The ability to scale this design up or down to provide a range of aircraft sizes, means that the larger edition of this machine could have a capacity of up to fifty passengers. The smallest could be a two-place aircraft.
On their website, AeroCopter Inc. calls this vehicle the "Humming" and they state that the version "with 2 to 4 passenger capability has a great potential to be used as a SKY CAR or FLYING CAR."
The unique feature of this design is the use of the "Mono-Tilt-Rotor" system. It consists of a single disc, blades, and engines, which are horizontally mounted around the body of the aircraft. The spinning rotors provide the lift for vertical take-off.
Once aloft, a small engine in the aft of the fuselage provides thrust for forward motion. The ring is then tilted to an upright position and the rotors are feathered to reduce form drag.
Landing can be achieved by reversing the take-off procedure. Once the aircraft has landed, the Mono-Tilt-Rotor assembly will easily disassemble and/or fold up. The fuselage, now a two or four passenger car, can be driven away to access major business centers and highways. It will use the engine in the aft of the fuselage to provide power for ground propulsion.
The design incorporates the latest advanced technologies such as the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) and the Highway-In-The-Sky (HITS) technologies developed by NASA and the FAA. It also uses fuel cells, Maglev propulsion systems, Artificial Intelligent and Global Positioning System (GPS). It meets and exceeds existing and 21st century air transportation systems.
"SKY CAR" Key Innovations:
- Mono-Tilt-Rotor Architecture which does not need complex synchronization of the Rotors
- Electro-Magnetic Propulsion system to minimizing noise levels
- 100% Scalability
- Inherent Stability (Safety) rooted directly in the laws of physics
- Stability of the "Flywheel Effect" that takes advantage of inertial energy in the rotors.
- A unique large geometry of thrust, circularly distributed and located far from the Center of Gravity.
This report was posted to Roadable Times in 2006. More information is available at their website