You guys are gonna love this. I'll post in 2 parts. Here is what Bruce Calkins had to say to Ricky Ong. a facebook page member.
We are still responding to the due diligence questions being received from Athena Technologies and their associates in China.
As for the status of the Skycar, the next phase of the Skycar testing here in the US will be to extend the hover flight characteristics with manned and untethered flights. We have prepared the M400X for the new, more powerful Rotapower engines required for this phase, and are working to integrate these engines with updated electronics being made for the M200 that make up the artificial stability system. When we get to the next set of tests with the M400X we will endeavor to safely demonstrate the new features with a set of piloted test flights defined by the FAA for our Experimental Aircraft.
After the completion of these tests, will hope to build up to three Skycar pre-production aircraft that will incorporate changes to the fuselage and cabin and prepare us for high-speed, and mid-air VTOL to high-speed cruise transition maneuvers. It is our intent to test the full-scale preproduction Skycar in a wind tunnel to validate the transition characteristics prior to performing this transition in flight, but high-speed flight tests may be performed that originate with the nacelles (engine pods) in the horizontal position rather than their VTOL-mode orientation of 45 degrees of rotation. These tests will require that the Skycar use a conventional runway for take off and landing and will be required only for these tests. The Skycar's VTOL mode take off and landing capabilities will continue to be demonstrated during other low-speed test flights. The earliest we anticipate an FAA certified production Skycar is now 2016, and due to the many milestones yet to be achieved it is very difficult to set an actual schedule of availability.
If I'd added a dollar to a savings account for every time you said something was "in the works" and took a dollar out every time such a think actually happened, I'd have a whole lot of dollars in the savings account, and none in my pocket.
When it first becomes available we expect it to sell for around $1 million, but we anticipate that the price will come down as we increase production and ultimately be a very affordable form of personal transportation.
Simultaneously we have been developing smaller one- and two-passenger Skycars that may be FAA certified under a spin-off of the Powered-Lift Category with similar characteristics to the Light Sport Aircraft category, which may eliminate the need for more complex certification and allowing one to fly an LS series aircraft without a standard pilot's license. We see the LS series aircraft as being both more affordable and usable, and therefore think there may be a very large market. Check out our web site for more information.
Textbook Moller behaviour....
We have moved to "deal to be signed within weeks" and "production to start 2014" to this...
Oh, and they still carry on with the illusion that they will get their LS series types certified as LSA...