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Over the past several years I've considered the use of a helicopter
as a PAV. However, ongoing problems have hampered this development.
My current version has addressed the following problems:
settling with power - reduced,
retreating blade stall - eliminated,
ground resonance - eliminated
vibrations - eliminated,
swashplate - eliminated,
tail rotor - eliminated,
center of gravity problems - eliminated,
100% power failure -eliminated,
weather related - reduced,
stupid human tricks - reduced,
ground handling - fully functional.
I'm looking for a helicopter designer/engineer who can act as a
mentor to review this design as to its airworthiness and viability.
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
-- Bernie Bon, August 9, 2006
Have you seen www.urbanaero.com? These folks have a partnership with Bell Helicopter and have flown their ship tethered.
-- Philip Greenspun, September 16, 2006