Will you fly or drive a car?
Aiming to be a breakthrough in air and ground transportation, Samsung Sky’s new flying car Switchblade has successfully completed its maiden flight.
CEO Sam Busfield joined FOX Business’ “Varney & Co.” on Monday to discuss the launch.
The three-wheeled, road-legal vehicle, which requires a private pilot’s license to fly and a driver’s or motorcycle license to drive, made its first flight 500 meters above Washington’s Grant County Airport. ft. and remained in the air for approximately 6 minutes.
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of switchblade flying sports car Classified as an experimental aircraft, it seats two crew members side by side and can reach a maximum airspeed of 200 mph and a cruising speed of over 195 mph. According to the company’s website, it has a range of 450 miles and uses 91 octane auto fuel for land vehicles, allowing it to fly at about 9 miles per hour, compared to 33 miles per gallon for land vehicles. It becomes a gallon.
Mr Busfield is a pilot, but said his first pilot was a “very experienced” pilot.
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Although FAA law prohibits aircraft from taking off from private or public roads, Busfield said the Switchblade is designed for “current” use and can take off from any airport.
“We have 5,000 airports in the United States, so we can take advantage of underutilized airport infrastructure and get ready now,” he explained.
According to the company’s website, the wings will deploy and the tail will extend within three minutes of arriving at the airport. The aircraft can then be flown directly to its destination at up to 200 miles per hour and at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Upon landing, the vehicle safely returns to driving mode. The flying car also has a system that prevents the wings from retracting in flight or the propellers from activating when not set to flight mode.
Although the demand is high, Busfield said they won’t be able to operate these vehicles for another two years. He already has more than 2,300 reservations for the flying car from prospective customers in all 50 states and 57 countries.
“As Elon Musk has said, the biggest challenge is getting production up and running. And that’s what we have to do, get production at a scale that matches the demand that we’re seeing.” he said.
The Switchblade comes in two basic versions, with prices ranging from $170,000 to $195,000. Limited edition models are also available, Busfield said.
The price does not include final paint, but it is equipped with many safety features, including a parachute.
“We are very proud to have a vehicle-wide parachute option for our vehicles so that we can use it if we really need it,” Busfield said.
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