- Sep 17, 2008
You trim helicopters just like a fixed wing and fly hands off - UH 1 OH 58 . Where you learn to fly?I don't think there'll be much dead-simple stability stuff. You'd need 3-axis gyros, at minimum, with all the amplifiers and interfacing stuff.
Helicopter flying is challenging because of the inherent instability of the machine, and that's with fully-articulated rotors whose blades can adjust pitch instantly, unlike electric motors that have to spool up and down constantly. And the helicopter is normally heavier, while the multicopter is lighter and so response times have to be real quick. Moller's engines would have had much more rotating mass, and the lateral spacing of the pods was small, so controllability would never have been much more than marginal without computers that sense the tiniest departure from a commanded attitude.
The multicopter doesn't even have the pendulum effect of a helicopter.
Fixed-wing flight took a long time to develop. The Wrights weren't the first to try it. There were many failures before them. And fixed-wing flight was dead-simple, relatively speaking, while the multicopter thing is way more complicated.
Did not know that about helicopters,changes myYou trim helicopters just like a fixed wing and fly hands off - UH 1 OH 58 . Where you learn to fly?
The Bell 212 we had could go hands off and shoot approaches = fun stuff
the S 58 had a simple force gradient - no gyros = fat dumb and happy
The Los Angeles Airways S - 55 in the 50s mail running used rubber bands to cruise hands off for the long hauls
The Bell 47 you could friction the controls and lean where you wanted to go. Lunch on the fly
No gyros until the 212.... Even the R-22 flies well and has been landing in neighborhoods for years.
Multi copters are a big step backwards - Like electric cars from the 1800s
Don't need a ground crew. Unless lifting, reloading or FARs.Did not know that about helicopters,changes my
whole view of them.
Still the idea of the personal flying pod,PFP™, is long standing and will not be met by anything flying now,as it has to be easy to fly,and be capable of landing in most urban environments
without producing an instant canibal buffet,so shrouded props,anything with open props/rotors
and its better to stick with what we have now,in
controlled landing spaces,with trained pilots and
By any chance, did you fly those Los Angeles Airways runs in the S-61 between Century City and LAX in the mid 1960's?The Los Angeles Airways S - 55 in the 50s mail running used rubber bands to cruise hands off for the long hauls
Nope, My dad was a mail hauler/mechanic, My Mom Aunt Uncle and A/P Professor were there when they closed their doors, In the 55s they'd have one pilot and hauler for the stops where no one was around.By any chance, did you fly those Los Angeles Airways runs in the S-61 between Century City and LAX in the mid 1960's?
If so, I might have flown with you.... I would have been that little 5 year old spoiled brat kid with blonde hair, just mesmerized by flying around over the city.
He has had a winning solution to the problem of getting others to bountifully support his personal fantasy.The Canadian engineer popularized vertical takeoff and landing technology, but the flying car dreamer is a skeptic about today’s would-be air taxi startups.www.fastcompany.com
He still believes that he has a winning solution
In concept, electric motors make it practical to divide up a given amount of power over many smaller motors, each with its own rotor. It is possible to get low, efficient disk loadings in this way.Big difference between helicopters and quad copters. Disk loading and rotor pitch. Helicopters are pretty well figured out. Quad copters waste power like crazy. An electric helicopter makes way more sense than a quad copter.
Then why isn’t it flying?His SkyCar is a sound design
Why do they deserve support? By what criteria do you arrive at that conclusion?Moeller and his design, his company, deserve support.
What attackers? Physical attacks, or people who criticize his much hyped, but non-functional, “aircraft”?Many of P Moeller attackers remain in the field of criminal offenders.
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