GAUI TG-609 from Michael Yang on Vimeo.

The civilian version of the Osprey V22 tilt rotor is the TG-609. Such a vertical take off, fixed wing flight platform has long been a UAV dream, but it's proven too tricky for RC modeling to date. Now Gaui seems to have cracked the code. After more than a year of development, mostly on working on the transition from heli mode to fixed wing mode, it appears ready to release the plane. The above video gives a sense of how it will fly; although it doesn't show full fixed wing mode yet, it's at least half-way there.

It's not for sale yet, but apparently Empire RC will be the distributor in the US. I'm not sure this is the ideal UAV platform, due to limited payload capacity and very sensitive CG. But if you want something with the launch flexibility of a heli and the duration and flight effeciency of a plane, maybe this is worth checking out.

Here's a bunch of pictures of the aircraft on the ground and in flight.

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Comment by Ahmed on December 23, 2009 at 3:59am
looks nice Chris, but no video of the transition phase during flight!

chech out this utube video

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 23, 2009 at 4:44am

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2009 at 8:49am
Gary, I think that's basically just a heli. The supposed advantage of Osprey design is that in forward flight the wing does most of the lifting, allowing for more efficient flight.
Comment by Paul Mather on December 23, 2009 at 11:07am
I've always liked GAUI and Ultrafly products (owned by the same guy). His company seems to know what they're doing when it comes to product design. Manufacturing and marketing seems to be their downfall. In the last 5 years they've been dropped by TowerHobbies, MRC and HobbyPeople. They had an outlet in China called and it's out of business. I suspect the same will happen to the GAUI brand soon.
Comment by Baphomet on December 24, 2009 at 4:25am
At least, we should have in the future a rc model of that cool Avatar aircrafts that humans drives in Pandora :)
Comment by Rana on December 27, 2009 at 11:24am
Comment by Rana on December 27, 2009 at 6:49pm
Comment by Jay Bryon on May 23, 2012 at 10:55am

Cool, but for a UAV with vtol/wing cruise platform, I'm going with the Quadshot.  But I'm more into the fun of flight than scale modeling anyway.  


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