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Prius of the Skies
Story Updated: Jan 16, 2012
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(NewsUSA) - Green is the 'in' color these days, with just about every motor manufacturer from Toyota to what is left of General Motors, through their U.K. subsidiary Vauxhall, all developing their own hybrid cars. Fully electric cars, too, are being developed by companies large and small, often with government-grant backing. For instance, the Chinese government has introduced incentives for investment in electric vehicles in the Chongqing region, where all the taxis and many of the buses are already running exclusively on electric power.
But battery technology has a long way to go before it can claim to be a genuine alternative to the internal combustion engine. Hybrid technology, certainly for the near to medium term, appears to be the way forward. In fact, the whole hybrid drive-train has been rolling along for longer, and evolving into more applications, than most people appreciate. As is often the case, it is not the big companies that make the breakthroughs but the 'garden shed' innovators who risk everything to fulfil their vision. And such is the case with Simon Scott who set up his company, Falx Air, in Staffordshire, England this year after nine years of development work and design in hybrid-electric propulsion for aircraft. Since he launched, he has been researching, experimenting and developing the technology to the stage where it is now ready to be developed into a full-scale prototype ready for a worldwide launch.
The upshot is a range of hybrid-electric-powered aircraft that might be weird of shape but outstrip performance in just about every area of competing aircraft. In fact, Scott claims that he has no competition. The leading-edge product is a personal transport vehicle (PTV) that could, quite simply, replace the car for those with the wherewithal to acquire one and who would prefer to go in a straight line for journeys of up to 500 miles, in an aircraft that consumes less than 3 gallons of fuel an hour.
The cost of just $150,000 for the Saker PTV is affordable for some 10 million individuals who have achieved the status of 'high-net-worth individual' around the world, and would certainly fall well within the reach of corporate shared-ownership schemes.
Falx Air technology would never power anything like the giant Airbus 380, but it could certainly make a huge dent in the small, personal and corporate helicopter market. At the same time, making a significant contribution to the reduction in emissions from these machines that, when compared to the Saker helicopter and other designs coming out of Falx Air, look positively Stone Age. The huge reduction in noise will also make it much more acceptable among us ground-dwellers. That massive reduction in noise has obvious significant stealth applications for the military, and discussions have already begun with some defense departments.
Scott is already taking orders for his aircraft from all over the world and is now gearing up to start manufacture with a capital-raising listing on Growthwire and making the first moves toward building a global dealer network. These could just as easily be quality motor outlets as much as aircraft dealerships. After all, they would be selling the 'Prius of the Skies.'
Further information on the Falx Air capital raising can be seen at www.growthwire.com.