This new flying car could hit the market within weeks of getting FAA approval
A Ferrari-red flying car could soon become every commuter’s dream: it would fly over miles of traffic on its way to work, land, and then drive a mile or two to their parking spots.
Samson Air’s Switchblade, which took 14 years to manufacture, is now ready for its next round of testing. Previously, we reported that the Oregon-built vehicle was gearing up for road tests. On July 15, the Federal Aviation Administration determined it was safe to fly, so the flying car could be weeks away from going to market.
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The innovative vehicle was designed to offer all the conveniences of a luxury car, including its hybrid electric drive system, for a smooth journey through the air. When it lands, its wings fold over the sides of the car. Testing on the Switchblade has ramped up over the past year in anticipation of FAA hurdles.
“[The crew] took off their ‘I do R&D’ and they put on their ‘I’m a flight test’ crew hat, and I think that really set the tone for everything afterwards,” Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky and inventor of the Switchblade, says The hill regarding the progress of the vehicle. “We’re in a different game now.”
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The Switchblade, which can hold up to two people, can reach a maximum altitude of 16,000 feet, with a cruising speed of 160 mph. This height is low enough for the pilot and passenger to enjoy the view. The wings allow the aircraft to move from the ground to the air with a smooth transition.
One thing that customers are still guessing about is how people will insure the vehicle since flying car insurance was not created. Bousfield says owners will most likely need to purchase auto insurance and aircraft insurance for full damage protection.
Other flying cars are also preparing to take flight. The Klein Vision AirCar has been certified by the air transport authorities in Slovakia, in anticipation of being certified throughout Europe. Another competitor, Aeromobil, is working on a sporty AM4 model. In the Netherlands, the Pal-V Liberty is also working on certification.
When the Switchblade hits the market, it will retail for $170,000. The company currently allows customers to pre-book their car with a $2,000 deposit due 45 days after the first car is stolen.
So far, over 1,600 are on the reservation list and growing. You can reserve your spot here.
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