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Air Taxis Could Clear London Grid Lock

London is just one example of where STOL strips could be opened. The transit time door to door is just 2 minutes from any out of town park and fly site. There are many cities around the world that would suit Jetpod air taxis. Moscow is already looking to set-up a fleet of air taxis to cope with chronic traffic congestion (Flight International, 2004).
London, UK (SPX) Oct 28, 2004
"Real Air Taxis will soon be on their way into major cities," says London based AVCEN. Avcen is to bring its innovative Jetpod aircraft design off the drawing board and into proof-of-concept build and flight trials.

The Jetpod is a unique, lightweight, Very Quiet Short Take-Off and Landing (VQSTOL), 6-seat, twin-jet powered aircraft. The Jetpod also comes in two Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) variants based on the same design.

The Jetpod cruises at 300 knots (350 mph) and only requires an incredible 125 metres (410 feet) to take-off or land. This is achieved through a combination of horizontal and vertical thrust management as developed by Avcen.

The Jetpod does not require a runway and can operate from grass and roughly prepared dirt strips. The Jetpod has been designed to withstand multiple daily low-level flight sectors using a rugged undercarriage. The Jetpod has a wide-bodied, high ceiling appeal, with an easy to enter set of rear-clamshell passenger doors and walk-in foot-ramp.

Avcen has developed its own noise attenuation technologies, enabling its noise output to be lower than the latest and quietest jet engines by an additional -17 to -20 decibels. The Jetpod, with its twin-engined safety, will sell for under one million US Dollars.

Mike Dacre, Avcen's Managing Director, says "We are expecting a great deal of interest from around the world in this unique form of localised air transportation."

The Jetpod T-100 air taxi and the P-100 personal transpeeder can operate quietly in tiny city-centre landing sites that will be one tenth of the length normally required, thereby opening up cities to true pay-on-demand, free-roaming air taxis.

The military M-300 version is well suited to command-and-control, fast extraction of wounded troops, and on-board Aircraft Carrier operations, without the need of a catapult or arrester gear. An E-600 air ambulance variant is also being introduced.

The hover capable UAVs can fly in almost any weather day or night. The U-500 is capable of rescuing one person remotely under the control of base-station operatives some 300 miles away. Rescuing a person remotely in this way has never been done before.

The U-600 variant has been designed to carry out unmanned light re-supply, construction and engineering repair tasking, along-side oil rigs, large ships and high-rise buildings. Avcen will see the aircraft through their trials, after which it will need external investment to get the company to production.

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West Palm Beach FL (SPX) Oct 15, 2004
Proxity Digital Networks, through Cyber Aerospace, an operating subsidiary of Proxity's Cyber Defense Systems notes a recent news story that some 190,000 illegals from countries other than Mexico have breached our borders this year.

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