SkyRunner, a new recreational sports vehicle that is part all-terrain vehicle and part light-sport aircraft, will make its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week.
“Airports are not required with SkyRunner,” says Stewart Hamel, SkyRunner founder and CEO. “This vehicle will change the way people experience their world and provide pure enjoyment of flight. Imagine driving an all-terrain vehicle that can convert from road to air mode in three minutes — with SkyRunner, that dream has become a reality.”
SkyRunner uses reflex paraglide wing technology, which is known for its extreme pitch and roll stability, he notes.
“Open fields, grass strips and secluded beaches will be the runways of choice,” says Hamel.
SkyRunner weighs 926 pounds and can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 115 mph on the ground and 55 mph in the air, according to company officials.
The SkyRunner is powered by a 1.0 liter EcoBoost direct injection turbo engine. Company officials say it will see a 500 mile road range (at 53 mpg) and 200 nautical miles in the air. It is priced at $119,000.
A license to fly SkyRunner can be obtained with 12 hours of flight with a Certified Flight Instructor. Requirements for licensing include a valid driver’s license and a minimum age of 17. An FAA medical certificate is not required. Sport pilot regulations allow flight in daytime, VFR weather in uncontrolled airspace with a ceiling of 10,000 feet above sea level.
Over the next few months SkyRunner will be fulfilling ASTM Design and Manufacturing Standards for its S-LSA certification, company officials said. During this time, the company will accept $1,500 deposits for SkyRunner orders to be delivered in 2014.
For more information: FlySkyRunner.com