TerraFUGIA – First Flying Car Approved In The United States



Federal Aviation Administrations Exemption No. 16648

The First Flying Car For U.S. Citizens

The TERRAFUGIA TRANSITION


We should see these babies on the road soon.


Below is the exemption granted to the first FAA approved sports class aircraft that is set to meet DOT regulations

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON, DC 20591

In the matter of the petition of
TERRAFUGIA, INCORPORATED

for an exemption from §§ 21.181(a)(3)(i), 21.190(a), 43.3(c), 43.7(g), 61.89(c)(1),
61.303(a), 61.315(a), 61.411(a), 61.415(a),
61.429(b), 65.107(b) and (c) of Title 14,
Code of Federal Regulations
Regulatory Docket No. FAA-2014-0935

GRANT OF EXEMPTION

By letter dated November 4, 2014, Mr. Carl Dietrich, Ph.D., CEO/CTO, Terrafugia,
Incorporated (Terrafugia), 23 Rainin Rd., Woburn, MA, 01801, petitioned the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) on behalf of Terrafugia for an exemption from §§ 21.175,
21.181, 21.182, 21.190, 21.191, 21.193, 43.1, 43.3, 43.7, 61.1, 61.23, 61.31, 61.45, 61.89,
61.113, 61.303, 61.305, 61.315, 61.317, 61.321, 61.325, 61.327, 61.403, 61.405, 61.411,
61.415, 61.417, 61.419, 61.423, and 61.429 of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). The proposed exemption, if granted, would allow the Terrafugia Model Transition® to be certificated, operated, and maintained under the regulations applicable to aircraft issued a special airworthiness certificate in the light-sport category with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 1,800 pounds and a maximum stalling speed (VS1) of 54 knots calibrated airspeed (CAS) at the aircraft’s maximum certificated takeoff weight and most critical center of gravity.
To obtain the desired relief, the petitioner requires exemption from the following regulations:

Section 21.181 prescribes, in pertinent part, that:
(a) Unless sooner surrendered, suspended, revoked, or a termination date is otherwise established by the FAA, airworthiness certificates are effective as follows:‖
(3) A special airworthiness certificate in the light-sport category is effective as long as—
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(i) The aircraft meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft.

Section 21.190 prescribes, in pertinent part, that:
(a) Purpose. The FAA issues a special airworthiness certificate in the lightsport category to operate a light-sport aircraft, other than a gyroplane.
Section 43.3 prescribes in pertinent part, that:
(c) The holder of a repairman certificate may perform maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations as provided in part 65 of this chapter.
Section 43.7 prescribes in pertinent part, that:
(g) The holder of a repairman certificate (light-sport aircraft) with a maintenance rating may approve an aircraft issued a special airworthiness certificate in light-sport category for return to service, as provided in part 65 of this chapter.
Section 61.89 prescribes in pertinent part, that:
(c) A student pilot seeking a sport pilot certificate must comply with the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section and may not act as pilot in command—
(1) Of an aircraft other than a light-sport aircraft.
Section 61.303 prescribes in pertinent part, that:
(a) Use the following table to determine what operating limits and endorsement requirements in this subpart, if any, apply to you when you operate a light-sport aircraft. The medical certificate specified in this table must be in compliance with § 61.2 in regards to currency and validity. If you hold a recreational pilot certificate, but not a medical certificate, you must comply with cross country requirements in § 61.101 (c), even if your flight does not exceed 50 nautical miles from your departure airport. You must also comply with requirements in other subparts of this part that apply to your certificate and the operation you conduct.

If you hold And you hold Then you may operate And
(1) A medical
certificate (i) A sport pilot certificate, (A) Any light-sport aircraft for which you hold the endorsements required for its category and class (1) You must hold any other endorsements required by this subpart, and comply with the limitations in § 61.315.
(ii) At least a recreational pilot certificate with a category and class rating, (A) Any light-sport aircraft in that category and class, (1) You do not have to hold any of the endorsements required by this subpart, nor do you have to comply with the limitations in § 61.315.
(iii) At least a recreational pilot (A) That light-sport aircraft, only if you hold (1) You must comply with the limitations in § 61.315, except
certificate but not a rating for the category and class of light-sport aircraft you operate, the endorsements required in § 61.321 for its category and class, § 61.315(c)(14) and, if a private pilot or higher, § 61.315(c)(7).
(2) Only a U.S. driver’s license (i) A sport pilot certificate, (A) Any light-sport aircraft for which you hold the endorsements required for its category and class. (1) You must hold any other endorsements required by this subpart, and comply with the limitations in § 61.315.
(ii) At least a recreational pilot certificate with a category and class rating, (A) Any light-sport aircraft in that category and class, (1) You do not have to hold any of the endorsements required by this subpart, but you must comply with the limitations in § 61.315.
(iii) At least a recreational pilot certificate but not a rating for the category and class of light-sport aircraft
you operate,
(A) That light-sport aircraft, only if you hold the endorsements required in § 61.321 for its category and class, (1) You must comply with the limitations in § 61.315, except § 61.315(c)(14) and, if a private pilot or higher, § 61.315(c)(7).
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Section 61.315 prescribes, in pertinent part, that:
(a) If you hold a sport pilot certificate you may act as pilot in command of a light-sport aircraft, except as specified in paragraph (c) of this section.
Section 61.411 prescribes in pertinent part, that:
―Use the following table to determine the experience you must have for each aircraft category and class:‖
If you are applying for a flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating for . . . Then you must log at least . . . Which must include at least . . .
(a) Airplane category and singleengine class privileges, (1) 150 hours of flight time as a pilot, (i) 100 hours of flight time as pilot in command in powered aircraft,
(ii) 50 hours of flight time in a singleengine airplane,
(iii) 25 hours of cross-country flight time, (iv) 10 hours of cross-country flight time in a single-engine airplane, and
(v) 15 hours of flight time as pilot in command in a single-engine airplane that is
a light-sport aircraft.

Section 61.415 states in pertinent part, that:
If you hold a flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating, you may only provide flight training in a light-sport aircraft and are subject to the following limits:
(a) You may not provide ground or flight training in any aircraft for which you do not hold:
(1) A sport pilot certificate with applicable category and class privileges or a pilot certificate with the applicable category and class rating; and
(2) Applicable category and class privileges for your flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating.
Section 61.429 states in pertinent part, that:
If you hold a flight instructor certificate, a commercial pilot certificate with an airship rating, or a commercial pilot certificate with a balloon rating issued under this part, and you seek to exercise the privileges of a flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating, you may do so without any further showing of proficiency, subject to the following limits:
(b) You must comply with the limits specified in § 61.415 and the recordkeeping requirements of § 61.423.


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