Ian Anglin 
June 20, 2013
Is it a plane? Is it a car? Well, so far, a flying car prototype is the best answer—and a late one at that. Massachusetts firm, Terrafugia , has been promising delivery of the Transition for almost four years. The latest missed deadline? The end of 2012 , and to date, still no Transition. As you’d expect, it’s hard to build a flying car.
Founded in 2006 by a team of MIT-trained aerospace engineers and MBAs, Terrafugia had hoped to deliver the Transition in 2009. A prototype did fly that year, but after tests were completed, the Transition design was altered significantly. Another prototype took to the air last year. However, an unanticipated “redesign cycle ” to address more issues discovered during testing has been ongoing for over a year now.
On completion of this latest round of testing, Terrafugia will build a vehicle for crash testing, a drive test mule, and what is expected to be the final flight test prototype prior to production. Delivery is now estimated to be between January 2015 and March 2016.