As the firm gears up to finally release its flying car next year, engineers from Massachusetts-based Terrafugia are set to reveal how the Transition was created.
During a webinar, scheduled to take place later today, Mark Corriere and Nicholas Tucker will discuss the design and development process, as well as talk about the challenges involved in building an aircraft that can also be driven on land.
The Transition took part in two 20-minute flight demonstrations in July and is still going through tests needed to earn it federal certification. The online event is being hosted by Nasa and will begin at 1pm EST (6pm GMT).
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Engineers from Massachusetts-based Terrafugia will discuss how they designed and developed the Transition flying car, pictured, set to go on sale in 2015. The online event is being hosted by Nasa and will begin at 1pm EST (6pm GMT) today
The Transition can reach speeds of around 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air.
It flies using a 23-gallon tank of automotive fuel and burns 5 gallons per hour in the air.
On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon.
The Transition has rear-wheel drive when on the road.
It comes with two passenger airbags, and a full-vehicle parachute.
The flying car is 2m tall, 2.3m wide and 6m long with a wingspan of 8m.
The Transition vehicle is part-sedan, part-private jet and is due to go on sale as early as 2015, although it may be released in 2016.
It has been in development for seven years and during flight testing in 2012, it successfully flew for eight minutes.
The vehicle was then driven around the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in July before transitioning into the jet and taking off on two 20-minute flight demonstrations.
The Terrafugia has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car.
It can carry two people, including the pilot, plus luggage and runs on unleaded petrol.
In a statement, the company said: 'Developing a practical vehicle that simultaneously satisfies road and aircraft regulations to become a true 'flying car' presents significant engineering challenges.
'Yet this is what the team at Terrafugia has achieved with their proof-of-concept vehicle, which has been flying and driving for the past 2 years.
'In the webinar, Terrafugia will discuss the design process for the composite structure of the Transition airframe and the role and benefits of physics based simulation.'
In a statement, the company said: 'In the webinar, Terrafugia will discuss the design process for the composite structure of the Transition airframe and the role and benefits of physics based simulation'
Phil Meteer, Terrafugia's Chief Test Pilot and Flight Test Coordinator is pictured driving the Transition vehicle. The part-sedan, part- private jet has been in development for seven years and is still going through tests need to achieve federal certification
Terrafugia has already pushed back the launch once. In 2012, the company said it would have to delay deliveries due to design challenges and problems with parts suppliers.
Transition is considered to be a light sports plane by the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, as well as being a road car.
Owners will have to have pilot's licenses, and will need to pass a test, plus complete 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the car.
The Transition made its first public flights, pictured, soaring for a total of 40 minutes over the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh aviation show in Wisconsin in July
The Transition, pictured, can reach speeds of around 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air. It flies using a 23-gallon tank of automotive fuel and burns 5 gallons per hour in the air. The flying car is 2m tall, 2.3m wide and 6m long with a wingspan, pictured, of 8m
The Transition's cockpit, pictured, has two seats and four wheels. It has wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car and can carry luggage. The vehicle runs on unleaded petrol
Despite the advances in technology the Transition demonstrates, critics have said that it is still not the vision of flying cars seen in many sci-fi films.
To answer these critics, Terrafugia also released designs for a TF-X Model of its Transition range in May last year.
The TF-X model will be small enough to fit in a garage and won't need a runway to take off.
Whereas the Transition requires a runway, the TF-X can take off from a vertical position because of motorised rotors on the wings.
This shot was taken by a camera fixed to one of the Transition's wing during its public flight over Wisconsin. The 20-minute demonstrations included flight manoeuvres over the show centre, converting from airplane to car, and driving along the flight line
The Transition flying car, built by Terrafugia, making a banking turn in the sky above Massachusetts. The car flew for eight minutes at 1,400 feet during test flights last year, before completing the public flights in Wisconsin in July
These rotors will work in a similar way to helicopter rotors.
Being able to take off from standstill means owners will be able to go from the road to the air straight from their driveways, car parks and even when stuck in traffic.
Although you will still need at least 100 ft in diameter in order to open the wings.
According to Terrafugia, the vehicle will carry four people 'in car-like comfort'. It is expected to be able to fly, nonstop, for 500 miles.
This shot shows the Transition plane switching from drive mode to fly mode. The wings fold into the side of the car, built from a Sedan design. Drivers can only take off in the Transition from a runway. The Transition has a maximum flight speed of 115mph
A Terrafugia test pilot fills up the Transition flying car with petrol. The Transition can hold 23 gallons of usable fuel and uses 5 gallons per hour during flight. On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon
When the TF-X - a new flying car design announced by Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia - is in drive mode, the wings fold into the side of the car and the rotors, which make it possible to take off in the TF-X from standing still, also fold away and tuck into the chassis
The TF-X model has not been tested yet, and prices haven't been announced.
Terrafugia hopes to have working models of the TF-X available for sale within eight to 12 years.
Like with the Transition, pilots will need 20 hours of flying and a pilot's licence to drive it, though.
The flying car has always had a special place in the American imagination.
Inventors have been trying to make them since the 1930s, according to Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst who owns R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, New York.
When the wings are folded away, the TF-X will be small enough to fit in a single-car garage. Terrafugia announced plans for the TF-X today and is hoping it will be road-ready in 12 years
When its not soaring in the air, the Transition's wings fold up, pictured, to make it a road-ready two-seat car
But Mann thinks Terrafugia has come closer than anyone to making the flying cars a reality.
The government has already granted the company's request to use special tyres and glass that are lighter than normal automotive ones, to make it easier for the vehicle to fly.
The government has also temporarily exempted the Transition from the requirement to equip vehicles with electronic stability control, which would add about six pounds to the vehicle.
Mann said Terrafugia was helped by the Federal Aviation Administration's decision five years ago to create a separate set of standards for light sport aircraft. The standards govern the size and speed of the plane and licensing requirements for pilots, which are less restrictive than requirements for pilots of larger planes.
Inventors and engineers have been working on the flying car concept since the 1930s. Here, a 1947 Convair Model 118 ConvAirCar is seen in flight
The 1930s Waterman Aerobile, pictured, was the first simple flying car to successfully be produced. A total of five were built and flown
Mann questions the size of the market for the Transition. The general aviation market has been in decline for two decades, he said, largely because of fuel costs and the high cost of liability for manufacturers. Also, fewer people are learning how to fly.
'This is not going to be an inexpensive aircraft to produce or market,' he said.
'It has some uniqueness, and will get some sales, but the question is, could it ever be a profitable enterprise?'
Mann sees the western US as the most likely market, where people could fly instead of driving long distances.
Reaching the end of an epic 2,000 mile railroad trek across the nation, Boeing 737 fuselage's strike imposing figures as they dwarf traffic and houses on their way to the airline giants Renton, Washington factory.
Having been built in Wichita, Kansas, the 100-foot fuselages are loaded onto freight trains to be transported over the Rocky mountains where they are assembled on a literal giant conveyor belt as part of the Boeing 737 Next Generation program.
The constant flow of the jets across the nation are to fill the near-insatiable demand for air-travel globally, matched by Boeing who declared late last year that they will increase the rate of 737 production at Renton to 47 jets a month by 2017 - more than 560 per year.
Mammoth: Boeing 737 fuselages are delivered by train to a Boeing manufacturing site in Renton, Washington over the weekend
Conveyor: Boeing officially cranked the production rate of its 737 Next Generation plane to 42 per month, an all-time high and hopes to be building 47 a month by 2017
From Wichita: The fuselages have been built in Kansas and have been transported over the Rocky Mountain's to be delivered to Renton, Washington
By 2017, Boeing and Airbus will be churning out a staggering 138 new jetliners a month. Both plane makers also are vying for a piece of the spare parts market, demanding royalties on parts that are sold directly to airlines and never enter their factories
Riding with the plane: These two Beoing workers are accompanying the multi-million dollar freight cargo that has been transported from Kansas to Washington
Long journey: The Boeing 737 actually starts at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, KS and the fuselage is transported by train to Renton
Arrival: The fuselages arrive at the Boeing Renton factory in Washington in preparation for their transformation into the world's most popular aircraft
Destination: Boeing's 737 manufacturing site is pictured with the Seattle skyline in the background in Renton, Washington February 26, 2014
Indeed, there is talk of the number of fuselages delivered by Spirit Aerosystems of Wichita, Kansas rising to as many as 60 a month by the end of the decade. Speaking to the Seattle Times in June, Spirit CEO Jeff Turner said that it was conceivable and that his firm would strive to do so.
Freight trains carrying complete 737 fuselages from Spirit run from Wichita, through Stevens Pass, along the Seattle waterfront and straight into the Renton factory.
THE BABY OF THE BOEING FLEET: THE 737 AND ITS PROLIFIC HISTORY
There are approximately 5,600 747's in service including, early 737's - which represents a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying
Across the world there are 331 airlines in 111 countries that are flying 737s
At any given second there are 2,000 737 planes in the air and one takes off or lands every 2 seconds
Across the model there are approximately 54,500 scheduled flights of 737s every day
Boeing 737s have carried more than 16.4 billion passengers - equivalent to every man and woman on earth flying at least twice
All Boeing 737s have flown more than 176.5 million flights since their launch
The steady increase rate is planned to match the introduction of the newest 737 model, the 737 MAX or Boeing 737 Next Generation.
It will be the third generation derivative of the 737 and will include 4 variations able to seat between 110 to 210 passengers.
The move is designed to keep up the staggering competition between Boeing and the European multinational conglomerate, Airbus and their A320 neo model.
Airbus last week said it will notch up production of its single-aisle A320 planes by nearly 10 percent, matching a similar move by Boeing. Both companies also are building many of their double-aisle plans at faster rates.
By 2017, Boeing and Airbus will be churning out a staggering 138 new jetliners a month.
Beverly Wyse, Boeing’s 737 program vice president and general manager, said the move is aimed at meeting increased demand from airlines in an interview with the Seattle Times.
'Our employees and our suppliers have successfully increased the production rate to unmatched levels over the last three years,' said Wyse.
'This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX.'
However, Airbus has already declared that it is steadily overtaking Boeing.
While Boeing has just over 1,600 firm orders for the MAX, Airbus has more than 2,400 for the neo.
The Boeing 737 is the best-selling and longest continuously produced commercial airliner of all time with over 10,500 deliveries and orders.
With approximately 5,600 737s in service, 25% of the world’s large jet fleet are Boeing 737s.
And Renton is very much a part of that success with 40 percent of the world's entire jetliner fleet having been built at Renton.
Construction: A Boeing 737 jetliner is pictured during a tour of the Boeing 737 assembly plant in Renton, Washington February 4, 2014. Boeing is set to increase its 737 production in Renton to more than two airplanes per day
End of line: The winglet of a Boeing 737 jetliner is pictured during a tour of the Boeing 737 assembly plant in Renton, Washington February 4, 2014
Planes are technical marvels that operate with great precision and safety, but the flying public still demands fares that cost less than a good hotel room, and jet fuel costs are likely to remain high. So airlines are driving hard bargains to pay as little as possible for jets
Boeing is selling some jets more aggressively, since Airbus has gained 60 percent of the market for new single-aisle planes, a market that represents more than half of the new planes to be delivered over the next 20 years