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Maverick Flying Car Gets S-LSA Certification


October 7, 2010 — The FAA’s Orlando Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) has issued a special light-sport aircraft airworthiness certificate to I-TEC for its Maverick - a flying car that drove nearly 1,300 miles to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Technically classified as a powered parachute by the FAA when in flight configuration, the ASTM-compliant Maverick uses a patented dual-drive system and integrated controls that allow ground and flight operations using the same steering wheel and throttle control pedal.

Indigenous Peoples’ Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), headquartered in Dunnellon, Florida, plans to produce the roadable aircraft commercially for extreme sport enthusiasts, search and rescue operations, fire spotting, and other uses to help defray costs to its primary non-commercial market: Remote areas in the world without roads.

I-TEC’s Troy Townsend says receipt of the airworthiness certificate culminates six years of research and development, and hopes are to be in production by EAA AirVenture 2011. Initial cost will be $84,000 and I-TEC has about 10 firm orders in, with another 90 strong inquiries.

To get the first machines out there, I-TEC will produce the first machines in experimental LSA configuration (E-LSA) and provide a $5,000 discount, then ask first customers for extensive feedback. “We want to know what people think about it, if they have any problems, or suggestions to improve it,” Townsend said. “We’re looking for feedback, and a lot of it.”

Future versions will also include amphibious floats, which would allow I-TEC to apply for an increase on gross weight from 1,320 pounds to 1,430 pounds. The company is also in the process of acquiring a manufacturing facility located on Dunnellon’s Marion County Airport (X35).

To learn more, visit the Maverick and I-TEC websites.

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