So for a flying motorcycle, design and functional compromises would almost certainly have to be made to accommodate twin missions, Nataraj adds. For instance, civilian aircraft must be much more robust than cars. “If you get a ding in your [car] door, no problem,” he says. “Get a ding in your wing, and you will not be flying.” General aviation pilot and flight instructor Jeffrey Geibel of Belmont, Mass., says a craft like the Switchblade would have to be maintained per the stringent standards of the Federal Aviation Administration.
None of this is lost on Bousfield, and like many a pioneer before him, he is pushing onward and upward. His next step will be wind-tunnel testing. An FAA-approved prototype is expected by year’s end. And after that, the rest could possibly be personal transportation history.
This article was originally published with the title Easy Flier.