The FanWing is an experimental aircraft design that may be a break-through in the development of General Aviation aircraft. It has no propeller.
Instead, it incorporates a drum fan at the leading edge of each wing that extends the full span, from root to tip. The fan pulls the air in at the front and accelerates it over the trailing edge of the wing. According to the developer, the use of this configuration allows the FanWing to accelerate a large volume of air that achieves a high lift-efficiency for the aircraft.
If this design can be adapted to roadable aircraft the advantage is obvious. One of the truly serious drawbacks to public acceptance of Roadable Aircraft has been eliminated, namely the presence of a propeller on a road vehicle!
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Experimenters should be aware that the "Fanwing" is a patented design and anyone wishing to adapt the concept to another aircraft must make arrangements through the patent holder.
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