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 MoTIS BETA TESTERS FIRST TEST FLIGHT REPORT ON THE MoTIS MSP SST 1X CONTRAIL

 


MoTIS NEO CONCEPT AVIATION AT ITS FINEST- CONTRAIL

Flight test date: 1/2/2004- From X ROW to KPIE

 

Well building a never before seen neo concept aircraft can be a tough undertaking , but what can tend to be even more complex is the very first few shake down flights.. Today MoTIS beta testers will be taking you on the third series of test flights on our new supersonic business jet known as the Contrail.  The Contrail was designed by senior MoTIS designer O Watson and is sure to be one of the best aircraft that has leaped out of the head of this trendy designer. This aircraft is the first of its kind and is a great looking aircraft also. It has been designed with the best of all of the CAD designing programs on the market and is to say the least the cutting edge of the next level in supersonic transport.

 

 

THE TAKE OFF

The MSP-SST 1X CONTRAIL is the next generation of super sonic SSBJ's that will bridge the gap between long distance business travel and safety in general and corporate aviation! This aircraft seats eight passengers to twelve and two pilots but the aircraft is designed to be single pilot operated. The aircraft has a super sleek design and has two powerful inline fuselage engines. MoTIS VJD designers is using a new standard in engine placement for our aircraft called the inline fuselage engine integration method to deliver great placement of the power plant while allowing for more streamlined aircraft surfaces with the engines being and out growth of the main fuselage! The CONTRAIL was built by O Watson and Jennifer Guess and it will be constructed with carbon composites making it strong and ultra light weight! The history and story of the CONTRAIL could have a book written on it as it was never really to become a MoTIS design! This aircraft has been passed over for other aircraft that were being developed at MoTIS until one day in May of 2001. This aircraft came out of our 2D design trials in May and was designed in the partial construction mode. The CONTRAIL was originally to be called the AEROLINER but this name went instead to a group of three aircraft that will be previewed later this year as MoTIS VJD's standard concept airliners. The CONTRAIL as other aircraft designs ensured that it would be fully constructed when our group received an email of a virtual airline requesting a fast and sleek SSBJ that they could use to shuttle their members from New York to London in under four hours and it had to seat at least six people,  the Contrail in fact seats 8-12 passengers with a flight crew of two.

THE CLIMB OUT

  The current trends in supersonic flight is looking into the reality of designing and creating a dynamic market for supersonic business jets. The capacity of building super cool looking supersonic business aircraft have to be weighed against the ability to operate, maintain, and use supersonic business aircraft in a reasonable and cost effective way.  MoTIS INDUSTRIES has created its own research studies into the design, use, and capability to expedite the movement of the mass flying public into the next generation of supersonic business flight and beyond. Our answer to a medium end production cost aircraft , that can operate at supersonic speeds between Mach 1.2 and 1.65 is in fact the Contrail. The Contrail was designed in a pre formatted form and left in the production hangar while MoTIS engineering staff worked out all the data that would be needed to make the aircraft a true success. The data for the aircraft was placed into two computational wind tunnels and the MoTIS VJD virtual flash designed wind tunnel test suite. The wing design and the overall composite structure are all testimony to the advanced technology that went into refining the aircraft to fill its role as a supersonic multipurpose business jet.

THE CABIN

The Contrail climb out is conducted in a state of the art high tech custom glass cockpit designed by the MoTIS panel design team ..

 The cabin of a super sonic business aircraft must take advantage of the latest in ergonomic placement of seating and cabin equipment so that the business customer who will buy the aircraft will have the greatest choice of optional layouts for the cabin but at the same time the designers of the aircraft must weight the best possible layout of seating so as to not effect the weight and balance and flight characteristics of the aircraft to much while it is in flight. The cabin of the Contrail is set up to present more of an industry standard layout for the cabin leaning more towards the professional airline transport set up and less on the luxury side as a business flight will be shortened at the super sonic speeds that this aircraft will travel at.


 THE SHAKE DOWN FLIGHT

As the Contrail turns out to head up to cruise altitude one has to ask the question of the true feasibility of designing a next generation super sonic aircraft from scratch at this time in aviation history. Well the answer is very simple . If one of the most expansive industries in human history stops pushing the envelope of breaking the barriers that define man in his current state of being then we will never evolve to the ultimate of our own divine potential as a human race. We must build the next level in aviation not because we can but because we have no choice other then to do it! The Contrail piloted by O Watson and William Leclair is the next logical step into a world of supersonic fight with a high degree of safety and at a low operational cost for an extended period of long term use. The key to designing a great aircraft is not just putting wings and an engine on it , but the true key is a well planned aircraft that serves its primary mission well and has the capacity to serve a multiplicity of other functions and missions over the life of that aircraft... The Contrail is to be flown at a super econo-cruise over land masses and must adhere to strict routes over water ways such as the Atlantic and Pacific ocean. However our flight today day is taking us out over the Gulf of Mexico to a deep start point where there is no chance of effecting the locals in there beds..

 

The Contrail performs a 45 degree angled banking climb and heads up to meet the chase plane...


THE CHASE PLANE CHECK OUT

The Contrail will have may uses but it will function primarily as a Land jumper (aka. SSBJ Ocean liner) for intercontinental business travel. The goal of any supersonic business jet will be to decrease the time it will take to do business across seas but to the pilot flying the aircraft they just want to know that the aircraft is fast, sleek, and able to make the journey with out the smallest hitch. The Contrail Was designed to fill a special role in the supersonic transport arena by being constructed to fly the New York to London route at Mach 1.65 at 52,950ft. The aircraft is packed with the state of the art avionics package that common on most subsonic business transport aircraft. This aircraft will attempt to logically attack the myth that there is little room in the future for economical and efficient supersonic business jet travel.

 The Contrail meets the MoTIS chase plane on the way up to cruise altitude and the chase aircraft check the Contrail out for its ride down to KPIE- ST. Petersburg Fl...

The Contrail flies at a high angle of attack up to the test flight cruise altitude for today and the chase aircraft follows it up and scans it for trouble.  The Contrail is flown up to cruise altitude all systems and subsystems are checked and cross checked. The Contrail pilots O. Watson & William LeClaire attempt to fly the aircraft at 3/4ths power in order to determine angle of attach characteristics as well as to chart angle of attack to drag ratio.  This aircraft is powered by two 12,500 lb Thrust Master enhanced engines making takeoff and climb out super easy to achieve at half power.  The aircraft climbs at a generous 3,250 ft/min at 3/4ths power.  The Contrail's greatest asset during climb out is it's belly-mounted in line fuselage mounted engines.  The center of gravity of this aircraft is located fairly aft of a traditional subsonic business jet.  This requires special design of the contrail's trimming system which is really the primary longitudinal control system of this aircraft.


THE MACH TEST SHAKE DOWN TEST

 The biggest hurdles for supersonic transport programs to overcome are cost issues, flight regulations, environmental issues such as noise pollution, fuel usage issue and others but the one that can hurt a super sonic development program the most is lack of public information  as to how super sonic flight can be advanced while maintaining certain standards in our current aviation system such as noise pollution and increased fuel aviation fuel resource usage...


 THE COCKPIT

The test flight is a success and the Contrail beta test crew prepares to land at KPIE

The Contrail cockpit is designed to create a working environment for two pilots that will essentially allow for the aircraft to be flown with one pilots and the neo concept computer monitoring system known as the MoTIS AVPOD super flight management system. This is another MoTIS concept design that links the flight computer to an avionics management system that makes the aircraft possible to be operated by one pilot and a computer generated virtual pilot that we are calling: SAMSON...

 

The test flight crew opt for a VFR landing into KPIE after being vectored into landing position and cleared to land...


THE SAFE LANDING

The Contrail on landing is a precision pilots dream and a novice pilots nightmare as the fuselage mounted engines restricts the angle at which the pilot can land the aircraft.. If you pilot the Contrail you may opt to fly almost three point landings and this is quite ok as the front nose gear is reinforced for this very procedure..

Landing the Contrail requires smooth control inputs!

The chase plane gets a great view Contrail as she sets up for landing on final approach into KPIE..

 

The Contrail completes the long journey from X ROW to the place where commercial aviation got its start in Florida!

The MSP-SST 1X CONTRAIL is the next generation of super sonic SSBJ's that will bridge the gap between long distance business travel and safety in general and corporate aviation! This aircraft seats eight passengers and two pilots but the aircraft is designed to be single pilot operated. The aircraft has a super sleek design and has two powerful inline fuselage engines. MoTIS VJD designers is using a new standard in engine placement for our aircraft called the inline fuselage engine integration method to deliver great placement of the power plant while allowing for more streamlined aircraft surfaces with the engines being and out growth of the main fuselage!  The CONTRAIL was designed by O Watson and Jennifer Guess and it will be constructed with carbon composites making it strong and ultra light weight! The history and story of the CONTRAIL could have a book written on it as it was never really to become a MoTIS design! This aircraft has been passed over for other aircraft that were being developed at MoTIS until one day in May of 2001. This aircraft came out of our 2D design trials in May and was designed in the partial construction mode. The CONTRAIL was originally to be called the AEROLINER but this name went instead to a group of three aircraft that will be previewed later this year as MoTIS VJD's standard concept airliners. The CONTRAIL as other aircraft designs ensured that it would be fully constructed when our group received an email of a virtual airline requesting a fast and sleek SSBJ that they could use to shuttle their members from New York to London in under four hours and it had to seat at least six people.

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