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Assistance with Analyzing Design of Genesis Aircraft

Problem: Gevers Aircraft Company requested Wright Technology Network (WTN) assistance in determining if any Air Force Research Laboratory Air Vehicle Directorate (AFRL/VA) resources and expertise were available to augment their developmental activities, and in locating any potential military customers for the Genesis Aircraft. Additionally, the National Center for Industrial Competitiveness (NCIC) requested WTN to evaluate a loan application they had received from Gevers Aircraft Company which was to help fund development of the Genesis Aircraft concept.


Gevers Aircraft is a start-up firm. The Genesis Aircraft concept is a revolutionary design that provides greatly enhanced performance via a telescopic wing, improved safety through redundantly coupled engines and propellers, and wide utility through retractable triphibious (snow, water, hard surface) landing gear.

Solution: WTN arranged two all-day visits to AFRL/VA for Gevers Aircraft and meetings were held with AFRL/VA scientists. Gevers Aircraft compiled a prioritized listing of specific technical issues where it could benefit from having AFRL/VA provide some types of technical and/or testing assistance. WTN and AFRL/VA scientists followed-up on each of the identified issues.

WTN initiated inquiries to determine if there are potential military customers for the Genesis Aircraft concept. Some of those contacts include the Technology Planning & Integrated Product Team (TPIPT) for Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Air-Sea Rescue.

Benefits:

  • Gevers Aircraft Company's development efforts, related to the Genesis Aircraft, have benefitted from the technical information received via consultations with AFRL/VA experts.
  • Gevers Aircraft will continue to benefit from access gained to specialized tools and databases which are used to analyze various designs of Genesis Aircraft subsystems.
  • WTN supported applications submitted by Gevers Aircraft for three SBIR, Phase I grants from NASA to help fund further development activities related to Genesis subsystems.

Current Status:

  • Gevers Aircraft continues to pursue development of the Genesis concept, but prospects for a proof-of-concept aircraft depend entirely on the Company's ability to attract the capital funding and customer interest that is necessary.
  • This is an on-going effort by the Company.
  • AFRL/VA will continue to provide informal "consulting assistance". If a military application/use for the Genesis Aircraft is found, participation may become greater.
  • WTN continues to track the Air Force TPIPT for SOF and Rescue activities, in the event an opportunity arises to include Gevers Genesis in those planning cycles.
If you have any questions about this Technical Assistance Project or are interested in getting more information about Wright Technology Network and technology transfer, please contact Jim Singer (937) 253-0217 or crada@wtn.org.

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