flying car may be just the
ticket for indigenous people
Resembles a black
dune buggy with a
propeller on the
Is powered by a 2.2-liter Subaru engine,
It has a 15-foot-long body made of a light carbon fiber on a tube frame,
weighs less than the 1,320-pound weight limit of a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA),
has a 14-gallon gas tank, se
seats three adults,
has air conditioning and cruise control.
enable the car to
The wing is stored on top of the car when not in use;
It needs about 100 yards to take off;
Pilots use the car’s steering wheel to steer;
It reaches elevations of 500 - 1,000 feet
To ascend, press on the gas pedal;
It ascends at speeds up to 40 mpg;
To decend, let up on the gas petal. .
Mr. Townsend said if the propeller was going and the wings were on, it could take off from Interstate 75 when it reached a high enough speed.
“It’s amazing,” one person said. “That would be all right, wouldn’t it? You get in traffic, you could fly right out of it!”
The Maverick is also well-made. It won the 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.
While the final prototype cost $80,000, Saint hopes to begin producing them soon and keep costs down. "It’s entirely possible this time next year it could be in production,” Saint said.
Troy Townsend was a Maverick’s test pilot. He said “our dream” is to commercially sell five of the crafts so they can sell at cost a sixth to the people who need it.
Mr. Saint is giving the Maverick Sport Flying Car he now has to the Waodani Indians. “They’re waiting for it,” he said.
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Backgrounds: Robert Kaufman Fabrics: http://www.robertkaufman.com/
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