Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
I saw this when looking around the SkyNews website, what do you all think?, a plane able to carry passengers to the centre of London using only a runway 400ft long and being 20DB quieter than any other jet and could be flying within 5 years.
To me it seems one of these "flash in the pan" ideas, but be good to see if anything can come out of it.
767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1834 times:
I thought it was interesting to see this "testing in the next 18 months." We might have these here sooner than we think. The only thing is that they are able to take off with 400ft but with the wingspan, where will they be able to operate from? Those crowded city streets...
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
Phollingsworth From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
The article reads like those for the Moler Sky Car. I am going to call BS. The whole concept depends on small turbine engine technology, which never seems to live up to the criers expectations. Since the noise trends with the cube of the jet velocity I am going to say a 20dB reduction just ain't going to happen anytime soon. The people I know would be elated just to get 3dBs out of a GE90 size engine (which are inherently quieter than any of the small turbines out there today).
Type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
But we are about to have a several super small bizjets come on the market soon. Lots of these will be privately owned and owner operated. The aviation insurance companies are having fits over these. I imagine they will be able to get in and out of 3000 foot runways with ease.