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JETcopter completes turbine testing

22nd November 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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JETcopter has completed primary air turbine testing of its JETcopter vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, confirming the concept feasibility, the company announced on 19 November.

The company has also released the latest JETcopter design. With the new design, JETcopter has become more compact with a flatter bottom and will be able to drive on roads as well as fly. The JETcopter interior looks similar to medium sized helicopters, with the pilots seat in front and six seats behind for passengers.

JETcopter will have a rear ramp for easier access and to load and unload bulky goods or embark and disembark passengers faster.

The vehicle’s engine compartment, with two 400hp automotive motors powering two counter rotating fans, will be located on top of the fuselage. Airflow from these two fans will be diverted to four vectoring nozzles. The amount of power given to each output point can be manipulated to control vertical hovering and manoeuvring. Once the JETcopter is in the air, its fixed nozzles tilt for horizontal flight, and from there it operates much like a jet.

The company is planning to build a cargo version of the VTOL-aircraft, which will be followed by a passenger version at a later stage.

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