Black Knight Multicopter Incredible First Flight Video
California company Advanced Tactics, Inc. released this official video of the first flight of it’s “flying truck,” dubbed the Black Knight Transformer.
The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with a modular payload system. The ground drive train can be detached from the flight system and replaced with an amphibious boat hull, cargo pod, or ISR pod.
The flight test was performed at a private location in Southern California and a remote backup pilot was present for safety. The stability and attitude of the aircraft was controlled entirely by the autopilot. The only commands from the remote backup pilot were to increase or decrease overall power. Outrigger landing gear was attached to the aircraft to prevent it from rolling over in case of any mishaps during testing. The aircraft completed multiple short hover flights. Although the aircraft is capable of hovering at thousands of feet above the ground, the altitude was limited to less than 10 feet above the ground for safety. The aircraft was stable, controllable, and performed as expected.
Please check out Advanced Tactics’ website for more information. They’re looking for investors as well as government customers, but the Black Knight Transformer is certainly an interesting project for hobbyists to watch as well: