|Advanced Gyroplane Concept|
PHENIX AVIATION, S.L. was created in 2006 with the idea to design an advanced gyroplane concept based on high technology construction and specifically intended for multi-purpose missions.The team is formed by qualified staff with a vast experience in gyroplane aeronautical design and projection, particularly in modern high technology manufacturing procedures.
The PHENIX is the culmination of many years of development and optimisation of the final product. The project has been extensively tested to meet all the requirements for which it was designed.
The design is focussed on the following details:
– Full composite construction
– Forward mounted engine
– Side by side seating
– Wide and comfortable cabin
– Hydraulic pre-rotator
– Big cargo compartment
– High inertia rotor blades
– Maximum empty weight of 300 kgs.
– Ballistic recovery parachute
– Meet most demanding certification rules
The PHENIX is made out as a full composite carbon fibre monocoque fuselage construction, reinforced with high density sandwich panels, bulkheads and ribs. Structural stress is carried by a central tunnel box incorporating strong attachments for engine, mast and undercarriage.
Composite construction has a big range of benefits in comparison to typical metallic structures. It allows the creation of smooth, streamlined and aero-dynamical forms. Carbon fibre laminates are very strong yet extremely light in weight. These structures will not rust, crack or bend and have an unlimited time span. This is very important to reduce maintenance and operation costs. In this way, the aircraft will spend more time flying, making it more profitable.
Unlike complicated metallic aircraft, this unique type of construction simplifies the manufacturing process, not requiring long production times. This is also an important cost reduction feature for the final product. Maintenance and inspection, does not require highly qualified staff and repairs of minor damages can be relatively and easily done, without having to send the aircraft to expensive official factory dealers.
One of the major advantages of our design is the possibility to modify the Phenix frame to any particular mission requirement, adapting it to specific and multiple tasks. We can install a wide range of engines in different horsepower configurations, from 100 up to 240 hp, depending on the customer´s needs. Also, different lengths of rotor blades are available for each specific operation.
We have paid special attention to crew comfort carefully studying the ergonomics when designing the cabin, to offer a relaxed work station, specially for long periods of flying. The specially UV and IR treated windshields keep cabin temperatures low when flying in hot conditions.
The cargo compartment is located at the rear and separate from the cabin and is accessible by two lateral doors. It is spacious and will accommodate diverse material up to maximum weight of 25 kgs.
The construction process consists in applying several layers of carbon fibre in specially designed moulds with the form of the aircraft. Layers are later impregnated with epoxy resin and with a special pressurised system, the piece is compressed and all the air is driven out.
Finished parts then undergo a cold curing process until the resin has dried properly. The final step is a high temperature cure that will bring the laminate to it´s optimum mechanical properties.
With this high technology process, the result is a very strong, compact and lightweight laminate, easy and simple to work with.
With the help of several conformers, we integrate the rest of all the separate components and in approximately one week, the fuselage is assembled and ready to receive the mechanical systems.
These composite structures do not require special protection treatments. All parts are just primed and later painted to the customer´s choice. In this way, we optimise production costs and can offer a competitive price in comparison to other manufacturers.
Composite construction allows to produce any kind of piece either structural or not, in any shape or form and easily adaptable to existing elements.
We follow strict aeronautical quality control on all our manufacturing process. The carbon fibre, epoxy resin and all the consumables, are fully certified by aviation authorities.
The PHENIX does not have many metallic parts but the hardware (aluminum tubing, steel plates, nuts and bolts, etc.) are also aviation grade and homologated.
Our parts suppliers for engines, rotor blades, propellers, instrumentation, etc. are all well known and qualified companies.
As a result of our less expensive production system, we are able to offer the highest standard quality without overpricing the final product.
Our main objective when we designed the PHENIX, was the creation of a safe, stable and easy operational gyroplane. The concept had to be radical in order to improve the limited capacity of the actual gyroplanes.
Most actual gyroplanes have a rear mounted engine in “pusher” configuration. This is an inheritance from designs of the late fifties and is not the ideal setup.
We have gone back to the original idea of Juan de la Cierva, inventor of the gyroplane, with a forward mounted engine in “tractor” configuration, a more logical setup in modern aeronautical design. This creates a strong stabilising effect on the gyroplane and optimises safety through a completely neutral attitude of the aircraft in all conditions. The result is a very stable aircraft, safe and easy to fly, requiring less workload on the pilot.
These are some of the positive aspects of a tractor configuration in comparison to the usual pusher:
THRUST: Propeller receives clean air producing more advancing power.
PERFORMANCE: Is able to take-off in a shorter distance compared to any other gyroplane.
STABILITY: Thrust line goes directly through centre of gravity, ensuring a neutral attitude in all flying conditions.
SAFETY: In the event of a survivable crash landing, the engine and cabin compartment provide a high protection to it´s occupants.
COOLING: Air is naturally drawn into the engine area allowing for a simple and effective cooling.
MAINTENANCE: Engine cowlings are easily removable to leave engine and systems completely exposed for inspections.
We are the first gyroplane manufacturer in the world to install a ballistic parachute as standard equipment, considering it a major contribution to gyroplane safety.
The equipment consists of a canister holding a parachute attached to a small rocket device which extracts it within a second after pulling a firing handle in the cockpit.
It is capable of supporting the entire aircraft and crew and can be deployed as low as 100 mts. above ground level. The aircraft will gently descent to the ground providing total survival of it´s occupants and the aircraft. All the expensive equipment on board will remain undamaged and recoverable.
|OPERATIONS AND APPLICATIONS|
The PHENIX is totally suitable for multi-role law enforcement operations such as border and coastal patrol, traffic control, fire prevention, criminal persecution or any other operation where a quick response and effective aerial surveillance is required.
Low operational costs and a simple maintenance routine will increase flying time. With it´s minimum pre-flight preparation, it can be airborne in less than 10 minutes from engine start up.
Depending on the designated tasks, this aircraft can be specifically equipped to meet any demands.
The instrument panel is designed in such a way that it can accommodate any kind of analogue or digital equipment including wide screen monitors.
Several hard points have been integrated into the structure in order to mount different enforcement equipment such as infrared cameras, spotlights, radar, armament, etc.
Due to it´s neutral handling characteristics, this aircraft is able to operate from non-prepared runway strips such as small local roads, countryside paths, riverbeds, etc.
The transition for helicopter and fixed wing pilots to this gyroplane will not be demanding and is easily adaptable. In this way training will be less expensive.
A convenient trailer considered as a mobile Control Centre is available for this aircraft. Due to the average low weight of the aircraft, the trailer can be easily boarded and the unit can be transported to remote or confined areas where it can start it´s mission.
The Phenix can be flown in any mission with a pilot plus a tactical officer.
Due to the low workload in the cabin, it is also possible to fly with just the pilot covering also the tactical role.
The aircraft can be quickly adapted to different tasks with minor changes and be ready to fly for a new mission in an extremely short time period.
The PHENIX can be a very effective tool for a vast number of military operations, carrying out missions up to date only performed by expensive aircrafts, at a much lower cost.
It can be used playing a role in autonomous dispersed operations or even engage direct confrontation with the aid of appropriate armament.
The aircraft can be covered with a Kevlar armour, capable of withstanding enemy fire, offering a high protection to the crew.
Also is capable of downlinking high quality and extremely valuable real time information to enable ground commanders to plan adequate action.
It is possible to install VFR/IFR avionics for Day/Night operation, integrating night vision goggles.
Various mounting points are available and can be used for fitting different equipment:
|– Forward looking Infra Red (FLIR) cameras- Synthetic Aperture Radar
– Under-body role equipment
– Cameras, laser designators
– 40 mm grenade launcher with belt feed
– 7.62 mm light machine gun
|– Guided rockets (standard 68/70 mm launchers)- Unguided rockets (4 or 7 tube launchers)
– Laser targeting system
– High intensity spotlight
– Tear gas, pepper gas, smoke and flash launchers
– Ammunition containers
|ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT- Vegetation mapping
– Water management
– Security, Patrolling
– Fence and perimeter inspection
– Anti Poaching operations
– Game counts with multisensory
– Productivity (Biomass, trees, grass,
– Fire detection and prevention
– Erosion and scar detection
– Fine scale demographics
– Crop spraying
|HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT- Emergency Medical
– Supply distribution
– Emigration control
– Rural area deliveries
– Scenic flights
– Cross country navigation
– Commuter transport
|COMMERCIAL- Geo surveying
– News coverage
– Ferry flights
– VIP transport
– Traffic management
– Accidents report
– Crime persecution
BENEFITS OF THE PHENIX GYROPLANE
– Strong composite construction
– Side by side seating
– More engine thrust
– Maximum stability
– Neutral flying attitude
– Safer operation
– Simple training
– Low maintenance
– Road transportable
– Short take-off roll
– No landing distance required
– Large operational speed range
– Easy ground and flight handling
– Minimum pre-flight preparation
– Small hangar footprint
– Big cargo compartment
– Safety ballistic parachute
– Comfortable and spacious cabin
– Relatively unaffected by wind and turbulence
– Versatility as a low operating cost working platform for multiple tasks
– Purchase and operational costs about ten times less compared to helicopters and other aircraft
|SPECIFICATIONS AND PERFORMANCE|
|From 275 Kgs.Minimum 200 kgs.
Up to 600 kgs.
From 100 to 240 hp.
From 8,40 to 8,80 mts.
70 Liters (Extendable)
The following figures are based on a 750 hour yearly flying schedule and considering a typical mission operative of pilot and tactical officer on board. Calculation is made for an average 150 hp engine with 95 Lead free fuel.
|VARIABLE COSTSFUEL BURN (Liters/Hour)
ENGINE AND ROTORBLADE TBO RESERVE*
Total variable cost per hour
Total fixed costs
HOURS PER YEAR
FIXED COST PER HOUR
TOTAL VARIABLE/FIXED COSTS PER YEAR
TOTAL COSTS PER HOUR
- Engine and rotor blade Time Between Overhaul is approximately 2000 hours. Engine will be fully overhauled and rotor blades will be completely replaced for new ones.
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75013 Paris France
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