NewGen Rotorcraft CARLA Gyroplane
A major advance in light aircraft handling qualities and performance with cost-effective use of helicopter technologies.
NewGen Rotorcraft Limited has been set up by a broadly based and highly experienced aviation management, engineering and manufacturing team to design, certificate and produce Continuous Auto-Rotation Light Aircraft (CARLA) gyroplanes.
NGR has observed a significant gap in the general aviation market place which is to be satisfied by the CARLA concept. This exciting new UK project has passed technical and marketing scrutiny by the DTI and is about to move forward to the next stage of development. An important aspect of the project concept is that there is a pool of available expertise in the Yeovil area to enable the Company’s expansion in all the necessary disciplines and skills when required.
CARLA’s strengths are greater safety than helicopters and conventional autogyros, combined with purchase and operating costs similar to those near the ‘top end’ of volume production cars. Its unique rotor design ensures safe flight in all conditions (unlike conventional two-bladed autogyros, which can suffer from dangerous divergent oscillations in certain flight conditions). CARLA offers unstallable flight and handling characteristics with symmetric, non-coupled control, similar to fixed wing aircraft.
Preliminary CARLA - VLG Specification
Rotor: 8.0m (26.25 ft) diameter, with four NACA 8-H aerofoil section folding blades, collective pitch control, pre-rotation ‘spin-up’ system
Seats 2 Payload, incl. fuel 250kg (incl. fuel)
Range Approx. 350 n. miles Engine Rotax 912 ULS Cruise Speed 80 knots 69kW (100 hp)
Max. Speed 100 knots Baggage Volume 50 litres
Min. Level Air-Speed 18 knots Fuselage Length 7.00 m (23.00 ft)
Min. take-off/landing runs Zero Fuselage Width 1.40m (4.6ft)
NGR’s engineers have great expertise in the design of rotary wing aircraft. Their roles will include satisfying the regulatory authorities that a new genre of aircraft can be produced which avoids the problems associated with conventional autogyros and two-bladed helicopters. The CARLA – VLG (Very Light Gyroplane) is based upon the installation of the NGR designed and manufactured rotor on to a modified Ikarus C42 Very Light Aircraft.
The C42 is manufactured by COMCO in Germany, a company recognised for its quality aircraft. Several hundred of this very successful, award winning aircraft, have been sold world wide. Aerosport, near Wolverhampton is the distributor for C42 aircraft in the UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand and Iraq.
Engineering and Manufacturing Premises
NGR’s operations are located near Yeovil, Somerset. The company’s aerospace engineering skills include the ability to make the best use of latest computer design models to achieve highly cost-effective and time-effective means of producing Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings and stress calculations.
Manufacture of CARLA rotor blades, rotor assembly and aircraft assembly will be in NGR’s facility to be CAA A1 approved. Manufacture of the rotor head components is to be in association with a nearby precision manufacturing company that has aerospace and defence equipment Quality Approvals. NGR has secured the use of a local aircraft hangar and adjacent airstrip to conduct the flight testing.
The first CARLA – VLG flight is planned to be 18 months after the start of the full funding of the project and followed by the award of CAA Permits to Fly.
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