New Hampshire passes "Jetson law" to allow some flying vehicles
New Hampshire is touting itself as the first state in the country to authorize flying cars, which is a bit of an overstatement.
Why it matters: The bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu, dubbed "the Jetson law," makes it legal for "roadable aircraft" to drive on the state's roads.
- That's not the same as authorizing urban air taxis to fly above those same roadways, something only the Federal Aviation Administration can do, and remains a long way off.
Yes, but: It's still an interesting development on the road to future mobility.
- It applies to small planes that can also be driven as cars.
- A handful of companies are working on such flexible aircraft, including Terrafugia, Samson Sky and PAL-V.
- The law allows pilots to drive these aircraft to and from airports but prohibits landing or taking off on public roads.
- Terrafugia and PAL-V both have operations in New Hampshire, and all three companies helped shape the legislation.
How it works: Terrafugia's Transition, for example, seats two and converts from drive mode to flight mode in less than a minute by pushing a button.
- It runs on automotive grade gasoline and the wings fold inward so it can be parked in your garage instead of an airport hangar.