27-Oct-2010 Source: Carter Aerospace
Wichita Falls, TX â€“ Carter Aerospace Development, LLC (Carter Aerospace), a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is announcing that they have received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA for their Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) to begin flight-testing. The PAV is Carterâ€™s second generation, proof-of-concept (POC), air vehicle incorporating their revolutionary slowed-rotor/compound (SR/Câ„¢) technology.
According to Jay Carter, Jr., President of Carter Aerospace, â€œWe are very excited to have completed the development and prototyping phase on the PAV, but we actually had an aggressive ground test program to finish before we could head to the airport. Weâ€™ve automated many systems that were manual on our first test aircraft. Most controls are now computerized and automatic. These needed to be thoroughly tested. The PAV went through numerous run-up and jump take-off sequences while anchored in our test pit. That way we were able to safely monitor all control systems on the aircraft before we left the shop.â€
Pit testing of the PAV was completed in early-October and the PAV has been transported to the test airport. The PAV will first be tested as an autogyro. Once those tests have been completed the wing extensions will be added and the next phase of testing, as a full SR/Câ„¢ aircraft, will begin. PAV test results will be posted on the Carter website as they become available.