If Carl Dietrich has his way, Cars will be zipping over our homes. The 28 year old MIT student's design for a Personal Air Vehicle has won the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
The Flying car has been named Terrafugia Transition Personal Air Vehicle. A look at some details of the Transition:
The Transition would weigh 1,320 pounds, feature a 100-horsepower engine, stand 6 1/2 feet tall, and be 80 inches wide. ''If you can fit a Cadillac Escalade in your garage, you can fit this," said Dietrich. Schweighart, an MIT graduate who now works at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, adds that the Transition will be best understood as a ''drivable airplane." Their hope is that it will fit into the new FAA category of light sport aircraft and would take off from airports rather than lifting off from a driveway or roadway.
The Transition is different from the Moller concept as it will take off and land on traditional airports needing no special clearance from the FAA.