June 20, 2008
-- MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Garrow Aircraft, a privately-owned design firm, today released details on its unique aircraft architecture, the Verticopter™
. It has been many years in the making, and has passed several critical phases in final design, in simulator performance and in benchmarking.
The never-seen-before aircraft configuration can be categorized as a “co-axial tilt-prop flying wing” and is capable of both very Short Take-Off and Landing (STOVL)
and Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) operations based on its loading conditions.
is a convertiplane that relies on thrust vectoring through a relatively simple prop-tilting mechanism which is uniquely integrated at the center of the wing, while allowing excellent streamlined airflow in both vertical and level-flight operation. Its aerodynamic performance brings it on par with today’s best turboprop airplanes.
The company website, dedicated to the Verticopter™
concept, has been launched today and can be visited at http://www.verticopter.com
“We are excited to finally publish new information about this innovative aircraft design that went through more than one hundred design iterations over several years and that now exhibits very satisfactory design and flight characteristics across the whole speed envelope,” says Oliver Garrow, inventor and owner of Garrow Aircraft. “A wealth of information such as applications, specifications, datasheets, benchmarks, multimedia collaterals, and the entire simulator environment can be found on the Verticopter site. We strongly encourage aviation enthusiasts to discover the Verticopter™
and fly it in the low-cost X-plane 9 simulator”.
Initially planned as a licensable product, the Verticopter™
is a highly scalable platform, which yields aircraft with wingspan ranging from several feet to several tens of feet, and can accommodate various specific missions such as manned and unmanned air surveillance, point-to-point VIP transport and medical evacuation.
Garrow Aircraft will also launch its first exhibit of the Verticopter™
technology at the upcoming Vertical Challenge 2008, the premier helicopter air show in northern California, on Saturday June 21 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. The Verticopter™
demo booth will be at the location NP-8 in the military section, from 9AM to 5PM.
About Garrow Aircraft
Garrow Aircraft is a privately-funded design firm that addresses the challenge of practical and reliable vertical flight and "near-vertical"
flight. As the inventor of the unique Verticopter™
platform, Garrow Aircraft has registered several Design and Utility Patent and Trademark applications with the US Patent Office and with similar international organizations in order to promote and license this technology.