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Pipistrel is giving aviation enthusiasts a shot at designing the first Panthera. Here's a preliminary look at the new fuel-efficient four-seater.
This is truly high end design that shows how far design and aerodynamics have come to procure truly modern aircraft. Hurray for a company willing to do this and bring also a reasonably piced high tech feul efficient design. another example of how innovation is what works,,catches the eye and is what sells..... we need this attitude back in America to create jobs and worldwide products.Frank Gonzalez Chapel hill, NC
soooo sleek and futuristic .....beautiful design ! wow !!!This is truly high end design that shows how far design and aerodynamics have come to procure truly modern aircraft. Hurray for a company willing to do this and bring also a reasonably piced high tech feul efficient design. another example of how innovation is what works,,catches the eye and is what sells..... we need this attitude back in America to create jobs and worldwide products.Frank Gonzalez Chapel Hill, NC
Hope the air conditioner works! A BE36, with 1/3 the wind screen, becomes a sauna in the summer.
I can't help but wonder if it is possible to merge multiple aerodynamic technologies in a truly brand new design concept. For instance, what if an airplane could incorporate into its fuselage and wing skins an inverted version of the down force technology used in F1 racing cars? All we're talking about in both is Bernoulli's Law relating to differential pressures, right? I bring this up because there are huge aerodynamic down forces created in F1 cars that exceed 2 g's. Theoretically, you could drive one of those race cars on the ceiling of a tunnel if given enough speed. Since both airplanes and race cars are all about speed then I can't help but wonder if their tech for down force could be used to provide low drag supplemental lift for an aircraft. I could see high pressure air flowing through vents or channels between two layers of skin on the top surfaces of an airplane. Being a lay person I'm someone who is still amazed that something as large as a jumbo jet can even get off the ground. It's still magic to me. But, if enough lift was generated with this idea then maybe wing spans could be shortened thereby decreasing induced drag without compromising total lift and low stall speeds? I don't see any reason why even the prop-wash couldn't be directed into fuse skin channels as well thus harnessing even more of the energy created by the engine. Wouldn't the end result have to be greater speed per HP? I'm just tossing this out as an idea. Maybe someone who is more technically oriented can run with it or refute it. Just remember where you heard it first, eh? lol :)
Absolutely beautiful lines...sleek design. Must require copious amounts of carbon fiber. Let's hope they put a turbo FADEC powerplant in it.
Great lines and looks to be a good design. I see one problem is the T tail. While working with a Piper dealer in the early 80's I got to see first hand how well a T tail on a small aircraft does not work. Piper saw this also and discontinued the T tail aircraft. For instance the Piper Lance went from a good short distance t/o aircraft to a marginal one. Things look great on CAD and can be made to look amazing but from design screen to flight might be a rude awakening.
Regarding the F1 lift ideas the the above comment.
Over 50% of the downforce of is generated by the "tunnels" under the car. Those require a rather smooth racing surface underneath the car to work to maximum effect.
If you have a channel like that attached to the plane, the lifting force generated by the vacuum would be cancelled out by the same vacuum pulling on the top surface. The net effect, in that case, would only be increased drag.
I'm not an aeronautical engineer, by any means, but I imagine there are certain drag penalties that are incurred once per flying surface. If you add further flying surfaces, you incur those penalties again. This is usually acceptable in low speed airplanes (crop duster and fire fighting aircraft have wings and flaps everywhere possible to generate the maximum lift and happily incur the drag penalty). If maximum efficiency is desired at high speed, I imagine that a single wing is probably about as efficient as it gets.
It would be interesting to design an inverted F1 car in something like X-plane and see if you can get it to fly (or fly well).
Keep the ideas coming, though. That's how things get changed when somebody find something new that works.
It is very nice - like something out of Popular Mechanics 40 years ago. I have a feeling visiblity will be a huge issue though.
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