Samson Sky Switchblade


Quick Summary

Samson Sky is a company founded by Sam Bousfield. Their Switchblade concept was unveiled at EAA AirVenture 2018, and has a target price of around $120,000. The switchblade is federally classified as a motorcycle - but it also flies.



Samson Sky







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details
Dimensions
Estimated GTOW 1,750 LB (Gross Take-off Weight)
Length 16.8 ft / 5.1 m (ground mode)
Length 20.2 ft / 6.2 m (flight mode)
Vehicle Width 6 ft / 1.8 m
Height 5.1 ft / 1.5 m
Wing span 26.9 ft / 8.2 m
Wing loading 26 psf / 127 kg/m2
Fuel capacity 30 gal. including reserve / 114 L
Performance
Maximum Airspeed 200 mph / 322 kph
Cruise speed 160 mph / 257 kph
Max driving speed 125+ mph / 201+ kph
Range 450 miles / 724 km
Fuel capacity 30 gal / 114 L
Take-off distance 1,100 ft / 335 m
Landing distance 1,600 ft / 488 m
Stall speed (with flaps) 67 mph / 108 kph
Max Takeoff Weight 1,750 lb / 794 kg
Payload

544 lb / 247 kg

Mileage
Fuel economy on ground ~40 mpg / 17 km/L
Fuel economy in air ~9g/hr / 34 L/hr
Type Fuel 91 Octane Auto
Engine

Samson 190hp liquid cooled V4



Our Take on Samson Sky


Samson Sky's unveiling of their flying car (or motorcycle, for technical precision) is their largest publicity attraction to date, and has gained them a large amount of traction in terms of public awareness of the company. The target price of $120,000 for the vehicle is expensive, but comparable to that of a well-equipped general aviation aircraft. Keep track of their flight testing progress as Samson Sky is already taking pre orders for their product.