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Discussion in 'The Ten Mile High Club' started by Kevin, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Kevin

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    So how do we classify that aircraft?

    Prop driven... so not a jet, but powered by turbines (the venerable PT6), and flies like a helo. :cool:
  2. KCook

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    "bi-bird" (think about it, but not too hard)
  3. Jet News

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    Hope it doesn't have as many problems and crashes as it's military cousin if you can call it that, the V2 Osprey.
  4. Jet News

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    You really want a "bi-bird"? check out Eurocopter's X3 Prototype.

    Photo by Eurocopter

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  5. KCook

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    Humm, a single rotor 'copter with no tail rotor?
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    The props will take care of any directional needs, no tail rotor needed..

    Here is another one with no stinkin tail rotor:

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    We don't see your photo though Norseman!
  8. KCook

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    So if the motor on either prop has a bad day, hello pinwheel?
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    lololol KCook!
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    Nice photo. the props look nice in black and white....certainly that pinwheel effect but if one of them fails, the heli could be the pinwheel. I'm curious as to what would happen to the tilt rotor Agusta Westland 609 if an engine failed like during a vertical take off or landing.
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    Hmm, I don't see it myself no 'mo.

    Will go back and see if I can find a better source.

    The Copter is called a NOTAR, as in NO TAil Rotor.
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    NOTAR...Pic lifted from Wiki

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  15. KCook

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    Back in the '90s and early 2000s the police department here flew a NOTAR type chopper -

    http://www.policehelicopterpilot.co...oenix-police-department-air-support-unit.html

    When these were flying near my house, they were substantially quieter than any conventional chopper. Not exactly down to the stealth technology level, but still an impressive improvement in noise level. I would think these would be a natural choice for yacht tenders.

    Kelly
  16. Jet News

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    Well Kelly as you know, a few yachts have them as tenders.
  17. Norseman

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    Huh? That there picture ain't no NOTAR..:rolleyes:
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    Correct. But the text in the article below the photo does outline the NOTAR program at the Phoenix Police Dept. Unfortunately it does not go into why the dept did not stick with NOTAR.

    Kelly
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    Clumsy looking!

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  20. KCook

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    I'm surprised the prop/rotors are that big!