Re: PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT/TECH Re: personal VTOL only needs...

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 17:40:49 MST

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:

> Main rotor dia. 18.50 ft. Maximum height 92 in.
> Gross weight 546 lbs; Empty weight 290 lbs; Useful load 270 lbs.
> Maximum speed (sea level):70 mph; Cruise: 52 mph; Rate of climb: 1160 ft/min.
> Effective range: 30 miles; Range at sea level (with 170 lbs. pilot and 86 lbs. of fuel): 166 miles

I am impressed they are able to get these kinds of numbers
with those shorty rotors.

> More recently (like _now_), has a coaxial rotor gizmo that has been
> flying as a prototype for at least two years. It also flies with 40 hp. They spec their pilot weight at _155 lb_.
> Spike, are you listening? Time to suit up and preflight...

I hear ya. With me aboard, there would be 30 additional pounds
available for fuel. Im in. {8-] spike

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