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  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Welcome to the final day of Engineer's Week! Today's question: In which order will the following fly first for revenue service and approximately how time is needed for the others to follow? Unmanned aircraft with cargo payload, Unmanned aircraft with package payload, Manned eVTOL with passenger ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Hi!: I'd say the Air Taxi has an immediate future, VTOL is a must for this type of operation, just the fear a propeller blade goes away concerns me, some accidents happened in the last days of reciprocating engine airliners, propellers dettached from engine, flew away, and cut the cabin of aircraft. ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    The order of deployment of revenue services with these four aircraft is as follows: Unmanned Aircraft with package Payload: Time to execute for revenue streams: After 2025 Currently on Trial Phase: Example of recent Trials: United Paracel Services (UPS) delivered 3700 drones to ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Unmanned w/package.  <2 yrs years, as prototypes have already been proven, and small airframes/ short distances allow easy recharging/refueling.  First seen in semi-isolated populated communities with limited road networks or runways (islands off the WA/BC coast, Bahamas, Philippines, mountainous urban ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    I predict that the following order for these flying technologies (years all from now): 1. Unmanned aircraft with package payload: 0-3 years 2. Unmanned aircraft with cargo payload: 4-6 years 3. Manned eVOTL with passenger payload: 8-10 years 4. Unmanned eVOTL with passenger payload: 11-13 years Unmanned ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Congratulations to @Chad Petersen , our Thursday winner!! Thank you for being an SAE Member and for your participation over the years (you always have great answers during Engineers' Week!!) ​ ------------------------------ Amanda Hildabrand Membership Manager SAE International Warrendale, PA ---- ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    I predict the following order with the time needed from now for each type. 1.  Unmanned aircraft with packages : 0-2 years. 2.  Unmanned aircraft with cargo : 3-5 years. 3.  Manned eVTOL with passengers: 4-6 years. 4.  Unmanned eVTOL with passengers :7-9 years. ------------------------------ ...