|CaraVella is back after several years of absence from AirVenture and is displaying its project in the Innovation Hangar South.
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
It is a real-life transformer. It drives the roads, transforms its form...and flies until time to land and reverse the process.
It's the "CaraVellair," CaraVella Aerospace's three-wheel roadable aircraft kit that integrates airplane, car, and motorcycle components into one vehicle.
CaraVella is exhibiting in the AeroInnovate Technology Showcase at EAA AirVenture 2012 this week.
The CaraVellair now street-legal prototype is making public appearances as it completes road-testing.
It has reached 65 mph on the highway while logging more than 300 miles. A mock-up tail was added to begin demonstrating high-speed operation in traffic and in crosswinds.
This innovation targets the homebuilder who is looking for something special but affordable.
CaraVellair uses a 1,000-cc, 175-hp sport-bike motorcycle engine but will be throttle limited to only 110 hp, thus improving its reliability, longevity and, probably, safety. A clutch interchangeably connects the wheel or propeller drive systems.
The reverse-trike configuration uses the stock motorcycle exhaust, transmission, and suspension for rear-wheel drive operation. The front suspension is automotive-based.
Headlights, turn signals, horn, and other required items come from the donor motorcycle, and the roadable fuselage meets all state and federal motorcycle regulations.
The next step will be to complete the propeller drive system, confirm smooth operation, and begin taxi testing. Once under propeller power CaraVella will finish the CaraVellair's engineering, construction, and test of the flight surfaces. A rigorous test-flight program will follow the installation of the flight surfaces.
CaraVella just started an online crowd-funding campaign to fund completion of the prototype. They also continue to seek engineering and manufacturing partners to accelerate the development program. Now that the prototype is street-legal, it provides an excellent moving billboard opportunity for sponsors.
Team highlights can be found at www.Caravella.aero, Facebook, and YouTube or visit it in Innovation Hangar South on AirVenture grounds.