The green light for airworthiness has been given after 14 years of development, and the team is currently preparing for flight testing, as first reported by New Atlas.
(Photo: Samson Sky)
The Switchblade gets its name from the way its wings, which swing like a knife when it is It’s time to go, come out from under his two-seater cabin. The tail, also stored behind the large pusher, swings out and unfolds into a large “T” shape.
Samson claims that a full push-button conversion from a street-legal trike to an airplane takes less than three minutes.
(Photo: Samson Sky)
Switchblade has a liquid-cooled 1.6-liter 3-cylinder engine that can generate 190 horsepower using regular 91-octane gas. As the vehicle begins to take off, an electric propeller motor and electric wheels are powered, which essentially works like a generator.
Additionally, the flying car can be registered as a motorcycle in several places despite having three wheels, and Samson claims it can go over 125 mph (201 km/h).
The Switchblade has a certain allure as it’s small enough to fit in a garage and be driven to a nearby airport, where the wings and tail unfold in less than three minutes to enter “flight mode” and its dimensions “ground mode” 16.8 feet long and 6 feet wide.
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Features of Switchblade
According to New Atlas, the Switchblade’s standard cruising speed is 160 mph (257 km/h), which allows it to travel 450 miles (724 km) on a full 36 gallon (125 liter) fuel tank.
For takeoff, the vehicle needs a runway of 1,100 feet (335 meters) and for landing only 700 feet (213 meters).
When the flight gear is rolled up, it easily fits into a standard garage as it is only 5.1 feet (1.5 meters) tall and has a footprint similar to a family sedan at 16.8 x 6 feet (5.1 x 1.8 meters). ).
The Switchblade is quite an expensive machine with an estimated starting price of US$150,000, but Samson has already accepted reservations for the first 1,670 units and counting, according to The Hill.
In fact, the company is eager to launch its prototype as a large portion of its bookings will turn into US$2,000 deposits within 45 days of the first public takeoff.
The Switchblade will be available as a kit that can be assembled at home in around 2,000 hours. Samson sets up a build support facility where owners can visit and use a “professional build team” and the best working environment to complete their aircraft within a week.
There may one day be a fully certified version of the Switchblade, as the manufacturer has designed it to also comply with Part 23 standards for full certification, according to New Atlas.
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