Aircraft Also Features A Ballistic Recovery System
SAMAD aerospace, the British hybrid electric VTOL aviation company is pleased to launch its concept for Q-Starling, a high-end Personal Air Vehicle (PAV).
Combining the benefits of traditional flight with VTOL capabilities, the Q-Starling will seat two passengers and can be flown by pilots with an anticipated appropriate class rating.
The cockpit has been designed to automotive standards of comfort and will include additional transparencies and synthetic vision to enhance situational awareness. Q-Starling will be powered by a hybrid-electric turbo-generator which will provide power for a large diameter hover fan and a fly-by-wire controlled ‘Reaction Control System’ (RCS). The turbo-generator will then provide forward thrust once the aircraft has transitioned from vertical flight.
Controlled by a comprehensive electronic flight system, the Q-Starling will have numerous and extensive safety systems in-built to prevent the aircraft from departing the flight envelope. In keeping with other ultra-light aircraft it will feature a ballistic recovery system.
The traditional rudder pedals have been absorbed into the flight system and present the pilot with a simplified side-stick control. The Q-Starling will maintain full authoritative control but having the benefit of a simplified control interface.
The aircraft is expected to offer a low entry barrier to private flight with an expected conversion requirement of around 10 hours for the average PPL.
All materials used in the aircraft are made of ultra-light carbon fibre giving a higher performance capability and enabling semi-aerobatic manoeuvres due to the increased strength of the composite material and design.
Speaking from his UK Head Office at Cranfield Technology Park, Dr. Seyed Mohseni, CEO of SAMAD aerospace, said: “The Q-Starling will give owners the ultimate luxury in personal hybrid-electric flying. The efficient sustainable Q-Starling will give passengers unparalleled point-to-point mobility options.”
SAMAD aerospace continues to lead the way in the development of hybrid electric aircraft. The SAMAD aerospace team intend to make flying as common practice as driving with the ability to move directly from point-to-point.
News source: aero-news