… not another flying car?! but a mini plane that can land and drive on highways with a price tag of approx. 148,000.00 US$, and the need to be a qualified licensed pilot to take it for a ride.

—It might sound like a scene straight out of the Jetsons, but a Massachusetts company is developing a small airplane that can land, fold up its wings and drive down the highway.

Terrafugia Inc., a company founded three years ago by graduates from MIT, is in the process of building a prototype of The Transition, a 19-foot, two-seater that the company describes as a roadable light-sport aircraft. And it’s focused on building something that can take to the roads as easily as it takes to the skies.

“We’re not going to have a flying car, as people think of it, for a while,” said Anna Dietrich, chief operating officer of the Woburn, Mass.-based company. “I would never say it’s not going to happen, but today the infrastructure is not there, nor is the training, nor are the avionics that would make the training unnecessary. … What makes sense right now is a roadable aircraft.—