Sunday, February 11, 2007

I'm Just Shocked!....SHOCKED I Say!

Murdoc reports that there is...get this...a PROBLEM with the new V-22 Osprey's, all of which have been grounded for the time being.

Well, who'da thunk it?


We might do better to invest in big gyrocopters...

4 comments:

ザイツェヴ said...

I don't quite understand just how a computer problem on V-22 indicates that a gyrocopter would be any better.

Ken said...

Actually, you are correct. A computer issue is not design specific, but the MV22 has been plagued with problems for almost 20 years.

I'm really worried that this thing is not fixed yet, is progressing on inertia and will kill a lot more of our people.

ザイツェヴ said...

Airworthness Directives affect more conventional aircraft all the time. Every year something or other gets grounded, I don't even follow the stories... The last I remember was AH-64D grounded right in the middle of Kosovo war.

Russians built that gyrolifter thing (called "vintokryl"), and it didn't perform all that well. It has all the same issues with the airframe downpressure that a fixed-wing tiltrotor has, only worse because the area is greater, plus the rotor drag in the horizontal flight. Essentially it's the worst of both worlds combined.

ザイツェヴ said...

BTW, there's a study (somewhat optimistic about flight dates, as usual), which lists higher speeds for a gyroplane:
http://www.cartercopters.com/ba_609.html
This is counter-intuitive, so worth noting.

Also, Coast Guard was making noises about accepting BA609 into the inventory.