Recently it was announced that SamsonSky, the creator of the Switchblade Flying Car, would soon be sending its prototype out for its first test flight (drive?). With over 600 reservations for the flying car already in place, the company disclosed at EAA Air Venture this year that the first flight of this machine could be as little as two months away.
The machine, classified as a motorcycle by the US Department of Transportation, would be able to drive through IFR conditions to VMC, then transitioning in flight configuration once VFR conditions were reached.
The current design sports two seats, optional dual control, and is powered by a 190-hp motorcycle engine (not kidding, read the article) and would have an average cruise speed of 160mph. Initial design and testing suggests that the Switchblade can land in as little as 1,250 feet, even above stall speed.
I find this to be a step in the wrong direction. We already see aviation technology that is readily available being abuse (drone near A380, anyone?), and I see a similar trend here. Although the Switchblade is far more expensive than your common UAS, if it is not regulated in the same manner as other aircraft of similar size and performance, this will prove to be as equally a dangerous program.
Take a read of the article and post what you think? Good idea or bad?