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This is sourced from CNN student news Oct. 21


ANNOUNCER: It`s time for the shoutout. Which of these words is an antonym for static? If you think you know it, then shout it out. Is it immobile, magnetized, dynamic or didactic? You got 3 seconds, go.

Static relates to things that are at rest, so its antonym or opposite is something that`s in motion or dynamic. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

AZUZ: And aerodynamics deals with the motion of air and with the force on things that are in motion in the air. So engineers have to consider aerodynamics when they are designing cars and planes. Or in the case of the Transition, both. It`s a new kind of vehicle, and before you can get in it, you need two licenses – one for driving and one for flying.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s a bird, it`s a plane. It`s a Transition?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Traditional cars are in for some serious competition come 2015. The Terrafugia Transition — literally a flying car. To be fair, it`s closer to a plane that drives than a car that flies.

Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia`s co-founder and CEO, got the idea for his flying car while he was studying at MIT.

CARL DIETRICH, CEO, TERRAFUGIA: The Transition is the evolution of a lot of years of thinking and you know, dreaming about things like this, and it started long before me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Way before. Glenn Curtis, the chief rival of the Wright brothers, designed the first flying car in 1918, but his bulky three-wing Curtis autoplane could only hop. So it flunked (ph). But what was once the stuff of fiction is now reality. If you have $279,000 lying around and at least 20 hours of flying time under your belt – the standard needed to pilot a light aircraft – this flying car could be yours.

The Transition is essentially a small plane designed to be roadworthy. Push a button and the wings pull up, allowing the pilot to drive it like a car. It even runs on regular, unleaded gasoline.

DIETRICH: It definitely gets a lot of attention. You know, when you are driving this on public roads, or we had it at a gas station yesterday filling up, and you know, people definitely stare a little bit. I would say it`s better than having a super sports car, I mean, because this one really does fly.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But is it safe? Dietrich says it is. The flying car can travel at a speed of about 215 miles an hour, with a range of about 450 miles in the air, similar to a small plane.

DIETRICH: The Transition is kind of a symbol of what we can accomplish, and these things are totally technically achievable.



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