As a child, I dreamed of the day when I’d be driving a flying car. Well, that day is closer than many of us probably thought possible. As Chris Woodyard writes in USA TODAY, “Even though its first flying car is still at least two years away, a Massachusetts aerospace firm has unveiled a new design for a future product after that, one more akin to a helicopter than a plane. Like its winged Transition flying car, its first product that is now scheduled for delivery in 2015, Terrafugia’s TF-X would drive like a car on the ground, then take to the air like a plane. But instead of requiring drivers to find a runway, they could merely head to the local helipad — or a parking lot — and take off using tilt-rotor technology… The current prototype now has 50 hours of flight time and quite a bit of driving on the ground. But even though the company says it has more than 100 orders and has pushed back delivery dates, he says another generation is in the works to make further improvements before any can be delivered.”
What struck me the most as I read the article was a comment by Richard Gersh, vice president of business development for Terrafugia. He said, “You’ve got to be looking forward.” I suppose not everyone has to be looking forward. But if you are the lead in an organization, including a church, part of your job is forward thinking. Casting a vision of what is not, but what could and should be. Looking forward is a calling and a gift.
To tell you the truth, I’m kinda looking forward to driving a flying car one day. But I’ll have to save up. As of this post, the sticker price for a Terrafugia TF-X is around $279,000. But not to worry, they expect that to drop as more supply is created to meet demand. 🙂