September 16, 2013 – Chinese Test New Rotorcraft

1 OF SEVERAL NEW CHINESE ROTORCRAFT UNDERGOING TESTING.

1 OF SEVERAL NEW CHINESE ROTORCRAFT UNDERGOING TESTING.

Source: Aviation Week and Space Technology, Sep 16, 2013 Issue

Avicopter (Chinese Aviation Company) exhibited its Feihong vertical takeoff-and-landing airplane, a technology demonstrator that is in flight testing. A lift fan is em bedded in the middle of the airframe of the aircraft, driven by a piston engine.

Flight testing revealed only straightforward problems at first, say officials, but the program is now working with advanced issue, such as trying to find the optimum method of achieving maximum altitude: with wing lift only, or with the aid of the fan. The Feihong is also a project of Avicopter’s Changhe Aircraft at Jingdezhen. The aircraft, not a model, was displayed at Tianjin.

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3 Responses to September 16, 2013 – Chinese Test New Rotorcraft

  1. Joel Wesley Small says:

    I happen to think that there is a large future for such an aerial vehicle, not just in China, but anywhere. I have to laud them for looking in this direction of aviation.

  2. Barbara G. says:

    I wonder what it’s forward air speed is? I would like to see it take off. Also would it need a runway or could it take off vertically?

    • Administrator says:

      This craft can hover like a helicopter and takes off vertically. The article didn’t list the speed, but other similar craft had speeds listed up to 335 MPH.