At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, a healthier industry moved beyond the trauma of the last several years, rolling out an assortment of new production vehicles, concept cars, and even one flying car. Here are some highlights.
The Terrafugia plane is amazing. Fully equipped, I'd lay out about $300k. Now what have I got? A 3rd rate car and a low performance airplane. Fully fueled you can lift 319 lbs. of passengers and luggage at a bit over 100 mph. I guess I can't take my wife along since I'm in a at little over 200 lbs. fully clothed. Oh, I guess I can go short on fuel and stop every 200 miles or so to refuel.
Even worse, think about what happens when you're out on the road and some dingbat bumps into you. You won't be dropping your Terrafugia off at Dave's bodyshop for repairs. This will be a major hassle in time, expensive aircraft mechanics, and FAA inspection before you'll be flying again. Put a couple of dings on it and your insurance company won't want to know you anymore.
Or in simple terms that my former business partner from Oklahoma might utter, "that dog won't hunt"!