Photo by Tyson
Jay Carter of Carter Aviation unveils their latest four-passenger
variant of the autogyro.
July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Carter
Aviation Technologies released details on its new personal air vehicle (PAV)
during a briefing Sunday night in the EAA Welcome Center. This
second-generation aircraft looks like a standard autogyro, but it takes
off and lands vertically. Billed to be “so safe that grandparents would
feel perfectly comfortable visiting their grandchildren in it,” the PAV
has a number of design features to make it so.
Carter claims the aircraft cannot stall or
spin, because when the plane slows, the rpm automatically increases to
transfer lift from the wings to the rotor. Autorotation effectively slows
descent, allowing the PAV to land safely even in a deep stall, according
to Carter. The landing gear will absorb up to 6g’s— 1,200 feet per
minute—of landing impact, and will not bounce. Centerline thrust
prevents it from bunting over if the rotor is unloaded and power is
applied, the company stated.
CAT plans to release four models of the PAV—the
two-place and four-place autogyro, as well as the two-place and four-place
compound gyroplane. The four-place prototype was shown, which CAT claims
can reach speeds of 140 mph with a range of 600 miles at 7,500 feet. The
compound four-place gyroplane with added wing extensions will reach 223
mph with a range of 768 miles at 12,500 feet. Both will have vertical
takeoff and landing capability.
Four companies have shown serious interest in
manufacturing the aircraft: VX Aerospace, Dynamic Composites, Eagle
Aviation Technologies Inc., and Liberty Aerospace Inc.
See the Carter PAV on display throughout the
week at the EAA Welcome Center.