Photo by Dan Peebles; ultralight and heavy lifter graphics by
KMi, Open University © FanWing Ltd
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RPV/UAV)
UAV's are the fastest growing area in the aerospace industry, and design and manufacture of UAVs are an obvious first stage of FanWing commercial development. Easily adapted for use with either surface or ground-penetrating surveillance systems, applications include traffic control, irrigation/pest/fire/ecological surveillance, archaeological survey, mine-sweep, hydrology. The potential low sound emission of the aircraft has clear military, urban and environmental applications.
In this potentially major commercial market, the FanWing is predicted as having no stall and simple controls.
Short-range freight delivery: the FanWing Sky-Truck
FanWing opens a new market to compete with and complement truck and rail freight. Short-range freight delivery is seen as one of the largest and most fruitful long-term markets. The FanWing STOL capability and potential low sound are of particular interest here as are the new VTOL development possibilities.
VTOL development tests on the new design prototype below are ongoing. (see news page for test updates)
FanWing’s slow flight, manoeuvrability, and heavy-load capabilities are particularly suited for close fire-fighting support.
Crop Dusting/Urban Pest Control
The FanWing’s unique advantages here stem from its heavy-load capacity, and from the airflow from the wing, which, expelling the product downwards at a 45° angle, provides precision delivery.
Short-haul passenger service
FanWing can facilitate intra-metropolitan transport, whether as an airport shuttle or a downtown/ suburban connector for commuters or tourists.
This immediately popular and worldwide market will require relatively uncomplicated manufacturing procedures.
FanWing's manoeuvrability, non stall, stability in turbulence and low takeoff/landing speed would be appropriate for work in heavy seas with long flight duration for search and rescue operations, excellent for coast-guard patrols.
FanWing could function as a quiet, heavy-load-carrying ground-skimming aircraft for delivery of personnel and equipment into difficult areas. Here too, ability to take off and land from very short fields is a strong asset as is its stability in turbulent flying conditions.