Terrafugia Approved For Higher Weight, Stall Speed

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Terrafugia has received approval to certify its Transition roadable airplane as an LSA with a maximum takeoff weight of 1,800 pounds. The Massachusetts-based company announced this week the FAA approved its 2014 petition for exemption from LSA rules, which require a maximum weight of 1,320 pounds and maximum stall speed of 45 knots. The Transition will have a stall speed of 54 knots. The weight change is a second increase for the Transition, which received approval in 2010 for a weight of 1,430 pounds, which is the limit for amphibious light-sport aircraft.

The petition, which received support from organizations including the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, will allow the Transition to meet national highway standards. The company argued in its request that the aircraft will be more crashworthy and encourage pilots to take it on the roads rather than fly it in bad weather. The two-seat, composite-built aircraft drives and flies with a 100-horsepower Rotax 912iS engine.

Comments (5)

Is it not now time for the ____ in the FAA to approve Cessna 150 (MGW 1600 lbs) and Cessna 152 (MGW 1675 lbs) for LSA operation? Let's see if this ____ can come anywhere close to the safety and reliability history of a small Cessna (hint - Don't hold your breath).

Gerald King
Deer Park, NY

Posted by: jerry king | June 24, 2016 5:54 AM    Report this comment

This is ridiculous. A little overweight? OK. But this is 36% over weight and 20% higher stall speed.
If you want to certificate this vehicle, all right but NOT as Light-Sport. It's not even close.
I've been certificating Light-Sport aircraft from the beginning and this vehicle does not come close to meeting the letter or intent of LSA requirements.
DAR since the last century

Posted by: CYNTHIA ASBERRY | June 24, 2016 11:38 AM    Report this comment

I agree with Gerald King, there should be no reason that this doesn't automatically include the C-150/152. They are well documented to be one of the safest plane ever built and fits all of the other LSA criteria except weight, and now we can see that weight is NOT the limiting factor.

Posted by: Rick Martin | June 24, 2016 3:03 PM    Report this comment

Why would this severely compromised airplane/severely compromised car qualify for any exemption? What purpose does this ridiculous vehicle serve? To avoid a cab ride or car rental at your destination? It's clearly going to cost six figures more than most very capable LSAs--you can buy a lot of cab rides or rent a lot of cars for $100k+

Posted by: Thomas Reilly | June 24, 2016 3:50 PM    Report this comment

Gerald & Rick nailed it. Raise the artificial LSA requirements to include all training class aircraft. Traditional training aircraft are actually safer in many respects than some LSA classified aircraft(certainly safer than this weird lump of car/airplane will ever be).

Posted by: Mark Fraser | June 24, 2016 4:41 PM    Report this comment

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