Surefly by Workhorse

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Surefly by Workhorse

Post by LockH » Jun 06 2017 1:52am

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http://workhorse.com/surefly
With eight independent motors each driving a single carbon fiber propeller, a backup battery power system, and a ballistic parachute to safely land in the event of emergency, the SureFly provides unparalleled safety for a personal aircraft.
Electric Driven Props: 2 props per arm, contra rotating. Eight motors, each driving a single propeller
Piloted Vehicle designed to carry pilot and passenger or pilot and cargo
Curb Weight: 1100lbs. Max Takeoff Weight: 1500lbs
Gasoline Piston Engine drives dual generators to provide power to prop motors
Dual Lithium Battery Packs: 7.5kWh each, used for emergency landing power (5 minutes) in the event the gasoline generator fails
Full computer and electrical system redudancy
Ballistic Parachute
Fuselage and props are carbon fiber for durability and light weight
70 mph top speed
One hour of flight time available per tank of gasoline
Flight ceiling of 4000 feet.
Fix Prop Pitch and no transitional parts (No wings, tail, tilt rotor or tilt wings) for simplicity and safety
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Re: Surefly by Workhorse

Post by craneplaneguy » Jun 06 2017 8:20am

I'd be interested to see what ICE they are using for the generator. That is overall a pretty cool design, with down to earth (sorry) performance claims.

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Re: Surefly by Workhorse

Post by LockH » Jun 06 2017 2:18pm

Hehe... "Curb Weight: 1100lbs. Max Takeoff Weight: 1500lbs"... OR passenger plus load of lithium cells. :wink:
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Re: Surefly by Workhorse

Post by Hillhater » Jun 08 2017 2:57am

I guess its going to need 100+kW to lift 1500lb ?
So what flight approved piston motors do we know that meet that ?
Wonder why its not a mini turbine generator ?
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Re: Surefly by Workhorse

Post by LockH » Jan 05 2018 9:52pm

Workhorse Gets Approved To Test Its SureFly Electric Hybrid Helicopter:
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/05/wo ... elicopter/

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Includes:
The company will now conduct test flights to demonstrate its airworthiness. The first test flight is scheduled for 12:00 pm in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. It also coincides with the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), where the company will reveal a few of its products. It was originally unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June 2017.
... and a pic:
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AND a vid on YT... Aero-TV: The Workhorse Surefly - A Different Approach to Future Rotorcraft


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Hehe... Might remind some of the "early" motorized carriages being built by ("horse-drawn") carriage manufacturers. :lol:

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Re: Surefly by Workhorse

Post by craneplaneguy » Jan 06 2018 12:41pm

An auto conversion engine, a decent choice for now. Cost effective anyway. But auto conversions are always heavier then a aviation specific (whether piston or turbine) powerplant.

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