US startup Samson Sky is fast approaching 1000 orders for its revolutionary flying car – even though it has yet to make its first test flight.
The Samson Sky Switchblade – named after the way its wings open out for airborne use or fold beneath the fuselage in road-going guise – is not only attracting interest from the ranks of qualified pilots, but one in five of the last 100 orders are from people with no air time at all.
“We just passed reservation position No 870, which makes the Switchblade the world’s most popular flying car,” says Martha Hall Bousfield, reservation manager at Samson Sky.
The Switchblade is being designed to make the complete trip from home to an aerodrome, then to another airfield, before finishing the journey like a normal road car. On land it will be capable of speeds up to 120mph (192kph) and in the air 190mph (304kph). It can carry two people, overnight bags and features all the creature comforts of a normal production road car.
Samson Sky admits the Switchblade is a little behind rival concepts the Terrafugia and the Pal-V, all of which have completed their first test flights and are scheduled to enter production next year. But the company has already invested in production moulds for most of the larger carbon fibre parts of the vehicle and the first vehicles should roll out of the assembly factory before the end of 2019.
This video, produced in February 2018, offers an insight into how the Switchblade came about.
“The thrill of flying your own airplane is such a joy,” claims Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky. “It’s like floating above the world.”
Earlier this year, FreshOut.Today covered another exciting personal aircraft, the all-electric Blackfly – but this aircraft is not designed for road use.