Resources Contact Us Home
Road/air vehicle

Image Number 16 for United States Patent #6619584.

A road/air vehicle is able to quickly and easily convert between two configurations, air configuration and road configuration, to facilitate practical operation as both an aircraft and as an automobile. In air configuration the craft includes two laterally symmetrically flight surfaces; a smaller forward canard wing, generally horizontally disposed and a larger rearward main wing generally horizontally disposed with fin surfaces, generally vertically disposed, at each tip. Control surfaces on the main wing, the canard wing and the tip fins severally provide roll control, pitch control and yaw control in flight. The wheels/undercarriage are of a laterally symmetrical rectangular pattern, with the lateral distance between the two forward wheels and the two rearward wheels being similar. The forward wheels are steerable for ground operations. A suitable powerplant drives the rear wheels for ground operations. A second suitable powerplant provides direct atmospheric thrust for flight operations. In road configuration all flight surfaces and avionics sensors are folded and stored inside compartments within the body of the craft. Controls to facilitate both ground and flight operations are available for a single operator to perform the functions of both driver in road configuration and pilot in air configuration.

  Recently Added Patents
Channel marking for chip mark overflow and calibration errors
Storage device having clock adjustment circuitry with firmware-based predictive correction
Heterogeneous language data typing without executable regeneration
Apparatus for merging spatial audio streams
Digital broadcasting system and method of processing data in digital broadcasting system
Fixture for camera attachments
Portable electric circular saw
  Randomly Featured Patents
High capacity dispenser for ejecting coins and tokens
Fluid droplet production apparatus and method
Double sided liquid crystal display unit and portable electronic apparatus comprising a polarizing element between two liquid crystal display panels
Injection molding machine
Wrist watch
Acid gas disposal
High-strength and high-conductivity copper alloy sheet
Educational drinking device
Stylized angel heart jewelry
Building with passive solar energy conditioning