2+2 Place Personal Air Vehicle & UAV
The 4-Place PAV is Carter’s current prototype. The configuration currently being tested has a 45’ diameter rotor and wingspan, with a 350 HP turbocharged Lycoming IO-540 engine. The design is for a 2500 lb empty weight capable of jump takeoffs up to 4000 lbs, and rolling takeoffs at a max gross weight of 5000 lbs. The Proof of Concept demonstrator (POC) is flying at a test weight of 3800 lbs. The design is predicted to be capable of 204 mph at full power at 7,500 ft, 214 mph at 12,500 ft or 245 mph at 25,000 ft. The POC has successfully demonstrated the vehicle’s jump takeoff capability, and is currently involved in flight testing to expand the high speed envelope.
The design is very versatile, with several variants around the same basic airframe, maintaining as many common parts as practical. A 200 HP diesel version will have an estimated empty weight of 1800 lbs, and a max gross weight of 3000 lbs. Larger versions will use the same 45-ft rotor and wingspan as being used on the current demonstrator. With a 1200 HP gas turbine engine, the aircraft will have an expected empty weight of 2500 lbs, and be capable jump takeoffs up to a maximum of 5000 lbs, with a 300 mph cruise speed. For all versions, the aircraft will be capable of both vertical take-offs and short rolling takeoffs, as appropriate based on the density altitude, gross weight, and available horsepower.