June 28, 2018 - Attendees of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 will get a glimpse into the possible future of aviation with a number of innovative companies bringing their products or concepts for the world to see.
Terrafugia, Inc., is in the process of producing a practical flying car called the Transition. A folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft, the Transition is designed to fly like a typical light-sport aircraft and drive like a car on the ground, running on premium unleaded auto gas. In the air, the Transition will have cruise range of 400 miles with top speeds of up to 100 mph, while on the ground it will drive at highway speeds. In addition, Terrafugia is also working on an all-electric flying car with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities and computer-controlled flight, called the TF-X. Terrafugia will be exhibiting at the UAV Showcase within Aviation Gateway Park.
Samson Sky is in the midst of creating a kit-built flying car, called the Switchblade — a three-wheel, street-legal vehicle that can be driven from your garage to a nearby local airport. Once at the airport, the wings swing out and the tail extends in less than three minutes. The Switchblade is projected to be capable of flying up to 200 mph and at altitudes up to 13,000, with a range of 450 miles. Samson will be exhibiting near Exhibit Hangar A, directly off of Knapp Street.
Electric Jet Aircraft, Inc., which will be stationed at the Innovation Showcase within Aviation Gateway Park, designs and manufactures personal VTOL electric-ducted fan flying machines. The company already produces the JetPod, which is a personal propulsion device used in towing kite surfers without a kite. Additionally, Electric Jet Aircraft is developing the EJ-1, a personal, electric jetpack.
Another company that will be exhibiting in the Innovation Showcase is Wind Craft Aviation. An experimental aerospace company integrating verge technology into VTOL aircraft, the group is composed of young students and inventors. The company’s goal is to advance personal aviation through creativity, engineering, and collaboration. Wind Craft Aviation’s design contains technology from Edison Vehicles and is a current entry in the Boeing-sponsored GoFly Prize.
These are just a few of the companies that will be exhibiting in Oshkosh this summer. More innovative aviation technology will be on display throughout the grounds and specifically in Aviation Gateway Park during AirVenture 2018.