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December 2013

European Union FP7 Award

The FanWing company is pleased to announce that, following an unexpected approach early this year from Germany, it has become joint recipient for a European Union Award. The new two-year research and development SOAR project aims to optimise the originally patented FanWing rotor and wingshape and explore feasibility of a full-size cargo-lifting FanWing (see image below).  

DLR, the German Aerospace and Space Research Centre, led the original award application. They will administer the project and provide final data documentation for the EU. Test models and oversight throughout the project will be provided by the FanWing Company in consultation with George Seyfang. The University of Saarland will provide motors and the actuation process for the rotors. The Von Karman Institute, Belgium will provide wind-tunnel tests and CFD analysis.

For further details see   http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/110975_en.html

July 2012

FanWing at Oshkosh 2012 July 23-29

A small FanWing model will be on static exhibit at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture annual event at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. The stand is in the Innovation Hangar South. For further information contact peebles@fanwing.com

December 2011

CEAS Conference, Venice, October 2011 : George Seyfang presentation - see Recent Developments of the FanWing Aircraft

First experimental ultralight/LSA manned demonstrator now planned for 2013 - see AOPA online

 

  Images by Adrian Mann  © FanWing Ltd. 2011

July 2011

FanWing Modified TwinTail 2011

Proof of Concept: New Efficiency, Speed Range, Stability

 TwinTail FanWing Prototype -  Flight Test July 2011 **

Recent FanWing development has been based on a collaboration between FanWing inventor Pat Peebles and former BAE Principal Concepts Engineer George Seyfang.  Following two series of wind-tunnel tests and analysis from January-June 2011 the newly modified TwinTail prototype was first flight tested June 18th and most recently July 16th 2011. 

The twin tails avoid the strong downdraft immediately behind the rotor-wing and simultaneously exploit the updraft from the wingtip vortex. The new development is based on an original suggestion from Seyfang and continues to improve efficiency, speed and stability with the FanWing now capable of reaching speeds of over 70 km/h.

The lower end of the flight envelope (performance at low speeds) was also tested with  improved stability at between 20–30 km/h.

*° Photo shows onboard flow indicators (tufts) and angle-of-attack front sensor.

Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture

September 2011 Pat Peebles and George Seyfang will deliver a joint presentation at the Broughton Airbus Lecture Theatre UK at the invitation of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Chester.

Venice Council of European Aerospace Societies Conference

October 2011   George Seyfang will present a paper on the FanWing to the CEAS Conference in Venice. 

First Flight Test of Modified TwinTail FanWing, June 2011 - flight video

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September 22  2010

FanWing Next Generation

Proof of OHS Concept:  First Flight Test Completed

 

New Concept, New Collaboration

Pat Peebles has recently confirmed a new phase of FanWing development with a radically modified design to increase efficiency. The new experiments are based on suggestions by former Principal Future Concept Engineer for BAe Warton, George Seyfang Seyfang, previously involved in major BAe projects including the Typhoon, the Harrier and the Concorde, has for many years been interested in potential heavy-lift aircraft solutions. Now working independently, he contacted Peebles early this year with suggestions including speed maximization and also increase of efficiency based on the theory of 'Outboard Horizontal Stabilisers'. (The OHS configuration uses the updraft from the wingtip vortex.) Following a series of discussions and a non-disclosure agreement, Peebles and Seyfang have now made development plans for a new private collaborative project. 

Preliminary OHS concept feasibility flight tests carried out in July in the UK were already positive and now Peebles reports a successfully sustained test flight on the completed new prototype with swift take-off and improved stability and controllability. Peebles comments: "The onboard data logging will provide details regarding efficiencies, but so far as we can judge from this flight, the new prototype seems to be flight performing beyond predictions."

Seyfang and Peebles will also work together on wing improvements for speed. Wind-tunnel tests are due to start in October

Video footage of the newest test will follow shortly.
 

 See Tim Robinson's Royal Aeronautical Society Blog for September 17: http://www.aerosocietychannel.com/2010/09/exclusive-fanwing-uav-spins-up-for-speed-test/#more-2675

 

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July 2010

FanWing flies at Farnborough Air Show

 

Photos by Andrew Kayes  
 

FanWing took part in Farnborough Airshow's first outdoor UAV/S flight displays July 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. The technology demonstrator was flown by Tony Brock from the Paul Heckles School of Flying. Pat Peebles attended with associate Mike Bednall and with Andrew Thorndyke and Paul Hallahan from Frost and Sullivan. 

The FanWing UAV as demonstrated at Farnborough is a modified version of the airframe that flew previously in Wales as shown on the home page of this site.

The flight zone was placed too far from the spectator area for professional coverage but an amateur video of the July 22 flight is now available on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc2RSuW1Mbw

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April 2010

Under commercial discussion this year in China, the US and Israel have been development and manufacture of unmanned and manned FanWing airframes for cargo and emergency aid delivery and unmanned airframes to be used for remote sensing in crop surveillance. Images of some of the projected applications under discussion are shown below.

A look at the future...

      Cargo UAV  300 kg empty weight  600 kg MTOW  wingspan:10m  wingloading: 60kg/m2  rotorspan: 8m  engines: 2x40hp  flight speed: 40kt KIAS (60 @ 6,000m)

 

 

Sky Truck    MTOW: 13,000 kg    Take-off distance: 100m   Cruise speed: 80 KIAS  (120 kt @ 6,000m)    Wingspan 22 m    Cargo volume 36 m3     Engines 2xRR250

 

     Images Adrian Mann  ©  FanWing Ltd.  2010

 

 

August 2009

Contact  peebles@fanwing.com for business information and details of company representatives.

Wing/Rotor Design Developments

Early linear test flights on new rotor and wing-shape modifications show an unexpected rise in efficiency. Onboard measurements are limited but so far indicate up to 35 grams per watt where previous efficiencies were in the order of 29.

 Hungary and Lithuania Conferences

FanWing inventor/developer Pat Peebles attended  the Hungarian Institute of Aerospace Defence annual UAS conference in April  as a guest to respond to questions regarding the opening paper and PowerPoint on the FanWing presented by UAS  electronics authority Professor Imre Makkay.  The presentation paper and PowerPoint had been previously presented by Professor Makkay  at an international aerospace conference in Vilnius April 16, 2009.

Washington Meetings

Pat Peebles will be in Washington DC August 5-13 attending the AUVSI..

 

 

December 2008

Steps towards commercialization

The FanWing company has recently moved from pure R&D into early-stage commercialisation. Now near finalising its first non-exclusive licensing agreement for production of a surveillance platform (the company in question has since disappeared off the radar...), the company is also in discussions regarding developments exploiting security surveillance advantages and potential heavy-lift efficiency and land-use advantages of larger short/vertical-take-off applications.

Pat Peebles, inventor of the FanWing, comments: 'The commercial turning point began in the summer when people from several countries could see for themselves that this odd machine flew with stability, clear control and very short take-off even at these still early stages. We continue to have credibility issues but it seems that a lot more people are looking at performance and potential now rather than appearances and traditional academic or establishment company provenance.'

A new spin on the rotors

Pat Peebles comments about new rotor modifications:  ' The prototype flew well in its first public flight test in June, but those rotors were in fact not at optimum performance and I am continually modifying the design. The take-off and stability performance are as it stands apparently already commercially interesting but what excites me is that potential efficiency results once we move into development with full resources can only improve.'

New IP for vertical/short take-off and landing

The FanWing company has recently completed formal stages to take forward the most recent VSTOL patent, a modification in design to enable short or vertical take-off and landing, to National Phase in over forty countries.

Media

For most recent coverage see the video flight and interview, or for cover of the public UAV event and Farnborough see Armada International and Aerospace InternationalFor a more detailed focus on the FanWing development see Aerospace Testing International for September/October.

 

August 2008

FanWing STOL surveillance prototype exhibited at Farnborough

Following the first public demonstration flights at ParcAberporth in June (see items below) the company exhibited the commercial prototype UAV platform, aimed initially at urban surveillance roles, on the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) stand at the Farnborough Air Show. The filmed demonstration flight of this same model and interview with Peebles can be seen on the YouTube link below, or see Rob Coppinger's blog: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flight-international/2008/07/video-exclusive-revolutionary.html

UAV pilot Mark Easey at Farnborough Air Show with Pat Peebles

 

 

 

July  2008

FanWing takes off in a new field

The FanWing Company gave its first public flight demonstration during the international annual Unmanned Systems ParcAberporth Event in Wales in June. Pat Peebles, FanWing inventor and company director, with professional fulltime UAV test pilot Mark Easey, standing in at the last minute, flew the recently modified STOL UAV prototype in two successful flights filmed during practice and then shown onscreen.

Both the cameraman and the UAV pilot Mark Easey, initially bemused by the odd appearance of the aircraft, were surprised not only by the short take-off but also by the stability of the two flights even in gusty wind conditions, with Easey commenting: "No doubt about it - this aircraft will fly up and down streets and round corners."

The flight videos will be available on this website later this month and will also be shown at the Farnborough Air Show July 14th-18th - see item below. Appreciation to the OnScreen Productions film company; FanWing advisor Mike Bednall; Andrew Chadwick and Mark Easey; Barrie Forster, Mike Wild, Diana Lloyd-Kerry, and all other West Wales Airport and all PAUS 08 organisers and assistants.

Aerospace business consultant Mike Bednall, Pat Peebles and UAV pilot Mark Easey and the FanWing at ParcAberporth June 2008

FanWing at Farnborough

The STOL model prototype flown at ParcAberporth and photographed above will be on static display at the Farnborough Air Show July 14th-18th inclusive in Hall 4, E13 as part of the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) exhibit. .Please note that it will not be available for viewing during the weekend. FanWing directors Patrick Peebles and Dikla Peebles will be available to answer technical and business queries.

 

February 2008

FanWing at ParcAberporth

First public flight demonstration of FanWing unmanned prototypes are planned for the annual international ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems Event, Wales, UK, June 25th and 26th, 2008.

 

 

September/October 2007

FanWing vectored-thrust model completes first full-circuit flight test

video clip: Sept 24 07 flight 

'FanWing Shows Its Mettle' : Thomas Withington, Unmanned Vehicles Magazine   Articles

World Changing Ideas,  a new book by Richard Myers and Bob Isherwood, Creative Directors of Saatchi&Saatchi based on the organisation's  international biennial innovation prizes, is now on sale and includes a section on the FanWing..

Flight simulation and testing of the FanWing experimental aircraft;   Authors: O. Ahad, J.M.R. Graham;  Journal: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology ISSN: 0002-2667 Year: 2007 Volume: 79 Issue: 2

 

 

April/May 2007

The FanWing Vectored Thrust STOVL R&D prototype, a modification of the original patented FanWing design, is continuing control and stability tests and has now completed the second-phase Patent Cooperation Treaty application.

In a separate commercial development a new short-take-off (STOL) prototype UAV designed for easy assembly and transport and aimed at urban surveillance has just undertaken first full flight tests - see photos and video clip below and also two recent Rob Coppinger online pieces in Flight International : (April)    (May).  

Pat Peebles will discuss the FanWing development as a guest panel speaker with Conference Chair Cmd Patrick Tyrrell OBE at the Military Geospatial Intelligence Conference, London May 30th.

New UAV STOL Prototype Tests

 

Dry Weight           6 kg

Rotor Span           1.6 m

Flight Speed          8 m/sec

Engine                   electric  1.2 kw

MTOW                12 kg

Construction          composite

 

 

 

 

photos show 1m. roll take-off point in first and full power flight test March 31 2007

 

Video clip of second, complete circuit but lower-power (longer roll) test, April 2007, to test control and stability. Flight-test pilot Raffaele Moreschini.  Click on picture for download.

All photos and clips on this website © FanWing Ltd.

 

November 2006

First STOVL Prototype Flight Tests

first flight at 35° vectored thrust

also at 35°

at 45°

preparing for first vertical take off at 90° vectored thrust

first vertical tethered hop

Imperial College FanWing Ultralight Simulation AAU Project Award

Congratulations to Oliver Ahad and Imperial College on the recent Association of Aerospace Universities Award.  Oliver, recently graduated from Imperial College, presented for the competition his computer flight simulation programme based on Pat Peebles FanWing Ultralight initial design specifications.  The project was supervised by Professor J M R Graham and Dr Varnavas Serghides. (More details are given in an earlier news item) The John Barnes Award was presented to Oliver and Professor Graham at Imperial College in September.  For information on the Association's activities, see www.aau.ac.uk 

Presentation at Imperial College, London. Left to right: John Farley OBE, Professor JMR Graham, Patrick Peebles, Oliver Ahad, Dikla Peebles, Dr John H Barnes

 

June 2006

FanWing Simulation: AAU Project Competition Finalist

Oliver Ahad's FanWing Ultralight dissertation and simulation project, supervised at Imperial College by Professor JMR Graham and Dr Varnavas Serghides, has been selected this week as one of four finalists in the Association of Aerospace Universities annual Project Competition.  Oliver will present a PowerPoint of the project during the Farnborough Air Show Week on July 20th at Farnborough College.

A modified version of the simulation is available here:  FanWing Ultralight Flight Simulation  with the company's thanks to Imperial College, Professor Graham and Oliver Ahad.

 

June 2006

VTOL Patent/First Outside Test

FanWing Ltd has deposited a new vertical-take-off patent application. The initial outdoor linear test hop still on short take-off confirms feasibility of new structural design and efficiency as established previously in indoor tethered tests. The only perceived structural weakness was on the undercarriage, still too light for efficient landing. Next series of outdoor tests is planned for July.

Imperial College Simulation

The first piloted FanWing Ultralight simulation project at Imperial College, London carried out by Oliver Ahad supervised by Professor JMR Graham and Dr V. Serghides, was completed June 2006. The company hopes to have shortly available online a brief form of the programme.

 

March 2006

Imperial College Ultralight Simulation Project

Imperial College reports progress with the new FanWing Ultralight Simulation Project, January-May 31st 2006.  The project will establish major flight performance and pilot-control characteristics for what will eventually act as a fire or other application surveillance manned or unmanned Ultralight FanWing aircraft.  Screen shots shown below are from the developing project of  final-year Aeronautics student and pilot Oliver Ahad, whose FanWing Ultralight MSc dissertation is supervised by Professor J M R Graham in consultation with FanWing inventor Patrick Peebles. Images are derived from  Peebles's specifications and computer graphics  by Jon Linney, Open University KMi.

The Simulator used by Imperial College is a MOTUS Flight Simulation Device manufactured by Fidelity Flight Simulation Inc, Pittsburgh, USA. The simulator can be configured to simulate a large range of standard civil  and military aircraft, and also non-standard designs, using the Laminar Research X-Plane Flight Simulation software. The cockpit seating and general instrumentation layout is configured to represent a typical light twin engine aircraft.

 

First VTOL Confirmation Tests

December 2005

Tethered workshop tests on a small FanWing prototype now confirm VTOL capability.  Specifications for the new prototype are: take-off weight: 6kg; wingspan 1.4 m and speeds from  0 (hover) to 75kph. A new IP application is now being initiated, after which more details will be available here.  The first outside flight-test procedure (horizontal and then tethered vertical)  is predicted for February/March 2006.

 

June/July 2005

FanWing Ultralight & VTOL Projects

London Development Agency Award funds first Manned FanWing Ultralight investment/partnership search

Following continued successful development with increased efficiencies of the UAV airframe prototype (see UAV page), the FanWing Company are now taking steps with UK government backing towards finding major investment and partnership for a first manned aircraft Ultralight prototype.  

Preliminary presentation designs of the proposed Ultralight FanWing with 3D images provided by the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute, have been funded by a Jumpstart Connect  Award to the Company by  the UK Government's London Development Agency (LDA) 

The design work will be followed by an Ultralight simulation project at Imperial College, London,  to establish performance and control characteristics. 

FanWing  Ultralight  with images created by Jon Linney, KMi, Open University, UK

 

AviationNow.com: First FanWing UAV VTOL prototype

UAV specialist writer Thomas Withington's new FanWing piece based on a June interview at the Paris Air Show  in the online aviation journal Aviation Now includes Pat Peebles plans for VTOL first small UAV prototype

 

February 2005

Following weather delays and mechanical setbacks with the new 35 cc 4-cycle gasoline engine  (More powerful FanWing set to fly by Rob Coppinger, Flight International November 2004) new UAV prototype flight tests have now been successfully completed.  Video clips are available on the UAV page.  Previously predicted  endurance with good performance in medium strong winds is confirmed at a minimum 8hrs on 4kg fuel with take-off weight of 20kg.

Based on present efficiency results vertical take-off potential is now brought forward with first tests predicted for later this year.

Press

"One of the few truly new aircraft since the Wright Brothers" - The company had an unexpected boost  when US science-writer Clive Thompson selected the FanWing for the New York Times'  4th annual Year in Ideas. His lively and supportive piece appeared in the NYT Sunday Magazine, December 2004. 

March issue Popular Science (US) also contains new coverage.

Tom Shelley has a new piece in Eureka Magazine (UK)

 

 

PROFESSOR DAVID NICHOLAS, MBE

We report with great sadness the loss of our long-time UK Government business mentor and friend, Professor David Nicholas, a source of quick insight, enthusiasm and energy to all who knew him. Involved in the original Hovercraft initiatives David from the earliest days of his professional life had an inside track on the frustrations and excitements of innovation development and became a committed and idealistic champion of new companies and individual inventors. David was a natural connector of people with enormous personal warmth, brilliance and humour. He will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

November 2004

"Revolution in the Air"  Aerospace International

"It may be that the FanWing becomes as common as the helicopter" - a new article on the FanWing this month by Tim Robinson, News Editor of the Royal Aeronautical Society magazine, Aerospace International, concludes that the FanWing could just "herald the development of a whole new niche air vehicle."  See the piece in full on this site's articles page and for more details about the RAeSoc magazine see www.aerosociety.com .  Robert Thielicke interviews Pat Peebles on the FanWing development  in the November issue of Focus Magazine, German edition. More information with a link to this article later.

 Independent Article

September 2004

Peter Popham for The Independent (UK) has written a generously complimentary piece. We are grateful to the editors, Charles Arthur and to Mr Popham for the continued support of the FanWing project shown in this newspaper.   See  www.rense.com/general57/davinci.htm

  Farnborough International Air Show July 19th-25th

 

July/August 2004

 

"Arguably the most unusual exhibit at the show, the diminutive FanWing unmanned air vehicle marks success in a new field of aerodynamics." - Brian Walters, writing in Aviation International News, helped to launch an unexpected new take-off  for the FanWing Company in its debut public appearance at the Farnborough International Air Show.

 

 

"FanWing Proves Innovation is Alive"  - Paul Jackson in Aviation Week: Farnborough Show News

 

Photographs by Daniel Peebles

Pictured in photographs from left to right, Pat and Dikla Peebles with stand visitors, Pat and Tony Pitt with Fred Clarke and Alex, Tony Pitt with stand visitors.

 New Award Nomination

June 25th 2004

We are happy to report that the World Technology Network has announced its nomination of FanWing inventor Pat Peebles for one of its 2004 Awards.  The WTN awards are sponsored by CNN, Microsoft, NASDAQ, Science Magazine and Time Magazine. Nominations are based on peer input from previous winners who are asked to select people who in their opinion will make most impact on the future in his/her particular field.  For more information see www.wtn.net.

FanWing Confirms  Payload Increase / Farnborough Airshow Exhibit

June 6th 2004

New UAV developments have resulted in new take-off weight now at 21kg and still rising. Speed is now up by 50% on January measurements with a new control system and glide is now 1:4. 

FanWing Limited has just had confirmed the private sponsorship of a small stand at the 2004 Farnborough Airshow July 19th-25th.  For further details see www.farnborough.com and come and visit us in Hall 1 Stand A3. (Please check for trade show days and public days)  We plan to have full flight videos as well as the actual SMART MURCH UAV prototype - a little flight worn - and Pat Peebles will be there to answer questions.

A full proposal for the new project has recently been invited by the US Government and will be submitted later this month. We are pleased to confirm future collaboration in the proposed project, which is also presently under consideration by the UK Government, with Professor JMR Graham and Professor Max Platzer.

Three Projected Developments

February/March 2004

Following the steadily increasing lift efficiency of the recent UAV prototype, the new proposed FanWing project planned to start later this year, will double its present  weight, opening the airframe to heavier payloads, including radar, for long-duration surveillance both in the military and civil markets and will work towards vertical take-off.

The proposed new  project will also provide valuable data for  the company's projected  development of the first manned FanWing, a two-manned ultralight.

The UK Government have also already funded development with a new SMART Micro award of a downsized version now in initial design process.

Development continues on the UAV airframe thanks to the UK Government and private FanWing Company US co-funder Creighton Murch.

17.5kg and climbing...

November 2003

New flight test results on SMART/MURCH UAV airframe

There was unusual lift performance last week of the new UAV FanWing SMART 2.2m wingspan prototype. (see pictures in earlier news item) With added winglets the FanWing successfully flight tested with an 8 kg (lead weights) payload and a total weight of 17.5 kg. Take a look at the November 5th clip on our flight clips page.

The first surveillance test with onboard video equipment and radio contact with a computer on the ground has now carried out successful filming. We have flight clips from above and below on the video page.

New Test Flights

October 2003

SMART/MURCH Surveillance UAV: excellent lift efficiency

New test flights on the recently completed UAV prototype airframe show excellent control and lift with the usual fast take-off. Thanks to our new pilot Raffaele Moreschini. The prototype is under second-phase development thanks to private investment from Creighton Murch. Forthcoming tests will include surveillance equipment and increased payload. (Payloads have been tested up to 4kg)  Flights can be viewed on our flight clips page and we hope to have more pictures and technical details available on this website soon.

 

 

First UAV Prototype Test Flight

September 2003

New SMART UAV Prototype

 

 

Workshop development has been steady over the summer and first test flights of the FanWing UAV prototype - 2.2 m. wingspan - have now been successfully carried out with two short and low hops.  Take-off was smooth and fast and control seemed excellent.  Video coverage of a take-off and part of the flight can be seen on the flight clips page and we will have more pictures and detailed technical information available soon.  (Photographs above show Pat Peebles, FanWing inventor, with son Daniel Peebles and friend and technical assistant Tony Pitt preparing for a flight, and the FanWing prototype just after take-off.)

New Patent Filed

A new FanWing patent was deposited at the beginning of September.  Thanks as always to  Roy Barlow and J A Kemp & Co.

Saatchi & Saatchi Edward de Bono  Medal Award, New US Patent

June 2003

Saatchi and Edward de Bono Medal

Pat Peebles and his FanWing Company have been awarded second prize, the Edward de Bono 'Medal for Thinking'  in the Saatchi & Saatchi International Innovation in Communication Awards.  We thank Saatchi for its support and the generous additional prize it awarded all its finalists by flying everyone over for the New York celebration.  Thanks also to Therese Curran for organising the event and to Saatchi's UK creative director Richard Myers.  Details are on the Saatchi website www.saatchi.com

New US Patent Issued

Patent agents Kemp & Co, London have now confirmed the US issue of a Vortex Flap Patent (already issued in the UK) to add to the basic FanWing Patent.

Saatchi & Saatchi New York Award Event

May 2003

The FanWing has been short-listed for one of Saatchi & Saatchi's 2003 Innovation in Communication awards. Pat Peebles, inventor of the FanWing, and Daniel Peebles, company website tech advisor, are attending the upcoming Saatchi award event in New York. This year's eleven finalists, including a model prototype of the FanWing, will be exhibited at the ACE Gallery in Hudson Street. 

New Model, Mine-Seeker Concept, Smart Award Event, New Associate, Partnership and investment, Pacific Flyer and other new PR, Clarke's Law

January/February/March 2003

New Model Prototype

The new model prototype FanWing will be ready for demonstration in the UK later this year, we hope by late September.  Wing-span will be seven feet/2.2 m,  with a payload of 4.4 lb/2kg.  Surveillance equipment for the FanWing airframe will be supplied by Remote Aerospace Limited, one of our project collaborators.  New wind tunnel tests are being planned by the company to take place at Imperial College, London

Mine-Seeker FanWing

The company is also now aiming towards development of a mine-seeking application where the slow and detailed security sweep possible with the FanWing along with the economy and simplicity of design could be particularly valuable.

SMART Award Ceremony

Thanks to David Nicholas, Business Link Wessex, who kindly received the UK government SMART certificate and award on FanWing's behalf at the formal presentation ceremony on February 18th. 

New Associate and a UK  Meeting

FanWing Ltd. would like to welcome Anthony Baulch, soon to return to Australia from Japan, as a new company associate who will represent us in Asia and the Pacific area. We thank him for organising the recent productive and helpful meeting with Robert Clifford from INCAT where the company received a great deal of helpful advice and encouragement from this top industrial leader who, himself an inventor, has established one of the principle ferry companies in the world from his base in Hobart, Tasmania

Company Partnership Quest

We are looking for company partnership. Our aim is to find a company/organisation with relevant aeronautics experience in materials or in overall development of experimental aircraft to participate in funding application, administration and technical running of the next stages of the UAV or manned projects. We are grateful to Peter Holtby of the UK Society of British Aeronautics Companies for helping us here with their new datebase and we as always welcome all suggestions.

New Investment

Welcome and thanks again to new and our original private investors who are with recent injections of capital making the continued development possible. 

Publicity

Media interest continues to grow after the Newsweek article (see articles page) sparked attention originally in November 2002.  We have now been approached by several TV companies regarding documentary coverage and possible films in the UK, US and Italy.  We are also grateful to the friendly editor of the aviation journal US, Pacific Flyer (www.pacificflyer.com) who has not only included a nice piece on us but also accepted an invitation to be a guest on the third flight of the manned FanWing... We have also been invited for inclusion in an international travelling European educational exhibition to be sponsored by the European Patent Office. 

Thanks to Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Sir Arthur, one of our longtime advisors and a great source of Thoughts and Laws, reminds us of two things:

First:

'I told Orville and I told Wilbur it would never fly.'

and second:

Revolutionary ideas go through four stages of response:

1. You're crazy

2. You may not be crazy but it's no good for anything

3. I wish I'd thought of it first

4.  I thought of it first

Investment Update, Media Coverage, Washington/Williamsburg Conference

November/December 2002

Media

The project has unexpectedly hit the news in these weeks.  Newsweek International published a two-page article on Pat Peebles and the FanWing in their 11th November edition. (see our articles page) Satellite BBC TV World News and The Independent (UK) almost simultaneously came out with their own FanWing interviews and Italy has followed up with the Messaggero, Repubblica and RAI's TG2, with more RAI 3 coverage to come, as well as an article to appear in the spring from La Macchina del Tempo.  Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, have already produced or will produce their own pieces .  

Our thanks here to www.newglobalnet.com . A fatally attractive piece on the popular technical news site http://slashdot.org/index2.pl?fhfilter=fanwing led to thousands of FanWing hits an hour and our website finally crashed.  Robert Gable instantly came to the rescue. We think this excellent server never sleeps.

Investment Update

FanWing Ltd. welcomes UK business consultant, Rawle Michelson.  Mr. Michelson began to help us earlier this year when we first started to look at major sources of private financing.  He and David Nicholas from Business Link Wessex (see news below) are continuing to guide our company through the new investment and funding developments.

There were several other people too who generously helped us earlier this year when we ran into the Catch 22 of most innovation companies - we couldn't afford the help we needed to raise the money we needed to get the help we needed...  Christopher Arnander, Charles Blount and Simon Hudson, Paul Evans, Bryson Farrill, Bryan Graham, Gordon Midgeley, and Susan Smith all gave time, funding consultation, contacts, encouragement and in the case of City Insights, the offer also of London office back-up.  Enormous kindness, practicality and professional wisdom here.

And the usual thanks to the investors who continue to keep us flying, with a special mention of Creighton and Janice Murch, who have recently turned our company round with an unusually generous (and unencumbered) private investment.

AIAA Conference on Powered Lift, Williamsburg VA

Early in November the FanWing team spent time in Washington DC, hosted by company advisor, Loretta Schaeffer, together with GianCarlo Guarda, for the week of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics International Conference on  Powered Lift.  Pat Peebles gave a brief presentation at the conference and we were pleased (and surprised) first that so many people attended the lecture at all, and second, that so many were so openly appreciative of such a maverick invention.

Website Contact

Apologies to those of you who emailed us for information on investment and technical aspects of the invention and who have not yet received a reply.  After the unexpected increase in response we are catching up, but slowly. 

We have no models/plans to offer at present but hope to be able to supply some next year.

New Imperial College Tests

October 2002

During September intensive wind tunnel tests were carried out at Imperial College as part of the UK Government SMART award UAV project (see August update)   FanWing inventor Pat Peebles worked with the assistance of Klaus Koegler and in consultation with Professor Mike Graham, Head of Aeronautics at  IC.   Results of repeated tests on the newest wing design - one metre rotorspan -  show a nearly 50% increase in efficiency over Klaus Koegler's previous M.Sc.dissertation findings (see July update).  Predicted lift is now two tons with 100 horse power.  Autorotation tests show a glide angle of 22°.

most recent flying model wing in tunnel optimisation model
test in progress showing airflow post test conference: Pat, Klaus and Mike

SMART Award

August 2002

We are pleased to announce that the FanWing Company have now received a UK Government Department of Trade and Industry SMART Award, given to establish the feasibility and initiate development of a commercial FanWing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV, for use in remote controlled surveillance.  

The twelve-month project, already begun, will be carried out in collaboration with Imperial College,  Kingston University, and the UAV company Remote Aerospace Limited.  Marketing consultant will be Tony McGarry. 

Thanks to: the Department of Trade and Industry, who granted the award in conjunction with the European Union; to Tony Howells, Katie Osborne, and David Wright of the SMART and Enterprise Team, who together approved and administered our application; to our future project monitor and guide, Tim Anderson;  to Business Link Wessex, who support inventors and small businesses with such pleasant efficiency online and off; and a special thanks to David Nicholas, who has personally done so much and whose Virtual Company concept has been so helpful to our project. 

And as always our thanks to the private investors who have supported us throughout, who most recently provided the balancing funds for this prestigious grant; and without whom none of this would have begun to happen.

New Fanwing Models

July 2002

Two new flying prototypes have now been constructed: one with 60cm rotorspan, 800g weight and the other 1m rotorspan, 2.2kg.  We hope to get pictures and flight clips up soon.  There are improvements in both glide and efficiency. 

Second FanWing Patent UK Approved

News from Roy Barlow, our Patent Agent from Kemp & Co. London: The most recent of the FanWing patents - covering the Vortex Control Flap - has now been approved for grant by the UK patent authorities. 

AIAA International Conference on Powered Lift 

Pat Peebles, inventor, designer, constructor of the FanWing, will be making a Powerpoint presentation on various aspects of the new technology this November in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Biennial International Powered Lift Conference.  The conference is organised by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in collaboration with NASA and sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Helicopter Society.

New Imperial College Test Results

July 2002

Congratulations to Imperial College aeronautics graduate Klaus Koegler on his FanWing MSc.dissertation, prepared under the supervision of Professor J.M.R. Graham.  Klaus tested a FanWing in both water and wind tunnels.  His conclusion: the FanWing at slow speeds shows a 35% improvement in efficiency over the helicopter. 

Royal Aeronautical Society Award Nomination 

June 2002

We are very happy to hear from Peter Talbot of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Chester Branch, that Pat as inventor of the FanWing has been nominated for the annual Royal Aeronautical Society Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Aerospace"  

A propos of this and the joint presentation made by Pat and Dikla Peebles to the Chester Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Association and  the Institute of Mechanical Engineering: we are printing a photograph below and our thanks again here to our hosts for their extraordinary welcome, enthusiasm and hospitality. You can see Chester flying on our video clip page.

British Aerospace Lecture Theatre, Braughton (From right to left) Keith Manns, Director, Royal Aeronautical Society; Phil Welsh, Senior Officer, IMechE; John Young, Chairman, RAeS, Chester Branch; Pat Peebles, Inventor of FanWing; Dikla Peebles, Chairman of FanWing Ltd.; Chester.

 

Commercial and Research Developments

March 2002

The most recent and so-far smallest model FanWing, (rotorspan 70cm.) is already performing well in its initial hops and is intended for the leisure and show model market.  Photographs and full flight video clips will be uploaded by late April.

We welcome to our Company the support of the following:

David Nicholas, Virtual Company, Business Link, Wessex, UK. David has been responsible for some major strengthening of our company policy and approach over the last few months.

André Clot and Philip Tudor, Remote Aerospace Limited, UK

Tony McGarry, Marketing Consultant, Leinster Associates UK

Mickey Harper, an early investor in the FanWing Company, who is helping us look for funding in the US

With these recent collaborators and under the guidance of our company advisors (listed on our Company page) plans are now underway for a  research and development project to produce an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for commercial surveillance purposes.

Two UK universities, Bristol and Kingston, are now including the FanWing as part or whole of new M.Sc. programmes in aeronautics. Thanks also to Kingston and Dave Edmondson in particular for ongoing support and advice on our project.

New flow visualisation experiments have begun at Imperial College with Klaus Koegler under the supervision of Professor J.M.R. Graham.  Experiments continue with Alex Fletcher at NEWI  (see earlier news items)

US Website Article

February 2002

Check out our articles page for the recent piece on the FanWing run by Aero-News Network, a US based website.

FanWing Funding Campaign

December 2001

Following the successful flights of the two newest models and the encouraging response to our recent public UK presentation (see below for some details of this lecture) we are now preparing a major funding drive to support development of both the drone and the manned versions of the FanWing. Applications are already in the process of being submitted to various public funding organisations (with the support of a UK organisation called Virtual Company) and on top of our ongoing private sale of shares we will also now be approaching venture capital sources. 

Suggestions welcome.  For further information contact peebles@fanwing.com

Flight clips of the latest and smallest model of the FanWing, (80cm wingspan and 600g weight) will be added to the website as soon as possible. 

As well as the already planned second series of wind tunnel tests at Imperial College, London, new plans for a student project to start in 2002 are now confirmed for the Wrexham University of Wales Associated College, UK.

Flight clips update

October 2001

New FanWing model 8 flight video clips are now uploaded.

New model makes successful flights

The new larger FanWing Model 8(wingspan 1.80 m. 6kg.) has had some good flights. We hope to get new pictures and video clips uploaded as soon as possible. 

Flyer Magazine has a short item on FanWing this month.  We'll get it scanned and onto our publications page.

New Imperial College wind tunnel tests on FanWing have been confirmed for February 2002

To confirm: the Royal Aeronautical Society Chester website listing for our lecture is as follows:

November 14th, 2001

Main Society Lecture

The RAeS Director, Mr Keith Manns will attend

  The Fan Wing – a new concept in Aviation

By Pat & Dikla Peebles - FanWing Ltd.

Joint Lecture with the I Mech E MNW

Inter-Ex  4&5

August 2001

We participated as planned. The FanWing (original small model seen in video clips already on this website) flew as well as ever until a pilot error (yes we would say that, but it's true - this particular model has always flown and landed perfectly before) led to a crash.  Pat was given an award for 'a new propulsion system.'  It's a great show, excellently organised, held either in Germany or in Holland annually. See their website address below. Thoroughly recommended.

       

http://www.inter-ex.com/

Invitation from the Royal Aeronautical Society

July 2001

Peter Talbot, Programme Secretary for the Chester branch of The Royal Aeronautical Society, has invited us to give a presentation of the FanWing project at the British Aerospace Lecture Theatre in Broughton, UK.

The ninety-minute lecture, to be called The FanWing - a New Concept in Aviation, will be on November 14th and will include video recordings of various flights, features of the wing's rotation and wind tunnel experiments.

Workshop Developments

May 2001

 Recent experiments result in substantial improvements in the glide ratio as well as in added lift and thrust efficiency  

 

New articles and the Inter-Ex Show

May 2001

Two new articles one in Microlight Flying magazine,March-April 2001, http://www.bmaa.org/ and the other in Fly Gyro! magazine also for March-April.    Check our articles section

We will be flying a new FanWing prototype at an international show of experimental aircraft models to take place in Holland on the 4th and 5th August this year.

Pure Invention for Discovery Channel and Professional Engineering article

December, 2000

Oval Films for Discovery Channel (Europe) have now completed the documentary piece on the FanWing. The series is called Pure Invention

Filming of the recently modified plane in London went well.  There have been vast improvements. We are now working on transferring some of the flight clips to this website. Thanks to Ronnie Myhill and John Ackroyd for joining us there.

We have had a piece on FanWing in the UK magazine Professional Engineering. Read it in our articles section.

We cannot answer individually all your messages - so briefly: share sales for the second issue are now officially closed. Thanks to those people who have shown such enthusiasm and support for this venture.

 

Summer Summary

August, 2000

BBC Fair:  hundreds of visitors, useful discussions, a gold award from International Institute of Innovators. Good to meet some of our website contacts there and also talk to some of the interesting people out there in the inventing world. There will be articles out soon and a TV company (Oval Films) is filming a short documentary piece about Pat and his work, to be shown on Satellite Discovery Channel in 2001. 

 

 

Thanks for support in this heavy-duty month to the following :

Gareth Jenkins 

Peter Whalley and his team at the Open University for setting up (a) the video loop of an actual FanWing flight for those people who looked at our stand model and said 'Yes but does this crazy machine work?' and (b) a computerised windtunnel interactive experiment Peter put onscreen for the stand for our visitors.

Grant Thompson 

Our London family

Victoria and Keith Todd 

Trevor Baylis and Lynn Miller

Ronnie Myhill 

Prof. Eli Pine of www.enjoycalculus.com

Dave Fisher, our RCM pilot.  See his website: www.flyinfish.co.uk

Roy Barlow

Chris Tritschler 

And finally and of course: our investors, who show such faith in us and without whom none of this would happen at all.

 

BBC Tomorrow's World Fair news

June, 2000

We're at stand IF127 so come and visit us here. 

BBC Tomorrow's World Fair and a new interactive computerised wing test programme

May, 2000

BBC TOMORROW'S WORLD FAIR. June 28th through July 2nd. We’ll be showing the FanWing model and be available for discussion at this major Science Exhibition Fair at Earls Court, London.  Anyone wanting to visit and see the real thing, please get in touch with us at our email address peebles@fanwing.com 

Dr Peter Whalley of the Open University, UK, (whose Knowledge Media Institute team has already produced some of our great artwork projections of FanWing and the animation here on this website) is now working on a model of the wing in a wind tunnel to work on in real time. 

The small wind-tunnel model for this computerised version is being constructed for us by Pip Youngman of the future Arthur C Clarke Centre in Taunton in South West England.

Formation of FanWing Ltd: a UK Company

30 October, 1999

The newly formed Private Limited FanWing Company's functions are to hold the Patent Rights; to protect and further our shareholders' interests; ensure the proper research, development and eventual sale or licensing of the FanWing aircraft.

Test results from Imperial College

1 July, 1999

Wind tunnel tests were performed by Simon Forshaw (see photos below.) The results seem to be better even than we predicted and we quote from Simon's conclusions at the end of his tests over the last academic year, now just released in his report:

"A comparison was made between a FanWing aircraft and a conventional helicopter and the power consumption per Newton weight lifted was within the same range. With good design the advantages of the FanWing is that it would be much quieter and that it has a much less complex rotor system than a helicopter."

The results also show room for improvement in the area of auto-rotation:

"...the FanWing cannot autorotate in the same way as a helicopter. If manned flight were to be considered, then for safety reasons the use of backup power systems or alternatives to autorotation must be considered."

Note: ( 15 May 2001 ) We have made a breakthrough with the latest wing design. The FanWing now glides with a rotor autorotation speed already high enough to effect a controlled landing.

LIQUID LIFTER

1 May, 1999

Have a look at this picture of the crop duster / fire fighter. Artwork by The Open University. Short animation to follow soon. city.jpg (100 k)

More Media Coverage

5 April, 1999

FanWing story is now on Tomorrow's World website   

David Windle has covered the FanWing for the Sunday Times.  Take a look at our articles section

Tomorrow's World Pictures

March 18, 1999

BBC's Tomorrow's World included FanWing in their February 24 programme.

       

The short Tomorrow's World segment in which you see the model FanWing flying, wind tunnel tests at Imperial College will be shown again later (time not yet specified) on BBC World (Satellite)

Photographs from Wind Tunnel, Imperial College, London

28 December, 1998

Wind tunnel tests started at Imperial College, London

December, 1998

Wind tunnel tests have begun with a model at Imperial College undertaken by Simon Forshaw under the supervision of Professor JMR Graham. The tests will be concentrating on dynamic measurements and autorotation tests

A Breakthrough Flight

1 September, 1998

Pictures of the first successful flying model.

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