February 5, 2014 - Carter Aviation Technologies announced its Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype autogyro broke five of its own records during flight tests conducted in January. With test pilot Larry Neal at the controls January 21-24, the autogyro set an altitude record just shy of 18,000 ft, a Mu (advance ratio) record of Mu 1.13, slowed the rotor to a new minimum of 105 rpm, achieved a level 202 mph true speed on 325 hp at an aircraft test weight over 4000 pounds, and flew for well over an hour representing our longest flight to date.
"We are expanding the envelope in baby steps and still have a ways to go," explained Jay Carter the president/CEO of Carter Aviation Technologies. "This aircraft should be able to fly up to 8 hours on its given fuel capacity, cruise at 220-plus mph, and up to 28,000 ft."
Visitors to the 2014 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, will have an opportunity to see the Carter PAV in April. The aircraft is also slated to appear at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 28-August 3, along with other air shows, cities, and military bases this year.
Carter adds that the company will soon contact the FAA to request a change to its certification from research and development to demonstration, which would allow access to multiple venues across the country.
"It is time to get our aircraft and technology in front of the public so we can gain support to move toward production," he said.