In a world of increasing economic, health, and educational disparity it has become clear that technology has the potential to be the great equalizer. Just look at the difference that cell phone technology has made in Africa, where it has fundamentally altered the way people bank and are educated, changed the way that their governments deal with disaster management and provided much-needed quality control over health care and pharmaceutical supplies. However, one area where the disparity gap is growing instead of closing is in aviation. Sixty percent of the world has little or no access to modern aviation due to the escalating costs of aircraft and associated required physical support infrastructure and human capital.
But what if there was a technology that could change this virtually overnight? Well, it turns out there is. A simple solution that’s been invisible in plain sight for over 50 years. It’s gyronautics, the science of sustained autorotative flight.
Gyronautics represents an elegant fusion of technology. Specifically, the full functionality of a fixed wing aircraft and the vertical takeoff capability of a helicopter netting a unique airplane that doesn’t need a runway. Let that sink in. An aerial vehicle capable of holding scores of passengers or tons of cargo that doesn’t need anything more than a few feet of concrete to take-off and land.
At first glance, gyroplanes are something straight out of Call of Duty, but better. Faster, simpler, safer, and more sustainable than many existing aviation platforms, this technology is not only poised to disrupt urban transportation as a pivotal component of the surging trend towards MaaS (mobility as a service) but also has the potential to be positively game-changing for emerging nations by providing them with access to an affordable and manageable aviation platform.
The Hawk 4 is one of the gyronautic platforms of Skyworks Global, the world’s leading authority on sustained autorotative flight. This flexible and transformative aircraft has gotten the attention of leading aviation companies. More importantly, the platform is also under consideration for broad adoption by both the Philippine and Nigerian governments to transform the way they secure their borders, improve economic conditions, provide disaster relief and connect their cities. For example, with oil providing the lifeblood of Nigeria’s economy, its inability to effectively manage and secure the vast pipeline network leads to millions of dollars in loss every year. Gyroplanes will not only provide an effective way to enforce pipeline security but can also be used to enhance the government’s ongoing campaign against the militant group Boko Haram.
The potential impact of the widespread use of gyroplane is difficult to overstate, from providing a much-needed low-cost way to serve India’s and South America’s growing commuter markets across vast regions to empowering emerging nations to participate more fully in the global marketplace. This stable, safe and extraordinarily affordable aircraft that needs no runway and can literally take off from or land from a soccer field or grocery store parking lot, delivers the benefit of sustainability without sacrificing sophistication and has the potential to revolutionize personal, military and commercial transportation on a global level.