We have made great progress with the 1/4 scale radio control prototype, and hope to fly within 30 days. Bill Bohn in Tahoe has finished the tail assembly, and is working on the wings. The fuselage (body) should be fairly straight-forward, as it is built around the existing wood structure already assembled.
There will be a Progress Page done shortly with images, so look for that soon. We are currently working to locate a wind tunnel large enough to accomodate the prototype so that we can do a few tests before the big day! We have one in mind, but if you know of one 6′ wide or wider, please let us know so that we can choose the best facility for our purposes.
We have made trips to Wisconsin, Nevada, and Southern California recently to introduce the business to like-minded people. This has led to alliances that we anticipate will make the introduction and distribution of the Switchblade, as well as our future vehicles, that much more successful. We have also added new staff to handle our Dealership Program, which is being formed at this time.
A mold production facility has been located, and we are negotiating on several options to have molds made for the prototype(s). We would like to have two or three prototypes made for use in demonstrating the vehicle around the world, as we have enthusiastic followers from over twenty different countries. We have interest from the movie and television world, and this would allow us to provide a unit for their use.
We recently generated two different special editions to accomodate the extreme conditions found in both cold climates and hot, dry climates. These are being added to the new web site, which is nearly ‘live’. When the web site is active, please check theVehicles Section down at the bottom of the page for the specifics on those two vehicles. We will be adding an option for a Short Take-Off and Landing wing (STOL) that will decease maximum speed, but also decrease take-off distance and landing distances. Here is a preview of the “Aurora” (cold climate model):
People often ask us how they can help. Simply passing along our newest YouTube video link and web address to your friends and asking them to check it out is of great assistance. This particular video is a 5 minute long presentation of the concept and why it is important, including quotes regarding the state of personal transportation from Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Company. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
As always, the staff at Samson are looking forward with anticipation toward first flight, as I am sure many of you are. This will be a big year for the Switchblade, and should bring the realization of our dream into reality. It is your dream, too, so wish us luck!