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Carter Aviation SR/C takes off like a helicopter and cruises like an airplane. It takes off and lands like a helicopter,
cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro. Carter Aviation Technologies Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) prototype can be flown with a fixed-wing pilot certificate, reached a true airspeed
of 200 mph at 10,790 feet msl on the milestone flight. Carter Aviation Technologies fixes the roll problem from rotors in fixed-wing flight: Slow the rotor so much that it becomes a nonissue in cruise flight.
The slow-moving rotor basically disappears from a drag standpoint-"it's like one thirtieth of the drag"-and the pusher-prop aircraft relies on lift from the long, thin wings. Because the aircraft takes off and
lands using the rotors, the wings can be optimized for cruise flight, he said. With a more powerful engine, he said that the technology could reach 500 mph. He touted the aircraft's ability to take off and
land vertically, autorotate at any altitude, and cruise at high speeds. http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2013/November/13/slowed-rotor-fast-aircraft.aspx
Are laptop batteries at risk for aircraft fires? Fires on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliners, together with two recent fire-related crashes of freighter aircraft, have increased fears about the flammability of modern airplanes. A report by the Royal Aeronautical Society points out that in America one flight a day is diverted due to a smoke incident and there is a one in 10,000 risk of a flight being disrupted by smoke causing the pilot to divert or make an emergency landing. Modern passenger aircraft are made increasingly of reinforced carbon fibre material which reacts more-and faster-to flame than aluminum. They are also more electrical than older models, with 150km of cabling in a single-aisle jet. Perhaps most worrying of all, there are now reckoned to be some 500 lithium-ion batteries on board a typical flight, including those in passengers laptops and on the flight deck, where pilots are turning more to tablet devices. While air safety in general has improved dramatically in the past 15 years, there has been no corresponding decrease in in-flight smoke alerts and emergencies. A host of measures are now being taken to reduce or mitigate the risks to passengers and crew. These include tougher rules to raise the standard of electrical wiring, tighter rules about the carriage of lithium ion in the cargo hold of both freighter and passenger jets, and better training to improve flight crew awareness of the risks of smoke and fire. Passengers must hope that such sensible measures will succeed in quelling the fears about batteries so that laptops are not banned from cabin bags.http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2013/08/aircraft-safety
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