NH's Landmark Flying Car Law
On NH Roads, Flying Cars Are Legal
|Source: Samson Switchblade Flying Car|
Source: The Jetsons' TV Show
The Jetsons Law - Landmark Legislation
New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to allow flying cars to drive on its public roads. NH Governor Chris Sununu signed into law a bill making the Granite State the first in the US to allow pilots/drivers to drive their flying cars legally to the airport for takeoff and then drive them to their final destination. This is historic, landmark legislation for the flying car industry. The so-called Jetson Law makes flying cars road legal.
Terrafugia and Samson Sky
The new law doesn't allow flying cars to take off and land on public roads. It is an acknowledgment that the future of travel for the public will include flying cars. The biggest players in the flying car industry are US and Dutch based. Terrafugia is a Massachusetts startup that is owned by the global automaker Geely of China. Terrafugia has more than 100 employees working on their flying car prototypes. Another major player is the Dutch company PAL- V, which has a US office at Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.
Samson Sky's Switchblade
Another major player is Samson Sky, an Oregon startup with a hot flying car called the Switchblade. The vehicle is classified by the US Department of Transportation as a motorcycle. The company prefers to call it a flying sports car because of its high performance. It has a turbocharged, lightweight V4 engine. On the road, the Switchblade can go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and hit speeds of 125 mph plus. In the air, the vehicle has a cruising speed of 160 mph, top speeds of 190 mph and a range of 500 miles. No word on when the flying cars, now under development, will be finalized and go into "mass" production.