As if following that recognized reflection of Argentine rock that warns that the future arrived a long time ago, the flying cars they are getting closer to their passage through our daily lives. It’s that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from the United States announced that the three-wheeled model switch bladeproduced by the company Sky of Samsonrespects the safety parameters necessary to go out in the air and on the street.
Thus, after 14 years of waiting and production, the official tests can be carried out before the marketing and delivery of this car which will be a pioneer in the northern country: it is the first of these characteristics to receive official authorization.
Excited, the more than 2000 buyers who have reserved a model are waiting in their homes. Once the aforementioned valuations materialize, the company will put this copy on the market, which, in principle, will cost $170,000. “Switchblade will always be available in your garage, allowing you to leave your old life behind and go in search of new adventures.“, they anticipate with optimism from Samson Sky.
Beyond the fact that some general advantages and characteristics of flying cars are known, andThe Switchblade has a unique feature: it can be driven on land roads the same way it can be driven in airspace. This dual function of flight and route navigation is undoubtedly part of the added value that the Samson Sky managers in charge of Sam Bousfieldits founder.
The operation of the Switchblade is new for the daily life in which people move. With the push of a button, the driver can go from a car speeding through the streets of their city to a flying example slicing through the clouds at over 320 kilometers per hour.. The dimensions? 1.8 meters wide and 1.5 meters high.
To circulate on land roads, the Switchblade has a three-cylinder engine, disc brakes on its wheels and an interior dashboard in which the user can control various parameters such as the temperature thanks to an intelligent system. The fuel tank has a capacity of 125 liters and can be filled with 91 octane automotive gasoline.
This particular model can transition to your flight instance in just three minutes once the driver presses the corresponding button. The wings open and the tail lengthens to embark on a journey through the air up to at least 4,000 meters above sea level.
In the official information released by Samson Sky, we can also see the details and the objectives sought years ago. “Go from your garage to your destination in a single vehicle. Fly like a beautifully capable aircraft. Drive nimbly through twisty corners like a high-performance sports car. The best of both worlds at your fingertips”.
Those interested in booking one of these flying cars must complete a form on the Samson Sky website and pay a deposit of 2 thousand dollars. This sum will be refundable in the event of withdrawal by the customer. up to 30 days later before the official start of full-scale production.
Buying a Switchblade can include the kit for an additional $20,000 Help to builder Samsona training and support program to take full advantage of this issue. To be able to drive one of these cars, you must have driver’s license and also pilot’s licensenot a minor fact that should be taken into account when executing a reservation.
At the moment the Switchblade will only be available in the United States and its use will be really effective once the government of this country regulates these means of transport, which has not yet happened and will not happen from now on. less in the near future. For example, to move through the airspace, you would have to go from one runway to another. In any case, this is not an obstacle to marketing.
Sam Bousfield, director of Samson Sky, worked for 25 years as an architect before entering the world of aeronautics. To launch the Switchblade project in 2008 – 14 years ago – Bousfield invested $750,000 and dedicated himself entirely to the idea. “I decided to develop something that would seamlessly merge air and ground transportation using existing infrastructure,” he describes, of what he sees as “the next step into the future.”.