AirBuoyant is offering its prototype flying platform, the VertiPod 2 (N6172N, formerly the PAM 100B Individual Lifting Vehicle), for sale.
With its contra-rotating rotors below the pilot and a new protective pilot’s “cage” installed, the twin-engine VP2 is ready for flight or further development, according to officials with the Anderson, Indiana-based company. With some 200 Hirth-supplied horsepower available through a modified Volvo marine transmission, the VP2 has undergone a variety of improvements, including the pilot’s cage, simplified controls, new rotor blades, and a new main frame, officials add.
The VP2’s throttle is directly controlled by the pilot, who also directs trajectory with weight-shifting. The VP2 can skim over flat or rutted ground, grass, sand, or water, at speeds of 20 mph or more. Useful load allows full fuel plus 400 pounds, making it possible to add instrumentation or equipment in further development.
AirBuoyant President and founder Pete Bitar says, “This platform has shown us what we need to know to proceed with a commercial version. While it’s obviously not a cross-country machine, it is clearly a unique aircraft, the only flying platform with a proven flight record, that is not missing or in a museum. I hope that someone will continue to enjoy, or even develop this machine; or that an appropriate museum can be interested in it.”
The VP2 is being offered either as a one-off aircraft, or in an enhanced package that includes design and documentation, for someone who is interested in the full history and possible commercial application.
Bitar said he is not getting out of the flying platform business, but he is concentrating on his new models, including a possible ultralight (Part 103-conforming) platform.
For more information: 765-644-7323 or AirBuoyant.com