A drone for all seasons.

You’d be forgiven for wondering why the conclusion to the content below appears at the outset ~ the reason being that like most books it has been written chapter by chapter and posted on in the same order. Ever unafraid of unorthodoxy, therefore, can I persuade you to scroll…

You no longer need be a Wright Brother to build a flying machine…

Although the design of eVTOLs can clearly run to years instead of months, this is no need to be discouraged. The average family car now takes the better part of ten years to go from concept to sales, and there is no guarantee at whichever stage that any model might…

Have phone-box, will travel.

Managing a development project is key to success at least as much as, if not moreso than formulating a working design. In retrospect what had happened at Llanbedr was as much a failure in communication as all else, and a failure to capitalise upon progress by omitting to apply the…

One small step for a bin.

With every occasion on which a prototype failed in one way or other, there was always the question of whether to rebuild the existing design or to alter it in some way whilst the opportunity presented itself. We had at the outset elected to use eight motors for three principal…

That leg’ll have to come off I’m afraid, Sir.

It would have been Tuesday 3rd of February in 2020 therefore that we packed our bags and prepared to come home, and it was that same week that a cruise-liner was held off San Fransisco due to an outbreak of a viral infection of increasing concern: Covid-19. I remember in…

“Get me out of here.”

It is worth an overview of the GoFly Challenge, if only because nothing quite like it looks set to take place again any time soon in a post-pandemic world. Whilst set to continue in 2022 and with Boeing’s million dollar prize apparently still on the table ~ for whoever can…

Whadya’ mean, it don’t count as checked-in?

After the back-up design had been skewered like a Savoy sausage there was no choice but to revert to Plan A and submit a phone-box at a reduced scale. At that reduced scale however it occurred to me that whilst an adult might not be able to stand up in…

It’s a helicopter, Jim, but not as we know it.

Thus it was that the rules of the GoFly Challenge, at least so far as they related to the allowable dimensions of the craft, would not allow for an upright adult-sized passenger compartment pitched between a pair of quadcopters using the 32” propellers that we’d selected at the outset… they…

One day son, all phone boxes will be like this.

We left off then with a ludicrous plan on paper that involved figuratively ‘teleporting’ an individual from one urban location to another based solely on, say, entry of a postcode. Or so you would have thought? Reviewing the hits on the handful of videos featuring a number of different layouts…

Motors start, quadcopter rises, you get on.

I would have to say that invention has at once illuminated and blighted my life, though in truth like Linus Torvalds I have always felt that life is nothing much without a project. I have thus lived it somewhat vicariously, the livings that I earned serving principally to fuel the…

Colin Hilton

A former airline captain electrified by the prospect of people-carrying drones.

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