Carter Aviation winds down flight tests
May 20, 2015 By Carter Aviation
Carter Aviation Technologies is ramping down its developmental flight test program and refocusing on moving the CarterCopter into production.
Tests to date have rendered the Mu-1 barrier as moot and flight above Mu-1 as routine, cruise efficiencies have been demonstrated 2 – 2.5 times higher than conventional rotorcraft, and jump takeoff performance has exceeded expectations. “This is a tough transition for me. I’m an engineer at heart so continuing to expand the envelope, fine tune the technology, break additional records and the like make me smile every day,” exclaimed Jay Carter. “Yet the time has come, and some would say overdue, to shift gears and focus on getting the technology into the marketplace”.
Carter will continue to demonstrate the aircraft periodically with both private and public exhibitions. The private demonstrations will be aimed at specific parties interested in producing CarterCopters , and the public demonstrations will serve to continue to grow awareness and interest in Slowed Rotor / Compound (SR/CTM)Technology.
With most of Carter’s demonstration goals achieved for their Personal Air Vehicle, Carter will begin putting more resources into identifying parties and developing partnerships that will ultimately put the technology into production. “As part of our shift in focus and resources, I have asked Jon Tatro, our current and continuing President of International Affairs, to spearhead our production campaign,” explained Jay Carter. “Jon will take on the additional duties of Executive Vice President for Joint Ventures & Licensing. He has already been performing many of these duties so this assignment is intended to both recognize that as well as prioritize it as our number one business objective.”
Jon joined Carter in 2013, bringing over 30 years of aerospace experience with him to include better than two decades working for Bell Helicopter in a variety of capacities including Director of Advanced Concepts. He was appointed in 2007 and continues to serve today on the American Helicopter Society International Board of Directors. “Jon has the right experience at the right time to help Carter move into production. He understands our technology as well as the rotorcraft market and we couldn’t be happier about having him onboard,” commented Jay Carter.