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Terrafugia suggests third prototype
First Posted: Wed 23 Jan 2013
Roadable aircraft developer Terrafugia has released the latest update of the development of its Transition vehicle.
Testing of the second prototype is continuing, although it is unsure whether a third prototype will be needed, with the company stating, 'Once the engineering team is satisfied that the majority of the field issues have been identified from this prototype, we will evaluate if the number and magnitude of potential modifications warrant the construction of another prototype prior to final compliance testing for certification.'
According to the company, recent flight testing has resulted in some aerodynamic improvements to the Transition. The most substantial modification has been the extension of the leading edge strake at the root of the wing. Videos of the further testing can be viewed on the Terrafugia website.
Mracek Dietrich, Chief Operating Officer at Terrafugia, said, “We are confident that production is on the horizon, but the final schedule will be substantially informed by the necessary actions that result from the ongoing testing program.”
The company's statement concluded saying, 'While we continue to make significant progress toward production, we do not have a specific date for certification and initial production at this time.'