The US Air Force first realizes EVTOL flying by the Air Force pilot remote.

US Air Force Afwerx Technology Accelerator Project announced that in December 2021, it successfully completed an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) aircraft for the first flight, and was remotely controlled by an Air Force pilot.

Afwerx launched in 2017, its purpose is to use military contracts, not only pay attention to technology itself, but also pay attention to its infrastructure, certification, inter-agency relationship and early operational use factors, to find a method of encouraging private companies technological innovation, thereby avoiding tradition Bureaucratic practice.

Kitty Hawk Company Heaviside Electric aircraft flying is manipulated by Terrence Mckenna, and he is the Air Force reserve pilot of the 370th flight test squad, is also the test and experimental person in charge of the Afwerx Agility Prime project, and the flight test is in the little eagle. The factory in Palo Alto, California.

美国空军首次实现由空军飞行员遥控的eVTOL飞行

Flying is a result of a four-day training program, that is, the use of the plane’s Buddy Box remote control Heaviside, the Buddy Box design is very like special motor vehicles used in the driving education, and the students control the vehicle, but the instructor reserves the main control. Event any vehicle instructions of the student. Through such exercises, the factory wants to make the air military personnel familiar with Heaviside, and can also improve the aircraft itself and its training methods. This is especially important because many EVTOL design is not fully compliant with the provisions of the US Federal Aviation Administration, which often makes them difficult to obtain certification.

美国空军首次实现由空军飞行员遥控的eVTOL飞行

Heaviside Evtol named by British engineer, physicist and mathematician Oliver-Haishi is a two-seat electric aircraft with six tilt electric motor propellers. When the thrust is down, these propellers allow the aircraft to rise vertically or from the short runway. Its speed can reach about 180 mph (290 km / h), which is 100 miles (160 km) in the case of charging of a battery, and the maximum takeoff weight is 880 pounds (400 kg), and each person weighs 176 lbs ( With 80 kg), two passengers can be accommodated, and one worth noting is that the aircraft is very quiet, only 35 decibels are issued at a height of 1500 feet (460 meters). This is more than 100 times more than the traditional helicopter.

美国空军首次实现由空军飞行员遥控的eVTOL飞行

According to the Air Force, the ground control station of the system allows the full flight plan programming to Heaviside to achieve autonomous implementation of flight tasks, although it can also be used to remotely fly as needed.

美国空军首次实现由空军飞行员遥控的eVTOL飞行

Once you get full, Heaviside and similar aircraft can achieve military and civil applications, including transport wounded, evacuated from hostile regions, transporting goods, providing first aid and medical services, helping fire fighting and searching and rescue tasks in remote areas.

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