Calling it the TAS‑102, this vehicle system may best be described as an enclosed, two‑wheel flying motorcycle, in a canard aircraft configuration (forward mounted horizontal stabilizer and elevator), with retractable outriggers (like bicycle training wheels) for balance when standing still and moving at very low speeds when on the ground. For highway operations, the vehicle is powered by a standard motorcycle drive train. A separate aircraft engine provides the requisite propulsion for flight operations.
Because of the visibility requirements of highway operation, the engine is rear mounted and fitted with a 'pusher' type propeller so as to not obstruct the pilot/operator's field of view.
Standard motorcycle engines and drive trains will be utilized for ground operation. The aircraft engine will be comparable to, if not, a Continental IO-360. Lower powered aircraft engines are a possibility, but would come with a corresponding reduction in performance. The exact specifications of the three-blade 66-inch prop remain to be determined.
The vehicle is designed to transport up to two adults in a tandem seating arrangement. The optional passenger (adult or child) sits in the rear. Smaller, 1-person only fixed-wing configurations are within the design purview of this type of platform, but are not being featured at this point in time. For roadway operations, the canard and main wings are removed. They may be left behind at the airport FBO, or may be towed along behind the motorcycle when traveling cross-country on the road.
Detachable wings, rather than attached folding wings, were selected because they are simpler, lighter, and less costly to produce when compared to folding type wings. Further, folded wings pose aerodynamic flow and center of gravity related weight problems which would adversely affect the stability and control of the TAS-102 motorcycle when it is operating on the ground.
By keeping subsystems as rudimentary as possible, we are able to provide a complete multi-modal vehicle system which is both practical to use and reasonably priced. The added cost benefit of owning a roadable aircraft is that ownership of a multi-modal vehicle eliminates the need and cost of the highway only automobile. With the flying motorcycle you don't need to own or lease two different personal vehicles in order to fly on a regular basis.
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