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.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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