Helodyne... no photos on their website. I balk at airplane companies who only have artists renditions and no actual photos to sell their planes, but it's sad when a company can't even afford an artist to do an artist's rendition.
Here's another unique concept, and they did have an artist:
Sky Voyage - Personal Aircraft by Jet Shao » Yanko Design
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Knowing nothing about the aircraft, we can't discount unconventional solutions such as plugging in aux tanks in place of removable seats. In terms of more conventional designs, I agree with you completely, but at this point, we just don't know. It's also at least nominally a compound helicopter of some type, so perhaps weight plays a larger factor - it's possible the rotor isn't completely unloaded at cruise speed unless there's only two aboard. That would have a big effect on cruise drag, and therefore range.One of the things that caught my attention was the range chart on the Helodyne vs Driving page. It has a 250 mi range with 4 aboard, 500 mi with 3, and 750 mi with 2 aboard. That's a huge change in range for a one person weight difference.
Looking at the rest of the website, you can see that this is being put forward by an industrial designer who may (or may not) have some level of experience with flying PPC's or PPG's. Industrial designers sometimes get it in their head that an aircraft is no different than any other design project, and something like this "Sky Voyage" is usually the result. They're neat to look at, and sometimes have some clever ideas, but rarely are they workable aircraft....Thanks Bruce for the link to this latest "crazy" to add to the pile of pretenders to the personal flying machine/commuter crown --it has elements of the Parafoil and the rigid mast like the Saint Maverick with even more drawbacks than either . as noted it will blow over with no provocation and looks to be rigid and uncollapsible even (and why run the lift wires to the TIPS? ..) --doesn't anybody think things through anymore while doing their photoshopping and CAD rendering ?
Hi Helodyne,Concerning bmcj’s 1st comment, yes, no pictures, see above.
Concerning bmcj’s second comment, well you have your numbers a bit messed up. If you hover your mouse over the edge of the colored rings, you’ll see that 4 on board is about 400 miles, 3 on board Is about 780 miles, 2 on board is around 1200 and pilot only is around 1300. Of course, these are all estimated and although we are reporting the exact number on the website, “your mileage will vary.” So Topaz has essentially answered this comment.
Rigid and uncollapsible? Doesn't the picture BCMJ added show a collapsed "wing", stored in the fixed mast? Apart from engine failure (does the wing collapse then?) and the VTOL mode (which is downright hilarious given the required power) it seems reasonably realistic to me?Thanks Bruce for the link to this latest "crazy" to add to the pile of pretenders to the personal flying machine/commuter crown --it has elements of the Parafoil and the rigid mast like the Saint Maverick with even more drawbacks than either . as noted it will blow over with no provocation and looks to be rigid and uncollapsible even (and why run the lift wires to the TIPS? ..) --doesn't anybody think things through anymore while doing their photoshopping and CAD rendering ?
... Under the direction of law firm Thorp Reed & Armstrong,
... it has been determined that displaying pictures of the Helodyne might jeopardize the ability to secure all patents
... Therefore, there are no "public pictures" of the Helodyne available.
Hmmmm... I'd be a little more generous than this. Helodyne wasn't featured in the artwork we saw earlier on this thread - that was another product from another company.Your already at a disadvantage, incurring costs for ART before you even build the prototype (20+ years). Hey at least your LAW FIRM got paid!
The fact is, you have NO models nor an actual working prototype to show, you must think Companies will beat a path to your door wanting to license your production rights.
Based on your comments, you have no original concept - "The features of the Helodyne have all been used on other aircraft" - What are your patent application numbers?