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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedCarter shows off new PAV prototype
By A.J. Forst, EAA AirVenture Today

Photo by Tyson Rininger
Jay Carter of Carter Aviation unveils their latest four-passenger variant of the autogyro.

July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, WisconsinCarter 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.

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