Disco Vollante' STOL Lifting Body Concept
Born from the most imaginative concepts in lifting body technologies comes a flying body shaped like a saucer with
enclosed dual ducted fans, a turbo charged 4 rotor fuel injected Wankel rotary engine with a carbon fibre block, a
large gyro that enduces yaw and roll control which enables flying sideways like a helicopter without flight control
surfaces.  This is a STOL vehicle designed to take-off as well as land in sectored streets that allow flying vehicle
flight interfacing.  The dynamic body which produces lift also sports pop-out wings when added control surfaces are
required.  The most latest and compact state of the art avionics are installed on this 'craft'.  If you find yourself
being followed by an F16 or guys dressed in black are waiting for you in the driveway, tell them its just a sim model.
Disco Volante' Lifting Body STOL Personal Flight Craft
Nice view from above gives one a good 'realization' of how the
body work is shaped, as it can be decieving from certain angles.
At a major airport, prepairing to go to full throttle on the 4
rotor Wankel fuel injected turbo charged powerplant
Awesome front profile, accellerating into a climb from a
neighborhood district
Disco Volante' Lifting Body STOL Personal Flight Craft
Taxiing over to the fueling paddocks
It looks to be hovering off the ground, I hadnt put landing gear on
this version yet and it was using the air file from the Wasp which is
VTOL.
Disco Volante' Lifting Body STOL Personal Flight Craft
Fuel her up please, the best you have
I love this view.  It totally looks like a saucer.  This would be one fun bird
to fly
Notice the built in triple concave shape, with the contour down the
middle in the lower foil for pilot and engine
Climbing out over Seatle after a nice fly by, passing the needle
The Public Released Version After Testing
Heading home to San Diego in the evening skies after shooting touch and
goes over Santa Catalina Island.
This view shows the 3rd generation of landing gear.  (Yep...)  I wanted it to
look right and finally, after a break and a nights sleep, I awoke with this
layout in mind.
Here the Disco is sporting its nose up flare rotation.  I am doing just over
40 knots where she can then rotate, but not go airborn.  For that you
need 80 plus knots.
Here's a nice DeHavilland I am flying along side in the evening skies.  The
rotary powered engine does well and could keep up with this for quite a
ways.
This is a nice view sporting the aft profile and slightly showing the triple
concave underbelly and the massive width of the main gear for good
handling and turns.
Pilot showing up late for work.  (Mates, just make sure you park it in the
back and lock it up.  No joy riding..  Just to McDonalds....)
I like good color options.  This version in red is a bit nice.
This view shows the size and top down profile of the Disco Vollante
compared to a regular SUV of similar Range Rover size, (my ole company
I worked for).  
These are the Lift Assist Foils, which are for slow landings and take-offs.  
I rarely use them.  The foils fold in nicely when retracted.  (I like barreling
in at good speed without the foils, and then dropping the gear, mushing
her nose up, and softly touching down at 80 knots with quarter throttle
applied).  
This shot shows the briefcase and the duffle bag in the forward nose
stow nooks.
About the reality and future of this concept;
The concept of the Disco Vollante' is based on 'fully enclosing' all flight surfaces, powerplants and fans, etc, into
a lifting body of extreme aerodynamic shape that can also land in STOL fashion.  Visibility, enclosure of fans, and
dynamic surfaces which enable vehicle 'control' were problems to be worked out.

With Flight Control, a gyro was incorporated that is spun up in a vacumn chamber behind the firewall, in the CG
of the plane/craft.  This form of 'control' enables quite 'odd' and powerful yaw, roll, and pitch without the need
for winglets outside the perimeters of the lifting body.  One can actually fly slightly sideways like a helicopter to
look directly at ground or air targets with minimal loss to direction of movement.  Please note that other flight
controls that rely on the movement of air are lined about the dynamic hull.  The gyroscope would only be an
enhancement within the flight control package.  This craft is designed to be a plane first and foremost.

Visibility is through a large perspex of polycarbonate that must be reinforced to provide a safe protection
barrier for the pilot of this craft as well as the fact that it comprises a very moderate amount of the front of
the lifting body area.  Concepts for reinforcing the material could include a composite construction method of
thin layers of plexi inter bonded like safety plate glass, but for the purpose of maintaining shape through
lamenations.  The problem of visibility is apparent.  The perspex being 'rounded' would afford some visibility.  
The option of utilizing a remote retractable panoramic mini cam in a small pod like structure that would raise
up out of the dynamic hull would transmit its visuals to the pilot wearing an eyepiece, with the viewer being able
to manipulate the mini-cam with a thumb multi-position POS button on one of the primary control joysticks with
perhaps presets built in, very much like flight simulator in that one could either check ones sides or rear, or go
into a scan 'movement'.

The props are concealed within the dynamic hull within two tunnels that start from small slots in the leading
edge and carry back to the rear deck with the 5 triangular looking thrust 'rudder axis' votex directors or
stators.  The fans are belt driven from the rotary engine which is mounted between them.  The fans would
incorporate a two stage prop layout where the air is accellerated in levels by two diffrent designs of fans.  
Much similar in fact to a jet, but in a layout powered by a rotary engine and two such assemblies powered by a
common power source.  Such of which in future versions could ustilise a brilliant light weight, utterly simple
turbine that would have more high end power as well as far less moving parts and technologies.  (Such turbines
exist today and are used to produce power in biz jets and are reffered to as APU units.  I had tried to obtain one
to fit into the sports car I made back in 1986).

The powerplant designed for the Disco Vollante' is the Wankel.  Its extremely low vibration and continuous
power  curve are similar to a Turbine, but yet yields a far less fuel consumption.  The Wankle would use a
composite block as well as twin turbos and a fuel injection system that would enable massive forms of tuning
per altitude and air conditions as well as monitoring from the pilots glass cockpit screens.  From past
experience while working for Range Rover, I witnessed the incredible amount of computations the V8 would go
through.  It is as though man had created a simple form of 'life' if you would, that could think in a way to
'manage' its self to run  utterly best.  

To further the thoughts on computer management, one could look into such possibilities of computers litterally
flying such urban remote landing craft with such incredible control that it would be like birds in that they would
know how fast to fly in what conditions and what speeds to stay at on an approach in bumpy weather with a 20
knot cross wind from a bearing 33 degrees from the direction of travel.  Not to take away from the extremely
fun sport of flying, but for a lady that would be the mother of several children, talking with her husband at work
while landing her craft at the shopping mall, the incredible amount of safety that would encompass such
critical manuvres could now be safely in the hands of such a computer and software that people that werent as
good at flying or distracted with the many facets of our busy lives could now handed over such manuvering
when  needed to a flight system that could possibly become better then a human pilot with the ability to 'sense'
the conditions through its 'nervous system' of sensory equipment throughout the craft.  Again, similar to a
simple form of life that could think just like a seagull that feels the air on its feathers, smells the humidity of
the air, and senses its speed and weight.  I would like to say though, that for now, the concept of the Disco
Vollante' is one designed to be built now, but let us never stop growing and using the gift from God to imagine
great dreams and wonders for the furture and our childrens world to come.
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