Quad Multi-Mission Aerial Platform
We are committed to drastically reduce climate-changing emissions in the aviation sector, by embracing emerging, hybrid-electric propulsion technologies to power our aircraft.
Autonomous Flight Systems Inc., is a Canadian research and development company, based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Our primary focus is on developing a large, heavy load capable, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, with a smooth transition to and from horizontal flight. We have now concluded comprehensive testing of our patent pending “Lift Share Upset Technology” (LSUT) and “Airflow Optimized Shared Lift” (AOSL) technologies, and successfully achieved our primary goal: VTOL operations with stable transition to and from horizontal flight.
Since the 1950’s industry, and governments, most notably the military, have been attempting to develop an aircraft capable of harnessing the combined benefits of VTOL capabilities of helicopters, and the superior lift and range capabilities of conventional aircraft, while eliminating their respective inherent limitations. The challenges involved in achieving this goal proved to be significant. Success eluded engineers for many years, until the V22 Osprey finally made its maiden flights in the 1990s. However, this success came at a great cost, not only in the financial terms, but also in lives lost. While intensive computer intervention helped with overcoming many of the flight control challenges, the inherent instability of this design configuration remains a significant concern for both the V22 Osprey, as well as its civilian cousin, the AW609.
From its incorporation in 1997, some 20 years ago, AFSI activities were mainly in the mechanical engineering design disciplines. Over the years, the company served its customers by developing projects and devising solutions for their product concepts. In 2002, AFSI became completely immersed in an aeronautical research, and aircraft development activities, with the objective of developing an unmanned aircraft capable of vertical takeoffs and landings with stable transitions to and from horizontal flight.
The QMAP Project
Clearly, as history demonstrates, there is a need for a safe and reliable aircraft, which combines vertical flight capabilities of a helicopter, and the inherent efficiency of fixed wing aircraft. While working on contracts in the aeronautical field, we recognized the trends towards unmanned aircraft. After several market studies, we concluded that a substantial market potential exists for a multi-mission, versatile aircraft, possessing the attributes of a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft. In 2008, we started the development work on the QMAP project, incorporating several emerging trends – including hybrid electrical propulsion.
Advantages of QMAP
Our quad multi-mission aerial platform project is a result of an extensive research into all past and current aircraft developments and technologies on record in this field. Early in the process, we recognized that the main challenge facing engineers was the stability in transitions; therefore, we concentrated our efforts on solving this challenge, and making it our chief priority. After several years of incremental successes, we have finally achieved our goal with our patent pending LSUT and AOSL technologies. Here are some of the main advantages:
- Stable transitions to and from horizontal flight
- Environment friendly hybrid electric propulsion
- Quieter operation due to electric hybrid propulsion
- Flexible and scalable design, ideal for a variety of applications
- Stable vertical operation
- Long range
- Optimized for efficient horizontal flight
- Heavy lift capabilities
The only currently operational contenders in the VTOL civilian markets are helicopters, which are relatively slow compared to fixed wing aircraft, and have limited lift and range. While not in civilian services, the current tilt-rotors aircraft are complicated, expensive to build and operate, and in their existing configuration they are inherently unstable in transitions. An unmanned, stable, long-range, VTOL aircraft would have significant advantages in several categories, and would present formidable disrupting forces in several industries currently served by helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Here are some examples:
- Search and rescue assistance
- Maritime patrol
- Forest fire fighting
- Farm crops maintenance
- Disaster relief
- Humanitarian missions
- Point-to-point cargo carrier
- Pipeline monitoring
- Powerline monitoring
- Numerous military applications
To expand on our successful tests to date, we are proposing to design and build a practical size proof of technology prototype aircraft, which will become our first revenue-stream product. To accomplish this goal, in this phase we will bring in third party suppliers, whose core competencies are in following technologies:
- Battery augmented generator hybrid electric propulsion
- Autonomous flight control system
- Remote flight intervention system
- Remote-control, long-range, flight operations
- Collision avoidance
To advance the commercialization of the project, we are seeking qualified investors/partners to fund the proposed next stage development. We will consider direct financial investments, or investment participation in-kind, on terms governed by the British Columbia Securities Act. Exit strategies may include, licensing agreements with an existing aircraft manufacturer, Initial Public Offering, technology licensing, sale of the technology, or a takeover.
AFSI is a British Columbia Corporation
Incorporation No: BC0550507
Incorporation Date: September 19, 1997
Name change from BC550507 to C3D Solutions Inc.: August 26, 2002
Name change from C3D Solutions Inc. to Autonomous Flight Systems Inc.: May 31, 2012
Business No: 87345 2734 RT0001
BC Sales Tax No: 1014-8233
Registered with CRA as a research and development company
Recipient of tax rebates under the SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development) program
TD Canada Trust
No debt financing arrangements
Officers/Directors: Edward Dolejsi, President
Capital Structure: Authorized shares 10,000
Type: Common voting shares without par value
Ownership: Edward Dolejsi 100%
Ed Dolejsi, President
+1 (778) 865-4509
4400 Ottawa Street, Hangar 5,
Delta, BC Canada V4K 0B4
Physical address only – no mail delivery.