News Listings for Fairey Rotodyne

  • FARNBOROUGH: Is a rotary revolution on the horizon?

    News | 20 Jul 2010 08:00 | Jon Lake

    Despite the astonishing versatility of the helicopter, conferred by its ability to take off and land vertically, many believe that today's rotorcraft are...
  • 60 years of Farnborough air shows

    News | 03 Jul 2008 10:51 | Ian Goold

    <P>The Farnborough air show has moved only a small distance across the airfield, but it has flown a very long way in its 60 years. We review many of the world-famous event's developments and highlights.</P> <P>The Farnborough air show has reached its 60th birthday, and organiser Farnborough International is continuing to evolve and exploit the exhibition site. </P> <P>A subsidiary of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Farnborough International is taking the show into its seventh decade with vigour, applying 60 years' experience of meeting exhibitor needs, originally from parochial UK companies, then a fast-consolidating European region, and - since 1974 - from the worldwide industry. </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="WIDTH: 438px; HEIGHT: 325px" alt="at the first farnborough air show " src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=23650" border=0>&nbsp;</TH></TR> <TR> <TD> <H6 align=right>&nb
  • Gyro revival

    News | 21 Feb 2006 00:00

    US researchers are reviving the gyrodyne concept and designing the Heliplane, a rotorcraft that promises faster speeds than conventional helicopters
  • Groen Brothers starts work on high-speed VTOL Heliplane for DARPA

    News | 13 Dec 2005 00:00

    <P>Gyroplane developer Groen Brothers Aviation (GBA) has begun designing a high-speed, long-range vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft under a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. The Heliplane revives the concept of the UK’s Fairey Rotodyne, last flown in the early 1960s.<BR><BR></P> <P align=center><IMG alt=Heliplane src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10677"></P> <P>The contract, potentially worth $40 million, could lead to flight testing of a technology demonstrator based on Adam Aircraft’s A700 very-light jet by mid-2008. “We are reviving a 40-year-old concept to see if we can get performance out of a rotary-wing aircraft that is comparable with fixed-wing aircraft in speed and efficiency,” says DARPA Heliplane programme manager Donald Woodbury.</P> <P>The objective for the proof-of-concept demonstrator is a two-fold improvement in forward-flight performance over a conventional combat search-and-rescue helicopter, including a 350kt (645km/h) c
  • Ten ideas that failed

    News | 16 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>Heroic dead-ends</p> <p>A technology does not have to be a technical failure to be a dead-end - commerce, prejudice or politics can consign it to the dustbin of history just as effectively. So a radical machine still flying successfully but for which there is no Mk2 waiting in the wings is one without a future. In the same way, a dramatic technical advance which only ever fills a niche role, or fails to attract competitors using similar technology, is to all intents and purposes a failure - the large passenger-carrying hovercraft is the perfect example.</p> <p>1 Supersonic travel </p> <p>What a huge irony it is that the Concorde was retired in this, the centennial year of powered flight. In the end, high speeds and shorter journey times were not enough. Perhaps if the Concorde had been twice as big, a little slower, had a much greater range, been a lot quieter and more fuel-efficient, then it would have been a success. But there never was a Mk2 Concorde to prove that theory.</p>
  • Perils of prediction

    News | 01 Jan 2000 00:00

    Predictions can prove embarrassing. And airlines are much more cautious these days <p>If <I>Flight International</I> had polled airlines 30 years ago for their predictions on long-term developments within the industry, the answers would have been exciting, ambitious and possibly outrageous. They would also have born little or no relationship to subsequent events. </p> <p>If those airlines were asked today about their long-term requirements, their answers would be different - although the need for quietness and efficiency would still exist. </p> <p>Three decades ago airlines would have been predicting, and seeking, increased speed, capacity and probably vertical or vertical/short take-off and landing (VTOL or V/STOL) ability for their short-haul fleets. Now they are less visionary, with no burning desires to tackle high-risk technologies for additional speed. Instead, they are more interested in efficiency and reliability. </p> <p>Airlines want low-risk, competitively priced design