AOPA Pilot Magazine - October 2020 - 33

JESSICA STETSON

FUTURE FLIGHT |

Instead of being perturbed by the delay,
however, Baker was pleased by it.
"It's good to see an airport that's
busy," he said. "Everywhere I go lately is
busy, and that's good."
The Sweeps RV-10 takeoff roll was
characteristically short (about 900 feet),
and the airplane's energetic climb got
Baker questioning whether anything special had been done to boost its Lycoming
IO-540 engine.
"It feels like more [than 260 horsepower]," he said. "It really climbs well."
Baker is relaxed and happy in the air.
He laughs a lot, and his jokes are mostly
self-effacing. (Although I can say with
authority that co-pilot blunders amuse
him to no end.)
"Hey, look, the [inclinometer] ball's in
the middle," he said during our climb to
4,500 feet. "Try not to act too surprised."
Baker engaged the autopilot, then
clicked it off two minutes later to
hand fly. Steep turns, a lazy eight, slow
flight, and a stall series ensued in rapid
succession.
"This airplane's just fun to fly, and
that's what I care most about," he said of
the Sweeps RV-10. "Now, should we try
to do some landings?"
Baker performed two touch and goes
and a short-field landing to a full stop.
Each one was on speed and centerline,
and showed off the Sweeps RV-10's cooperative, obedient nature.
"The position of this throttle quadrant is growing on me," Baker said. "My
first flight's not even over and I already
like it."
Afterward, your association president was full of compliments for Sweeps
RV-10 and the thoughtful and meticulous
aviation professionals who restored it.
"It's responsive and handles beautifully in flight," he said. "The avionics,
interior, and paint are absolutely incredible. Makes me wish I could win it."
EMAIL dave.hirschman@aopa.org

Embraer Pulse Concept
It's a plane! It's a car! It's both!
BY THOMAS A. HORNE

EMBRAER'S PULSE CONCEPT somehow
reminds me of the dropship in the 1986
movie Aliens. The dropship lands vertically, a vehicle loaded with marines
and weapons drives out of it, and the
ship then does a vertical takeoff. But
the Pulse is no military design; it's an
elegant, joined-wing twin tiltrotor that
carries a roomy pod with plush seating for five or so passengers. Embraer's
engineering and design team came up
with the concept to demonstrate how
electric vertical takeoff and landing
(eVTOL) flying may well evolve in the
next 50 years.
Both the aircraft and its ground
vehicle operate autonomously. No
crew are necessary, except maybe a
ticket agent to usher passengers into
the glass pod. The pod offers near360-degree visibility thanks to its use
of transparent aluminum alloys and
has interactive panels that allow text
and other smartphone-like connectivity, and post flight information.
In flight, the Pulse's organic lines
give it the predatory vibe of a futuristic

hawk-like creature. Embraer says
those lines were inspired by the revolutionary impact of Buick's sleek 1938
"Y-Job" concept car, which forever
did away the era of running boards;
external, stand-up radiators; and openwheel fenders.
After the Pulse lands, the autonomous ground vehicle docks with
the pod and drives the passengers
away-pod and all-to their destinations without the need to ever leave
the pod. After the pod's delivery, the
Pulse does a vertical takeoff and peels
off to its next leg.
Yes, Embraer is developing its
EmbraerX eVTOL for use in the near
future. But after the initial wave of
eVTOL designs there's sure to be an
evolution to a phase encompassing
more capability. The Pulse Concept
could be one of them. In the meantime,
it lives on the drawing board.
executive.embraer.com/global/
en/pulse
EMAIL tom.horne@aopa.org

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