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    Mass produced vtol aircraft to eliminate eventual global gridlock of ground vehicles

    Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Company, stated recently that personal transportation will become limited, not by the price of fuel or CO2 emissions, but by congestion (http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_ford_a..._gridlock.html). We will rapidly approach a point where traffic simply stands still, and that will limit our personal movement.
    I have a patent pending on a new transportation vehicle that is designed to run on natural gas or any other bio-fuel at several hundred miles per hour at a lower cost per mile than the Prius.
    The Verticraft is the ultimate transportation vehicle of the future. It has maximum speed and safety at minimum cost. Very high speed on the ground is very dangerous, while very high speed in the air is desirable and very safe. On the ground, vehicles are separated horizontally by a few feet with zero vertical separation. In the air Verticraft will be separated by hundreds or thousands of feet horizontally and by hundreds or thousands of feet vertically, making air travel thousands of times safer than driving. Residents of low-density, residential-only sprawling communities are also more likely to die in car collisions which kill 1.2 million people worldwide each year, and injure about forty times this number. The incredibly large costs involved in having to build roads and bridges to desired destinations and the destruction of the environment caused by those roads would be eliminated. The vehicle is designed to run on LNG or any bio-fuel to minimize emissions. A ballistic recovery parachute allows the Verticraft to make a normal landing in the unlikely event of multiple engine failure, because it is a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. If anyone does not believe that electronic collision avoidance systems work, check the accident record. Before collision avoidance systems were perfected and then made mandatory there was a tragic series of collisions involving airliners. Since the electronic systems went on watch there hasn’t been a midair involving an airline jet. It is a little known fact that the public has been flying on an automated airline flight system for years. Only three minutes of the average airline flight is not operated on autopilot.
    The aircraft would be totally automated. Each property owner would enter their address and each 12 'circular parking spot number into the FAA's NextGen system using the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The desired address and spot number would be entered into the Flight Management Computer. The FMC would reject any flight path that would have a traffic or weather or spot occupied conflict. The aircraft would all have TCAS ( traffic collision avoidance systems) connected to the autopilots that would take evasive maneuvers automatically just as the current airlines have TCAS warnings for the pilots to take manual evasive maneuvers. This system would automatically be activated by ambulance, police, or fire vehicles which have priority. The response time and efficiency of emergency vehicles would be greatly enhanced. If a spot at your desired destination is unavailable the nearest spot available would show on the cockpit display screen along with the nearest spot available to your current location at all times. At major airports the airline flights would operate in their normal flight corridors while inbound passengers would fly in unobstructed routes to their parking spots available near or on the terminal building. Passengers that live nearby could send their aircraft home as UAV's to free up parking spots. Rental aircraft would be available to international airline passengers. This would minimize the current causes of fatalities from automobiles such as falling asleep, alcohol, drugs, texting, many other distractions and last but not least, incompetence. Air taxi vehicles would be available for the people concerned about automated flying. The aircraft could be flown manually in low density airspace just as they are currently and still have the TCAS available to maximize safety as a backup to visual flight. The automated air transportation system would be used for transportation to the edges of high population areas where only mass transit vehicles are allowed. A good example is Disney World's transportation system.
    The initial market would be the 600,000 licensed pilots in the USA along with the estimated 400,000 foreign pilots. I would like to discuss a joint venture to mass produce the Verticraft to replace the current fleet of cars, trucks and aircraft and eventually eliminate global gridlock and dependence on foreign energy sources.
    Sincerely,
    Stanley G. Sanders II, President Verticraft LLC.
    email- j2sande@yahoo.com
    phone- 239-248-0747
    Last edited by Stan; 10-01-2011 at 09:22 AM.

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    How do you envision fully automated aircraft mingling with those of us who choose to continue to control our airplanes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    I have a patent on a new transportation vehicle that is designed to run on natural gas or any other bio-fuel at several hundred miles per hour at a lower cost per mile than the Prius...
    Uh huh. You're not related to Paul Moller, are you?

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    Thanks Dana. I was poised over my keyboard, but I couldn't remember Moller's name!
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    I will never fly on a 'fully automated' aircraft. As humans, we are not perfect, but since computers are designed by humans, they will not be either. I know enough about control system design to know I don't ever want to be on a plane without a pilot...

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    Spent a few minutes searching the Google patent database, didn't find anything in the name of Stanley Sanders, Verticraft, or any combination of "ADS-B" and "Sanders." Going to www.verticraft.com yields what is no doubt an interesting web site...though I don't read Chinese.

    Did find an interesting VTOL aircraft patent in the name of John Sanders, though. Doesn't seem to be related, but it seems about as unlikely. The Patent Office doesn't assess the realism of the submission, just the originality.
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    (Walking into the workplace covered in dirt, next to a woman who looks like she had a racoon attack her hair)

    "That's the third time this week I've been dusted by somebody's Verticraft."
    "Huh?" says the woman.
    [louder]
    "Darn thing was on auto-home mode."
    "I HAVE TO START WEARING EARPLUGS IN THE PARKING LOT" the woman yells back.

    I like how the things are banned from cities - they fly you to a centralized location and one is forced to take mass transit into town - but have full access to airports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spungey View Post
    How do you envision fully automated aircraft mingling with those of us who choose to continue to control our airplanes?
    The totally automated flight is only necessary when enough aircraft are in any particular area to warrant such action. Otherwise the aircraft can be flown as desired.

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    Fully automated means that the autopilot is capable of taking off and landing without any further pilot input. CAT III Autolandings are done everyday by airlines when the weather is below CAT II minimums.

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    I expect initial funding from DARPA for a UAV. A computer simulation model is being done at the Georgia Tech Aerospace Design Lab. To speed up the process, I am looking for private investors to
    build the PAV( personal air vehicle).

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