Friday, July 2, 2010

Not one but TWO flying cars!

Rogue Evolent featured this craft on Wednesday and it blew me away! (He posted a full description and the video, so visit Roads of Autumn Dusk for the low down and skinny on this flying car.)

This is the Transition Roadable Aircraft by Terrafugia.


It received certification as a Light Sport Aircraft and will begin production soon. The plane will cost almost $200,000 and requires 20 hours of flight certification. Its function is a plane, but once on the ground, the wings fold up and it can be driven like a car.

So basically, after you land, you just fold up and drive home!

I want one. Think it comes with photon torpedoes?

Then on the heels of this news came something from Sci-Fi Wire -

“Looks like Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov's next project could be to out-Bay Michael Bay, because he's in talks with Universal to create an English-language blockbuster based on his Russian-language hit Black Lightning. Bekmambetov has described his original film as a "Slavic Transformers meets Batman," and based on the action-packed trailer below, we can see what he means. The Russian-language original was a hit, taking in nearly $10 million during its first weekend.”






I’d like to see the Russian version!!

And finally…


No flying cars, but something really cool – the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Blogger award from Ted Cross
Thanks Dude – this is awesome!!


I’m passing it on to four bloggers –

Jamie at Mithril Wisdom
Bryan at SF Daddy
Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs
Hannah at Musings of a Palindrome

36 comments:

Will Burke said...

Hard to follow the subtitles, but it looks like a great flick!
Our roads are enough of a moron-magnet; I hope "Sport Flight" stays tightlt regulated!

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. The movie looks like a good one. The subs helped. I would love to fly a Car. Before that, I need to learn to drive a Car!

Toodles...

Jamie Gibbs said...

I've been wanting a flying car ever since watching The Jetsons...and the Kevin Smith sketch about flying cars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsFfBB2W7IA

Thanks for the award! It's pretty epic looking :D

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats on the award and also an excellent post.

Yvonne.

Hart Johnson said...

Hey there--that flying car is COOL! And guess what... I just drew YOUR NAME (well number actually--used a random number generator...) and you won the Tartiversary Critique--either a broad read of your next WiP, or a detailed read of up to 50 pages with feedback. It is transferable if you don't have any current works in need, or you can hang onto it if you have a work a couple months from done--probably easiest to email me and let me know how you want to collect: hartjohnson23 (at) gmail.com

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hi Alex, thanks for the visit, Yes I really did go through hell living at N. Ireland, I even had police cameras inside the house trying to catch the culprits.In the end I sold up and went to Spain close to my youngest son then came back to the UK.But that's life I guess put it down to experienece of life.

Yvonne.

Bossy Betty said...

OH! I really want a car I can fold up! Yes!

Matthew Rush said...

Dude, they promised us flying cars years ago!

And that movie looks freaking awesome, thanks for sharing Alex.

Budd said...

you know, people have a hard enough time driving in just two dementions.

Stephen Tremp said...

Now this is an award I definately appreciate. This is one of a kind. Thanks, and have a great holiday weekend.

Stephen Tremp

Tara said...

That movie looks awesome!
Congrats on the award :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, Jamie - you were first on my list!

Wow, I won? I'll send you an email, Hart.

Yvonne, that just sounds terrible!

Budd, I can only imagine the mess when more people take to the sky.

DEZMOND said...

OK, you've convinced me, you may send me one of those flying cars, thanks in advance :)

Timur Bekmambetov is getting really popular among the sf geeks, almost every other upcoming dark or sf movie project has him mentioned behind the helm.

Congrats on the Fantasy and SciFi blogger award, it looks really beautiful! Well deserved.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm gonna wait for the one that flies itself.

Helen Ginger said...

A plane/car would be mighty handy. If too many of them hit the sky/road, they'll have to be regulated or something, though.

Straight From Hel

Liza said...

I'm dating myself, but the first flying car reminds me of the cartoon: "The Jetsons," and how whenever I watched it I felt sure we'd have flying cars some day. Someday has arrived.

Bryan said...

Thank you for the award! We'll beam it aboard soon.

The Jetsons car is great. Ejecting the kids out of it in their own little pod instead of sitting in a carpool line-- now that'll be cool.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dezz, I'll place an order for you.

Bryan, you are welcome. And jettisoning the kids is a great idea!

arlee bird said...

I saw a television report about one of those flying cars a couple days ago. Sounds kind of cool, but it also sounds very dangerous if many people have them. Would they be regulated by the FAA and operators have to file flight plans? I can picture all sorts of weird accidents and flying cars crashing into houses and buildings. I don't know if this idea is going to fly.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Carol Kilgore said...

I need to start saving for that flying car now. I really want one!
Congrats on the award.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the trailer for Black Lightning - looks awesome! :)

I want one!

DEZMOND said...

PS Alex, you can modify the size of the embedded YouTube videos which you post in your blog so that they fit the width of your post by changing the size numbers in the embedding HTML code that you copied here from YouTube :) You can put for example width="425" height="325"

Cruella Collett said...

Flying CAR!!! I totally want one! Not that I like flying all that much. Or driving. But it would still be wicked awesome to own a flying car.

Next - flying carpets!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Arlee, it still has to pass all the tests of an aircraft.

Thanks, Dezz - I'll get that fixed.

rogue evolent said...

Alex,
You are indeed a WORTHY recipient of that nice Fantasy & Sci-Fi Blogger award.. kudos! Ted Cross knows his stuff :)
re: Black Lightning - - like the "Transformers meets Batman" woaaa.... does that mean everything will fly by so fast that we can't hear Christian Baile's growl?
best,
r/e

Beth Zimmerman said...

That is a way cool car! Of course James Bond drove the prototype years ago! And $200 grand puts it just a little out of my budget!

Ocean Girl said...

Cool.

The Old Silly said...

Great sounding flick and kudos on yet another deserved award!

Cheeseboy said...

Only $200,000?! I am going to start saving my teacher salary right away!

Karen Lange said...

I want one; it would make going to visit family (6 and 12 hours away) much faster. Then I wouldn't have to rent a car...
Happy 4th!

Mason Canyon said...

Anything that flys, I'm there. It sounds like something out of an Eve Dallas story by J.D. Robb.

Congratulations on the cool award. Well deserved.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rogue - ha! Guess we'll find out.

Karen, anything to keep from driving - I'm all in favor!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

flying a car.. if it's scifi you are there....How long have you been playing guitar... The pic of my son is over a pond... yes....

RaShelle said...

That flying car is too cool!!
Played a little Guitar Hero yesterday with my kids and thought for a second of you - only becuz I figured you'd think I was a total nerd. Happy 4th!!!

Jules said...

I read about car/plane thing as well, then I saw it with the wings folded up. My question: How do you drive it with no rear view mirrors?

Belbin9 said...

I agree with Will its hard to follow the subtitles but other than that it looks awesome. I have to see if after school I have a chance of working on the english version.

A flying car? Thats awesome! Definatly need myself one of those.