Carter PAV heads to flight testing

Carter Aerospace Development, LLC has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA for its Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) to begin flight-testing. The PAV is Carter’s second generation, proof-of-concept (POC) air vehicle incorporating the company’s slowed-rotor/compound (SR/C) technology.

Carter PAV prepares for flight testing The PAV loaded onto its trailer for the trip to the airport to begin flight testing.

“We are very excited to have completed the development and prototyping phase on the PAV, but we actually had an aggressive ground test program to finish before we could head to the airport,” said Jay Carter, president. “We’ve automated many systems that were manual on our first test aircraft. Most controls are now computerized and automatic. These needed to be thoroughly tested. The PAV went through numerous run-up and jump takeoff sequences while anchored in our test pit. That way we were able to safely monitor all control systems on the aircraft before we left the shop.”

Pit testing of the PAV was completed in early October and the PAV has been transported to the test airport. The PAV will first be tested as an autogyro. Once those tests have been completed, the wing extensions will be added and the next phase of testing, as a full SR/C aircraft, will begin.

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