Plans for a wooden car plane have been revealed, as the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is considering an experimental plan for an unmanned flight.
The wooden plane, to be built by a consortium of Irish companies, will be piloted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Aerosols Aviation Research Centre in Limerick.
The aircraft will be used to test the viability of unmanned aircraft in a wide range of environments, including urban, urban and rural areas.
In an IAA statement, it said the aircraft would be operated in the following conditions: It would be powered by a commercial jet engine, with a maximum takeoff weight of 40 tonnes.
It will have a maximum range of 600km, or 5 times the current world average.
Its flight path will be controlled using the IAA’s network of unmanned aerial vehicles.
An air traffic control (ATC) system will be in place.
A pilot will be able to fly the aircraft in and out of the air space, as well as land.
Two of the aircrafts crew members will be pilots, while a third pilot will carry out all of the operations.
“The idea is that this aircraft will become a model for future aircraft designs, enabling us to develop better control, safety and operational capabilities for this type of aircraft,” said Dr. Stephen McCartan, director of the IAAF, during a media conference.
“It will also demonstrate the feasibility of an unmanned aircraft system in a range of other environments.”
The IAA hopes to have the aircraft operational by 2020.