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Victor Bravo

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That's quite an achievement, however the fine print says that the current certificate if for an airplane-only version. I understand that this is a two step process, and that FAA certification is a huge achievement, but what is the case for buying an airplane-only version?
 

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The Terrafugia web site says they haven't gotten NHTSA's blessing to allow them to sell it as a car. Car manufacturers have to pass all kinds of crash standards, bumper height rqmts, probably EPA rules, etc. But, in a lot of states, can't an owner build or buy a vehicle and get it registered for road use? Some minor requirements (gotta have a windshield, all the required lights, seat belts, etc). So, maybe the Terrafugia could be registered as a car, just not sold as one.
 
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The Terrafugia web site says they haven't gotten NHTSA's blessing to allow them to sell it as a car. Car manufacturers have to pass all kinds of crash standards, bumper height rqmts, probably EPA rules, etc. But, in a lot of states, can't an owner build or buy a vehicle and get it registered for road use? Some minor requirements (gotta have a windshield, all the required lights, seat belts, etc). So, maybe the Terrafugia could be registered as a car, just not sold as one.

Can you register an experimental homebuilt car??
 

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Sorry, slightly OT, but the way to sidestep this FAA vs. NHTSA certification problem is the same way POTUS and most civilized heads of state do it.

A larger aircraft lands at the airport, the ramp comes down, and the roadworthy vehicle rolls down the ramp. When the camping (or campaigning) trip is done, roll the road vehicle up into the aircraft and fly away.

In the case of budget-minded private pilots in the GA world, you can use the same principle but scaled down to reasonable costs. An airplane the size of a Caravan with a 450HP V8 and a couple of lightweight carbon e-bikes or light aluminum frame motorcycles. Maybe one motorcycle with a fold-out sidecar.

While on the camping trip, the inside of the airplane serves as the camping cabin.

No FAA hassle, no roadworthiness hassle, you have a good airplane in flight and a good road vehicle on the ground.

And when the need arises, you have a small cargo airplane when you need to go deliver 25 rescue dogs to a no-kill shelter in another city.
 
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