- May 23, 2020
seems a long time no update?
If only the engines were electric, the company could be swimming in cash.
It probably doesn't need any more area for take-off and landing than most E-VTOLs anyway, right?
Couldn't disagree with you more ToddK. High on novelty - check. 'a solution in search of a problem" (bloody hell, I hate that cliche) NO. It is a rather elegant solution to the problem faced by every airplane designer - that of getting the CG right. One big engine up front, and you have to put the pilot way back. One big engine at the back, and the pilot has to be pretty close to the engine to get the CG right. This is a is a better solution. The double ender puts the pilot roughly half way between the engines, and allows cheaper powerplants while putting the pilot in a panoramic viewing position in that fully enclosed glass cockpit.Its going nowhere. It scores very high on the novelty index, but like most novelties its a solution in search of a problem.
The added complexity, weight, expense, and ongoing maintenance costs of such an airplane when balanced against a single large engine comes up very short.
Have to agree, if you listen to the narration in the video the designer flies in Africa. He wanted a redundant power-plant and inline so it would fly normal on one engine. He even does an in flight demo of one stopped engine and then fires the second one up. The Super Cub inspired main wing and all that flap make it very STOL, perfect for his mission. Anyone flying back country professionally or for pleasure would appreciate all of the above. I love the unobstructed bubble view. It’s not a solution looking for a problem IMHOCouldn't disagree with you more ToddK.