After more than a decade of development, Carter Aerospace Technologies has completed initial flights of a prototype designed to combine the vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) capability of a rotary-wing aircraft with fixed-wing cruise speed and efficiency. The proof-of-concept Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) uses the company’s slowed rotor/compound (SR/C) technology, which has been licensed to unmanned-aircraft manufacturer AAI Corp. for use in VTOL designs. Carter will build two PAVs for ...

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