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The Maverick flying car

The Maverick flying car
I-TEC's Maverick flying car
I-TEC's Maverick flying car
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We've certainly seen some high-tech wonders over the past week at AirVenture 2010, but sometimes it's the relatively low-tech aircraft that are the most inspiring. That's certainly the case with the Maverick, a flying car from Florida's I-TEC (Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center). The Maverick could fairly accurately be described as a combination dune buggy and powered parachute, not unlike the Parajet Skycar. While I-TEC initially plans on raising funds by selling Mavericks to recreational users, they ultimately hope to put the vehicles to use in impoverished African nations, where missionary pilots can use them to deliver medical supplies.

As a car alone, the vehicle's performance is pretty impressive. Its 140 hp, fuel-injected, 16-valve Subaru EJ22 engine sends it from 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds, it has a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h), and the whole rig weighs less than 1,000 pounds (454 kg).

I-TEC's Maverick flying car
I-TEC's Maverick flying car

When it's time to fly, the Maverick's central telescopic mast raises and acts as a wing spar for its chute, properly known as a ram-air wing. The flip of a switch diverts engine power from the rear wheels to the rear-mounted five-blade propeller, which propels the car across the ground, up to its take-off speed of 40mph (64km/h). Thanks to its ram-air wing design, the Maverick can take flight in only 300 feet (91 meters).

Once in the air, the vehicle's electronic fly-by-wire system allows the pilot to steer it with the steering wheel, just like they would on the ground. According to I-TEC, existing sport pilots can learn to fly the Maverick within 12 hours. A dash-mounted Garmin GPS allows for both aerial and ground-based navigation. In flight mode, it has a maximum payload of 330 pounds (150 kg).

I-TEC's Maverick flying car
I-TEC's Maverick flying car

Work began on the first version of the Maverick in 2008. It was completely rebuilt this Spring, however, with current version officially known as the Maverick Sport. It is licensed by the US Department of Transportation for ground travel, and is presently classified by the FAA as an experimental aircraft - I-TEC is trying to get it into the light-sport category.

The company claims that It should be available for purchase within a year, with deployment in Africa to follow.

Flying Car - The Maverick

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13 comments
Bill Bennett
why oh why do I have a problem with the missionaries in this, they tell people how to have sex, picture if you will two young Mormon males in this, bicycle helmeted black suit,white shirt, black straight tie flatlanders ROFL, I loathe flatlanders religion is nothing but social control from the BRONZE age that has survived from brain washing youth. Best Regards, Bill
mrhuckfin
I\'m not sure WHY you have a problem with missionaries? I know some, and they\'re good people who\'ve helped a lot of other people. There is always some sort of religion, such as the global warming religion going on, only now it\'s not God it\'s \"mother earth\" and instead of Satin it\'s \"evil man\" and we should all be dead except the elitist eco-boors! As for this little car I think it rocks! In fact I think it\'s better then most of the high tech flying cars that I\'m seeing right now. This one is a better car and it seems to fly pretty well too!
Facebook User
I\'m kind of with Bill on this. I don\'t want to see damn missionaries using it.
But on the other hand, I want one so bad. I would use it every day to get to work, until the police took it away. This is freakin\' cool. I found myself thinking about ways to move to Africa just to justify flying it. Seriously.
Stretch@StiltWalker.com
Outstanding! Maximum versatility with minimum weight! But I am puzzled why delivering medicine to those who need it is considered evil by the above commentators. I am also puzzled why the theory of global warming, (supported by facts) would be considered a religion .
waltinseattle
Oh yea of great prejudices! They are for Missionaries because they are from a missionary organization. Perhaps they are also against relying upon fossil fuels that can be pricey, hard to supply and the target of thefts. Whats wrong with that? Sounds like my crew bnack at the compound. But some might call that a religion too! hah.

Some seem to think the only religion is \"I WANT ONE TOO!\" (so fn cool, etc.. ad nauseum) well, you are what made america what it is instead of what it could be and gave us the indearing tag \"ugly americans.\" I see as many of them on the left as the right so don\'t even start that false dichotomy on me today!

As for me, I gonna talk to them ... my un-xtian self is gona do that...
Lokesh Tripathi
Its very strange when the inventor of this flying car is thinking in a different and strange direction. Such a transport could be better used for survailence, for emergency resque operations, flood monitorring, as an air ambulance or to reach the place where ground transport is tatally paralised....there are n number of applications one can think of using this aerogadget ! This is certainly not for the missionaries....what the hell they have to do with this ? Will they do baptisms in AIR ?? and that to in Africa...better to use it as air Safari !!! Crazy stuff indeed !

God bless those missionaries !
William H Lanteigne
I think there may be a niche for this, and it may involve humanitarian or \"missionary\" projects; but it could also involve adventuring, vacationing, or nefarious activities, like drug smuggling.
It\'s a tool; it could be used for good or evil, it could be productive or wasteful, but I\'m certain it\'s not intended to be a political tool- as some posters have hinted.
alcalde
Not good for surveillance - it\'s pretty noticeable and attention-grabbing. :-)
Not good for emergency rescue or air ambulance operations - can only carry 330 pounds when aloft; that means you\'re probably limited to two people max.
I think both Rana and the original designers agree on getting medicine to hard-to-reach places though.

Stretch, the problem with the example of missionaries delivering medicine is not the medicine. It\'s that the primary purpose of a missionary is not delivering medicine; it\'s converting people to their religion. The medicine is an attempted means to an end to win favor. This was going on in Iraq when one preacher set up a very large pool in the sweltering heat, but was only offering dips to U.S. soldiers who would agree to be baptised in it (the preacher was reported to higher ups for this, but I don\'t know what happened). I don\'t think people would have a problem if the example read Doctors Without Borders volunteers delivering medical supplies. There\'s no ulterior motive there. Me, when I think missionaries and this vehicle, I\'m imagining them carpet-bombing villages with religious tracts and mini-Bibles, Korans and Books Of Mormon. :-)

Anyway, I hope the designers have success both with selling this as a recreational vehicle and achieving their main goal of seeing it bring relief to rural areas in Africa.
mrhuckfin
Let\'s not forget this is being developed by a religious group specifically for there own use, it\'s just that by offering it to the general public they are trying to finance it\'s development and ultimately can support it for there needs. I still have no problem with anybody using this with a religious purpose in mind. Oh and \"Global Warming?\" WHAT facts?
aquasparky007
The missionary purpose proposed was not for Mormons. I went on a Mormon mission and LDS missionaries are not allowed to fly sport aircraft for safety sake. Many other Christian organizations send relief and medical missionaries to Africa with the sincere desire to help people and follow the example of the Saviour Jesus Christ. Some of these missionaries already use small aircraft in Africa and this could be a cost effective and practical form of transportation for them, especially since it is all terrain ground drivable. This vehicle has many uses for many people, it looks like a lot of fun, I wish Gizmag would have listed more specs like airflight range/speed and price to buy. I guess a link to the makers website would help.
[There's a link to the Maverick website in the last paragraph of the article. -Ed.]