CGT-100 Gyroplane & CHT-100 Heliplane Transport
Carter has done some preliminary design on a transport aircraft with a 100' diameter rotor and wingspan. The aircraft is being designed for two variants - a gyroplane version capable of jump takeoffs and vertical landings, and a heliplane version with full hover capability. Most parts would be common between the two variants, except for the rotor gearbox and an optional engine configuration. Due to the increased power to the rotor necessary for hovering, the heavier gearbox would increase the empty weight of the hovering variant from 61,416 lbs to 75,172 lbs, and decrease the useful load by that difference. Both variants could be powered by a single P&W F135 engines, capable of simultaneously producing 29,000 hp & 18,000 lbs thrust. In the heliplane version, the jet exhaust will be vectored to counter rotor torque, and the aircraft will have the ability to hover at 145,000 lbs gross weight. The gyroplane verion could alternatively be powered by two Rolls Royce AE 1107C engines (as shown).