Russian engineer and inventor Dahir Semenov, also known as Dahir Kurmanbievich Semenov, has a long track record of imaginative and occasionally terrifying, visions of future technology. His company name, Dahir Insaat, is Turkish for Dahir Construction and was founded in 2006. The Fire Fighting Rescue electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and ground vehicle one of his most intriguing designs, and is part of a larger number of ideas for gyroscopic vehicles. Semenov has designed a multitude of concepts from buildings, to ground vehicles, trains, eVTOL aircraft and more.
Dahir Insaat's Azur Rail is a high capacity eVTOL aircraft concept design which the inventor foresees the aircraft holding approximately 2,000 passengers. The aircraft is generically called "a flying train" by its inventor because it has a unique design where the aircraft flies above a stationary electrified rail with a long power chord trailing behind the aircraft. The way the aircraft receives its power allows the aircraft to be very large while at the same time allowing a large aircraft have zero emissions.
The Azur Rail uses a tilt-wing configuration with both the high main wing and the tail wing both being tilt-wings. There are eight propellers on the main wing, four are mounted on the tail wing and two are mounted flush, inside the main wing for VTOL only propulsion.
There are multiple unique design concepts with this aircraft:
- The main wing and tail wing are both tilt-wings
- The aircraft has front canard wings which tilt independently
- The aircraft is extremely large with two levels, can hold a very large amount of passengers (approximately 2,000 people) and can fly on an all-electric power source due a power chord which is attached to the aircraft and to a powered rail mounted on the ground
- The aircraft has two large cafeterias and approximately six snack bars
- There is walkway with floor to ceiling windows on each side of passenger section. This walkway has many tables and chairs for people to use and relax at while taking a flight.
- A dedicated elevated rail would need to be installed on the ground to provide power to the aircraft
- Large airport terminals along the power rail would need to be constructed with the roof being a vertiport
This aircraft design is similar to a cruise ship design except for the large section of interior seating. The aircraft has the approximate capacity of 1,900 passengers, has two levels, there is a multilevel cafeteria on each level, possibly has six snack bars, there are multiple restrooms and a large cockpit holding about five employees. If you notice in the graphics, the wings protrude far over the edge of the airport building because the aircraft has such a high passenger capacity.
A unique design feature of the aircraft is that both of the sides of the aircraft have floor to ceiling windows and next to those windows is a walkway with tables and chairs next to the windows. The interior of the cabin is where the rows of seats are located and there are large openings in the walls allowing passengers to look out the windows. The aircraft has more of a ship-type feel for the passengers instead of a cramped airliner feel due to the extra space in the cabin, walkways and cafeterias.
The company is looking for investors to begin building the aircraft, terminals and the power rail system.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL high capacity aircraft
- Piloting: Possibly 5 people in the cockpit
- Capacity: High capacity aircraft, possibly holding 1,900 passengers
- Maximum payload: Unknown
- Propellers: 14 propellers (12 are tilt-wing. 8 are located on the high main tilt-wing. 4 are mounted on the tail tilt-wing. 2 are inside the wing for VTOL only propulsion.)
- Electric Motors: 14 electric motors
- Power source: Long electric cord provides power to the eVTOL aircraft
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Large windows for spectacular views for the passengers
- Wing: One high tilt-wing with winglets
- Canard: Has canard wings in the front of the aircraft which tilt independently
- Tail: A fuselage mounted tilt-wing with winglets
- Landing gear: Retractable quadricycle wheeled landing gear
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft can land on a runway or road if needed.