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The Future Is Here: Flying Car Is On The Verge Of First Flight


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The television show The Jetson’s prediction of the future is really starting to take shape.

The Switchblade a car that can also fly is on the verge of taking its first flight.

According to the CEO of Samson Fly Sam Bousfield, the Switchblade has already passed an FAA inspection on July 15th which determine the car is safe to fly.

Bousfield has been dreaming about flying cars since Kindergarten and within the next few weeks, his dream will hopefully become a reality.

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The Hill had more details to report:

The Switchblade, an aircraft that doubles as a car, could be just weeks away from getting its wheels off the ground after a Federal Aviation Administration inspection on July 15 determined it’s safe to fly.

The project has been 14 years in the making, and Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky and inventor of the Switchblade, said he’s “stoked” to reach this milestone. After passing the FAA inspection, his team wasted no time in beginning the high-speed taxi test. They were out on the taxiway the next day.

The high-speed taxi test was the first step. The next is flight. Bousfield said the Switchblade’s rubber could leave the road within the next few weeks, as soon as it’s ready to fly.

Bousfield, an architect-turned-inventor, said he’s been dreaming of and drawing flying cars since kindergarten. He said he can’t remember a time when the concept of a flying car didn’t interest or excite him.

While most people were asking, “How do you make a car fly?”, Bousfield instead looked at the challenge of creating flying cars in a different way.

“The question to me was ‘What layout of the vehicle, the overall design of the vehicle, is needed to actually have something that could both drive and fly?’ And I answered that question. And that’s how we got the Switchblade,” he said.

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Flying cars are something humans have been dreaming of for the last century. In Redmond, that dream is about to become a reality.

The Switchblade, an aircraft that doubles as a car, is just weeks away from getting its wheels off the ground after a Federal Aviation Administration inspection on July 15 determined the invention is safe to fly.

The project has been 14 years in the making, and Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky and inventor of the Switchblade, said he’s “stoked” to reach this milestone. After passing the FAA inspection, his team wasted no time in beginning the high-speed taxi test. They were out on the taxiway the next day.

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“[The crew] took off their ‘I’m doing R&D’ and they put on their ‘I am flight test’ crew hat, and I think that really set the tone for everything after,” Bousfield said. “So, we’re in a different game now.”

The high-speed taxi test was the first step. The next is flight. Bousfield said the Switchblade’s rubber could leave the road within the next few weeks, as soon as it’s ready to fly.



 

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