Sunday, 23 September 2012
FanWing is a new concept for a type of cyclogyro. It uses a fixed wing with a forced airflow produced by cylindrical fans mounted at the leading edge of the wing. Its makers claim it is the first horizontal-rotored integral lift and propulsion wing in history to sustain flight.
Patrick Peebles developed the FanWing concept in 1997. He formed the FanWing Company and applied for patents on his idea in several countries where aircraft are manufactured. In July 2005 the company advertised that the first FanWing aircraft concept has undergone wind tunnel tests and powered model flights. Recent design development has added a tail-plane which has increased the forward speed to the same as that of a helicopter.