Carter Aerospace Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies of Wichita Falls, TX, announced today its completion of the first phase of flight testing of their new personal air vehicle (PAV). They first tested the PAV flight in October of last year with the goal of testing and refining the flight control systems for the aircraft.
During each flight, sensors on the aircraft downloaded more than 60 channels of information on the aircraft's performance to the control room computer. Four camera also recorded the visual performance of the aircraft including the pilots and controls in the cockpit. The company says almost all flight controls on the PAV are automated and controlled by an on-board computer and during the testing, the computer software used was refined several times to improve flight control and increase aircraft performance.
Highlights of the Phase I flight-testing came on December 02, 2010, when the PAV had its first flight pattern. The PAV also had its first 30 minute flight on January 05, 2011, and the first jump take-off for the craft came last Tuesday on the 18th. Carter Aerospace President Jay Carter Jr. told our crews, "we decided to breakdown the PAV flight-testing into two phases so that it would be easier to validate the control functions of the aircraft. For take-off and landing, it's an autogyro. For cruise it's a fixed-wind. We've now tested and refined the autogyro segment proving that we have the capability to do jump take-offs and zero-roll landings. This is a huge accomplishment for us. A major advantage of our technology is its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability."