Climb aboard the first flying car available on the American market | Architectural Summary
You’ve seen flying cars in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jetsons, and Harry Potter– and soon you may see them flying over your neighborhood. In late July, Samson Sky, a commercial flying car company, announced that its Switchblade model had passed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection, clearing it for flight testing. After reaching this milestone, the Switchblade is set to be the first flying car available in the American market.
With a sleek design, the two-seater converts from car to plane at the push of a button. Like the pocket tool from which it takes its name, the fenders slot into the vehicle’s body when it’s on the road, then pop out for air travel. Don’t worry: there is a mechanism that ensures that the wings always stay open in flight, even if you accidentally press a button at the wrong time.
The company’s founder and CEO, Sam Bousfield, was an architect before embarking on this latest venture, which has now been around for 14 years. “One thing that has always stuck with me is that an architect is both an engineer and an artist,” Bousfield said. AD. “It turns out to be a nice combination with which to approach something as original as a flying car.”
This experience in building design encouraged him to believe that a flying car could be both structurally sound and beautiful. “Our biggest problem so far has been the common misconception that a flying car has to be either a mediocre car or a mediocre plane or both. to think it couldn’t be done, I didn’t see it that way.”
The ship is flying at a maximum altitude of 16,000 feet, about 20,000 feet below where most commercial jet coast—and can reach speeds of up to 190 miles per hour. On the ground, estimated speeds are currently estimated at over 125 miles per hour.