Maverick S-LSA Flying Dune Buggy Coming to AirVenture
I-Tec Maverick Sport S-LSA
The I-Tec Maverick Sport flying car is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. It will begin the 1,300-mile trip from Florida to AirVenture on July 19, spending about a week both driving and flying. The Maverick Sport is a two-seat version of the original concept aircraft and was specifically designed to meet the light-sport aircraft definition. It has recently passed inspection for ASTM compliance and is believed to be the first commercially available special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) flying car.
The Maverick Sport was first displayed in April at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, where it attracted the attention of the light plane judges even though it wasn’t officially entered for judging. It was called a marvel of engineering and an amazing piece of equipment. Though many attempts have been made in the past to accomplish the blending of car and airplane, the Maverick Sport succeeds because its mission is different from most other attempts.
Instead of building an airplane than can be driven home after landing at the airport, the Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-Tec)has built an off-road car that can fly over obstacles such as rivers, mountains, or swamps and then land in a limited space to resume ground travel. I-Tec is a faith-based nonprofit organization that focuses on humanitarian aid in frontier areas of the world. Its programs bring much needed help in areas such as medical, dental, vision, and small engine repair. I-Tec’s work in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador revealed the need for a vehicle to reach the poorest and most undeveloped areas of our planet, so they invented it. In October 2009, the I-Tec team received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for its development of the Maverick.
The Maverick Sport is road legal, can achieve interstate speeds on the highway, has a robust suspension for off-roading, and is said to be float capable. Intuitive integrated controls work in the air and on the ground so the Maverick “flies like a car.” An educational forum by Troy Townsend on the Maverick Sport is scheduled in the Oshkosh ultralight forum tent next to the Ultralight Barn for Friday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. Troy will also appear on EAA Radio’s Hot Start! program at 9 a.m. CDT/1500 UTC, Wednesday, July 28, during AirVenture.