Carter Aviation Technologies
Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Carter Aviation Technologies has been studying electric-powered aircraft that would fulfill the Uber Elevate missions using its Slowed Rotor/Compound technology. This version is capable of powered hover and swivels the tailrotor to provide anti-torque. The battery is in the nose. The Carter air taxi is expected to cruise efficiently at ~175 mph.
It has a 34 ft diameter rotor and wing span, a 10 ft diameter pivotal tail rotor/thruster is used to counter rotor torque during hover, and then as the aircraft accelerates and the rotor converts from helicopter to autogyro mode, it pivots to provide 100% thrust. There’s no torque going to the rotor above about 100 mph. The cabin width is 54” wide for a very roomy & comfortable luxury passenger feel.
The aircraft is designed for an empty weight with batteries of 3,200 lb, to be able to carry an 800 lb useful payload (e.g. four 200 lb people), for a gross weight of 4,000 lbs.
(Note: At the Uber Elevate Summit, Carter announced that they were partnering with Mooney International; however, this partnership was later abandoned.)
- Search eVTOL news posts
- Carter Presentation at CAFE Foundation Electric Aircraft Symposium, briefing, July 23, 2017
- Carter participates in CAFE Foundation Symposium, Carter press release, July 23, 2017
- Uber Elevate Summit Carter Presentation, April 2017
- Carter Aviation partners with Mooney International for Uber air taxi concept, Carter press release, April 25, 2017
- Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflte, March/April 2017