News Listings for CarterCopter

  • Army plays it safe on heavylift

    News | 03 Oct 2005 23:00

    US service awards five study contracts for transformational requirement, but is programme ambitious enough?
  • Deadline passes for US Army’s heavylift VTOL

    News | 01 Aug 2005 23:00

    <P>Bids have closed for conceptual design study contracts for a potential new US Army vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of carrying a 20,000kg (44,000lb)-payload for 460km (250nm). The Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) at Fort Eustis, Virginia is planning to award multiple contracts to investigate at least one potential Joint Heavy Lift (JHL) design each in cruise-speed bands of 160-200kt (300-370km/h), 200-250kt and 250-300kt and above.</P> <P>The concept design analysis (CDA) stage is intended to identify designs that have a “reasonable chance” of being ready to enter a mature development programme by 2012. The bidding process is expected to draw conventional and unconventional concepts, with the AATD understood to be planning to award several contracts to rotorcraft primes Bell Helicopter, Boeing and Sikorsky. But the agency also plans to reserve some of the awards for non-traditional rotorcraft developers, with bidders including the Baldwin Technol
  • Carter claims Mu record, but suffers another crash

    News | 11 Jul 2005 23:00

    <P><B>Mechanical problems hit high-speed technology demonstrator after successful flight</B></P> <P>Carter Aviation Technologies believes its innovative Carter&shy;Copter aircraft briefly, and unofficially, exceeded µ-1 (Mu-1) – the barrier to higher forward speeds in a rotorcraft – before suffering a crash later in the day that damaged the craft beyond repair. </P> <P><IMG height=275 alt="Cartercopter big" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=9196" width=450></P> <P>The CarterCopter is a technology demonstrator for a slowed rotor/compound helicopter design, which developer Jay Carter has consistently pushed as a novel platform for achieving record rotorcraft speeds. Designed with the aim of overcoming the Mu-1 barrier (see box), the CarterCopter is a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that uses the rotor for take-off and landing, and a propeller and small fixed wing for high-speed flight which, theoretically, could reach up to 430kt (800km/h). </P> <P>The company was flight tes
  • Looking for lift

    News | 02 May 2005 23:00

    The time is ripe for a major technology push in US army aviation. But are the helicopter manufacturers in a position to provide it?
  • PAV projects in progress

    News | 08 Feb 2005 00:00

    <p>The UK's Kestrel Aerospace is one of a number of specialist technology companies with personal air vehicle (PAV) prototypes waiting in the wings. Kestrel has designed a single-seat aircraft based around its patented electrically-powered vertical take-off and landing propulsion system (<i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Flight International</i>, 18-24 May 2004). </p> <p>The Stoke-on-Trent-based business, founded 18 months ago by former soldier Simon Scott, has won a contract to supply its propulsion system to Californian wireless communications airship developer Sanswire, and is about to put an unmanned air vehicle, using the same technology, on the market in the next few months. Scott says the PAV prototype - which weighs 295kg (650lb) without a pilot - will be ready for hover testing within six months.</p> <p>In the Netherlands, Spark Design is seeking investors to raise €10 million ($12.7 million) to build its proof-of-concept motorcycle gyrocopter chimera. Known as the pers
  • Fly drive future

    News | 08 Feb 2005 00:00

    <p>Will personal air vehicles be a common sight in the skies by 2030? NASA and a handful of inventors believe the concept is fast becoming viable </p> <p>The boy presses his face against the window and looks down to see if his friends are already at school as his mother follows the motions of the sidestick and gently banks the personal air vehicle - her &quot;PAV&quot; - towards the strip of tarmac reserved for pupils being &quot;dropped off&quot; by air.</p> <p>His mother follows the guidance cues as the power automatically comes back and the fan makes its distinctive murmur in the spiral duct behind their seats. Their PAV touches down on the left hand of the school's three parallel landing zones and, after slowing to walking pace in less than 70m (230ft), she retracts its gull-like wings and rolls the vehicle to the drop-off point by the tennis courts. </p> <p>Getting out, he pauses to watch her taxi to the departure point, extend the PAV's wings and take off in less than 50m, bef