November 17, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
A company with a long history in developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will license technology from Carter Aviation Technologies.
The highly respected AAI Corporation, a Textron company, will consider the unusual vehicle for several applications. The craft uses a helicopter rotor for takeoff and landing, and wings with a pusher prop to achieve high-speed cruise flight.
Carter and AAI are evaluating a turbine engine, 7,250-pound UAV with a useful load of 4,750 pounds. It could deliver 3,000 pounds of cargo 1,300 nautical miles at speeds up to 250 knots. Or it could be configured to fly for more than 24 hours for surveillance or to direct artillery.
Officially, the design is known as slowed rotor/compound technology.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
Mavericks aerobatic team members are a highly seasoned group of pilots who prove age is no obstacle to flying with the utmost precision. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, legislation that would expand medical reform to include IFR. Also this week, join us for an AOPA-hosted event that teaches kids about aviation and animal rescue.
The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.
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