Steve Saint of I-TEC drove his road-legal flying car, The Maverick, from Florida to the Oshkosh Air Show in 2010. The Orlando office of the FAA issued a historic Special Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificate to Itec, a Central Florida Non-Profit humanitarian organization on Sept 10, 2010; for their unique land, air, water and snow capable vehicle. Itec Design Manager Troy Townsend says the issuance of this first ever certificate for a vehicle that drives and flies, using the same simple controls that virtually anyone can master in a matter of hours, is the culmination of 6 years of research and development by Itec, the Indigenous Peoples’ Technology and Education Center in Dunnellon Florida.
The Maverick was developed as an all-in-one transportation vehicle for people in frontier areas of the world. Itec also plans to produce this unique machine commercially for extreme sport enthusiasts, search and rescue, fire spotting and other uses in order to lower the cost to its primary non-commercial market – Indigenous People in the world beyond roads. Since then the FAA has also issued the Maverick a S-LSA aircraft airworthiness certificate. I-TEC hopes to be in production by EAA Oshkosh 2011. The Maverick is the true flying car: drivable on public roads with a civilian driver’s license, and pilotable when airborne under S-LSA/E-LSA certification with a Sport Pilot license and Powered Parachute rating. Preparation for flight is quick and simple, thanks to our innovative wing deployment system, which also provides the Maverick maneuvering capabilities unique among powered parachutes.
Flight has always been one of man’s greatest dreams. While this dream has been grasped, the sky remains dominated by specialized equipment capable of little more than that for which they were originally envisioned. The Maverick aims to change that. Rugged and untraditional, the Maverick is designed to be a platform for whatever task you need it to perform, whether it be checking pipelines or cattle from the air or delivering medicine to tribes in the heart of the jungle. The key to the Maverick’s adaptability is that it transforms easily from an off-road “buggie”, to a highway-speed car, to an aircraft.