The Plane Driven web site has announced the completion and flight testing of a fly/drive version of the Glasair Sportsman 2+2 kit aircraft called the PD-1 that will appear at Oshkosh AirVenture this year.
Plane Driven was conceptualized and founded by Trey Johnson after recognizing the potential of a roadable aircraft. Pilots who encounter inclement weather that prohibits continuous travel to their destination have desired a vehicle that could overcome this challenge. Over the past year the Plane Driven build team and engineers have worked on developing the unique design of the PD-1.
The PD-1 is designed to perform as an aircraft first and a road vehicle second. By incorporating a movable and auxiliary drive pod, the plane maintains its original center of gravity. During the transition, the wings rotate back along the side of the fuselage, the tail hinges, and vehicle controls are quickly snapped into place.
For more information on the project, visit Plane Driven.
A video is available here.