USA's Pegasus 1 - Tilt Rotor Goes 70 Knots
It's a Y6 tilt rotor with wing, hybrid powertrain and a cruising speed of 70 knots. The Pegasus 1 is a top 10 winner in Boeing's GoFly International. It's the creation of USA Team Scoop and captain Alex Smolen, who is a self-taught programmer with experience flying and building multicopters.
Smolen sees the Pegasus as the first step toward fun and simple personal flight. He thinks anyone can fly the vehicle for 30 minutes and will find it a wonder to fly.
The vehicle has 6 propellers. When it hovers, they lift Pegasus off the ground, slowly and in any direction like a drone. To cruise, the propellers tilt giving it lift and thrust. As it accelerates, the wings give additional lift making it fly like a plane.
Pegasus 1 Promise
Team Scoop and Alex Smolen are now building their concept into a flyable prototype to compete against 10 other teams in the GoFly competition for the $2 million prize to be awarded in March 2019. They say Pegasus 1 is safe, easy to use and a wonder to fly.