Posted: 2/5/2011 14:07:48
Is anyone aware of whether Airscooter has exhibited at AirVenture.
Does anyone know anything about their present situation or anything about their current products firsthand.
Websites don't always have accurate or current information and I have visited their web site now & then since their first attempts at building a production personal rotorcraft. Then it seemed as though they were heading more in the direction of remote controlled / unmanned flight, perhaps for military use.
Posted: 2/7/2011 15:01:14
I still haven't found out if Airscooter has been to EAA Airventure but I believe I did get the answer to my question regarding their present situation.
I found the following buyied in their web site, I should have read it through more thoroughly beforehand but I thought maybe someone out there may have had some knowledge about or similar interest in the product.
" After test flights in 2007 and 2008 AirScooter has unsuccessfully sought financing to make identified improvements and proceed to production.
With limitations of staffing and financial resources, AirScooter has focused on completing engine development and engine sales with the goal of generating recurring revenues. AirScooter continues to evaluate options for an AirScooter PAV but has not finalized a design for production nor determined a production or product availability date. Please check this website for updates."
Posted: 2/8/2011 10:58:15
I went to Oshkosh this year and did not see the Airscooter or it's two cylinder engine. Doesn't mean it wasn't there, but I spent the whole week there and did not see it or read about being there.
I did however see it a Disneyland in the "World of Tomorrow" . Yep, I guess that's where it has been relegated to.
Posted: 2/8/2011 22:32:33
It's in the company of Mickey and Goofey? That may not be a positive sign for its future. I was really hoping that it would be successful and we would see it out at EAA with an opportunity to see it perform.
I wasn't at EAA this last year but I did spend some time out there in 2009 especially at the ultralight field and I didn't see it there then. Lots of single place rotor craft and para trikes and the like but no Airscooter unless I missed it. I would think if they want to promote it and possibly acquire funding, Airventure would be the place to make their case.
Posted: 2/10/2011 23:10:17
Mikey and Goofey were elsewhere at the time. I have been interested in the product for the engine, the four stroke, two cylinder 65 hp turbo engine. It looked like it was well engineered. Quite simple, which is hard to do. Easy to make things complex, but to have a simple design work well is surprisingly hard. Or least that is my experience. There is always the temptation to add more or solve problems by adding the 1st idea that enters the head...
Agree Airventure is the place to show off your wares. Other spot is Sun and Fun.
Posted: 2/11/2011 20:48:01
I understand Sun and Fun is the place to see rotorcraft. I was told there were a lot of them that show up there. Love to see it.