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Missionary Steve Saint and his FAA Certified Flying Car – Click above to watch video after the jump

Some folks don't have the time to sit around and wait for Terrafugia to produce a flying car. Steve Saint is a missionary and the head of I-TEC, a non-profit company that provides technology and training to the indigenous Waodani Indians of Ecuador. He needed a way to get in and out of remote Amazon areas, and a flying car would certainly do the job. Saint decided to build one himself, and it just received FAA Certification.

The car, called Maverick, is a buggy of sorts that is powered by a 250-horsepower Subaru engine. The car is light, so that's enough power to propel it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. When Saint wants to take to the air, he raises a 25 foot mast that locks a parachute in place, then he flips one switch, which connects the engine to the large propeller at the rear of the vehicle. The Maverick is now ready to soar through the sky.

Saint may use the Maverick to assist the Waodani tribe, but he insists that there are many other uses for flying cars, and that they could prove to be a useful tool for a wide range of commercial applications. I-TEC believes it can built around 100 cars per year and that they should cost around $80,000.

Engage your mast and parachute to fly over the jump and check out the Maverick in action.

[Source: CNN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      can't this a##hole leave those people alone? haven't they killed enough of them with diseases already?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Before the Christian missionaries reached these tribes, they were at the brink of extinction, mainly due to tribal warfare. These people are now prospering. You may not share the beliefs of the missionaries but these are the facts regarding these Ecuadorian tribes. You may want to watch the movie based on the first contact, "The End of the Spear."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Willute Read a history or book, or hell read the bible. Christians have done much worse over the years than fly planes into buildings.

        Though I don't agree with Adil either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not every missionary is a Spanish conquistador.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Religion turns to science yet again to solve its problems. Will they admit it? No.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, I won't state someone specific as being Christian, as it is in very poor taste. And how is my point pointless? You've only supported what I've said.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isaac Newton was a devout Christian, he actually wrote more books on the Bible than on Physics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect getaway car... mmmm
        • 4 Years Ago
        The off roadiness of it would make it a great get away car. The several minutes to make it take flight might be a hinderance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will there be a WRX version?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      intersting but the paraglider isn't exaclty fast. how about an inflatable wing instead. we should have plenty strong fabrics these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one cool missionary. Makes me want to convert to Christianity ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      He says you can see someone that needs help, land and drive to them, but it seems the glider chute which what Ill call it, needs to be taken care of on landing and before take off.

      Make that automatic and then it would be tons better.

      For the future that is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can think of about 20 nefarious uses for this vehicle.....

      I love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why didn't they show it deploying the chute and taking off? That to me, means that it can't do that. He showed the "FLY" button, but didn't show what it does. Anyone have a link of it going through the change from driving to flying?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are these type of projects almost invariably powered by a Subaru flat 4??

      I mean that can't be all that common of an engine - Subaru is a small company, and yet there are so many projects like this one that use Subbie power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it has something to do with the reciprocating forces of opposed cylinders canceling each other out, making for a smoother ride/fly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably due to the immense number of wrx's sent to the junkyard post-hooning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        because it's barely changed in 30 years and it is turbocharged.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I haven't done my homework, but could it be a weight issue? With Subaru's involvement with racing, it's possible this is the lightest engine with the power requirements required.

        Also, I'm wouldn't fly in anything powered by a Ford or GM engine, sorry. As an American, it pains me to say that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More of a powered parachute that can also drive rather than a car that can fly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you ever seen anyone achieve flight from the ground with a parachute? This is a fabric wing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty interesting.
      They have a youtube channel

      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=itecusavideo#g/u

      I am wondering about legality for driving it on the road. I guess that would vary by state.
      They drove it like 1400 miles to got to Oshkosh though.
      Still, I really wonder about that street legality even more when it comes to being something sold as a 'car' in any sense for use in the states.
      I've also seen a couple references to going on water and snow - but don't see anything more. Perhaps they are just talking about flying over??

      I also see hints about it having offroad ability. I don't see it going anywhere worse than pretty flat fields with short grass or similar. That is not exactly offroading. And not exactly the conditions I'd expect to find driving to somebody injured int he amazon after I landed.

      It also seems to be pretty short take-off/landing. However it is not VTOL.
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