PRINEVILLE, Ore., April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As the aviation
world heads to Lakeland, Florida
for the 44th annual Sun 'n Fun Expo and
Fly-In this week the Samson Sky organization,
developers of the Switchblade flying sports car, reached
reservation position 615. The Samson Sky reservation program was
launched at Sun 'n Fun just two years ago when the
first glimpse of the wing swing mechanism for the flying and
driving vehicle was released.
Samson Sky CEO Sam Bousfield,
designer of the Switchblade, believes that their vehicle's most
popular feature, helping boost those reservation numbers, may be
that it's seen as a truly practical flying car. "We have customers
from around the world, and many of them tell us the same thing -
this is the first flying car they could see using every day. They
want to go fast, save time, avoid being stuck in traffic and have
their wings and tail safely protected while in driving mode. The
Switchblade satisfies all those desires."
What would define a practical flying car? Most pilots would cite
having the flying surfaces protected while driving, as any
accidental bump could render the vehicle not flightworthy. Worse,
it might be damaged while parked, without you even knowing it.
While no vehicle is completely accident proof, the Switchblade does
protect the wings behind clamshell doors that close around the
stowed wings to protect them from being damaged or tampered with
while on the ground.
Although some may argue that being a capable flying machine with
reasonable range might be next on the list of features to qualify
as practical, others would propose that good road handling would be
equally as important. The Switchblade has outperformed everything
in its wheelbase (distance between front and rear wheels) compared
to Road & Track's slalom course historical data base, and it
has the power-to-weight ratio of a 2017 Corvette. At an anticipated
price of $140,000, it is actually
somewhat affordable. (Price tag for the standard model is one-half
to one-fifth the cost of other flying cars, as well as other small
aircraft with similar capabilities.)
"When the Switchblade finishes its first flight and the nuances
of construction are resolved, there will be something really new
and really different in General Aviation," said Jerry Clark, retired USAF pilot and Aerospace
Engineer. "The era of the 'Jetsons' will have finally arrived and
the world of aviation will undergo the same transition that the
Internet generated in the 1990's. The technology of our time will
finally be in the air at a price that is reachable."
Sun 'n Fun, considered one of the top air shows in the
world, is expecting 200,000 visitors from 60 countries this
year. In recognition of this, Samson Sky has several Switchblade
Ambassadors at the event making five presentations concerning the
state of flying cars today. With the recent release of the Pal-V
flying car at the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland, and the announcement of
production for the Terrafugia Transition to begin next year in
Massachusetts, flying cars are
gaining more credibility.
For more information about the Switchblade and to follow its
progress to launch, visit: www.SamsonSky.com.
Martha @ 530.320.9088 (mobile – call/txt)
or 855.772.6766 (office).
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