AMV-211 VTOL Aircraft

Posted By on May 10, 2005

AMV Aircraft

Next month I’ll have a chance to personally check out the AMV Aircraft. (well not ‘be’ checked out. 🙂 ) Actually it has been seen as the personal aircraft of the future by some and just another prototype design by others. No matter … I like it.

AMV Aircraft Vertical Takeoff

What is unique is that this small two place personal VTOL aircraft offer the vertical takeoff and landing with the cruising speed of a fixed wing airplane. Designers have been working on this kind of plane for decades; we have yet to see many in current use.

AMV Aircraft Horizonal Cruise

The current AMV-211 Experimental Aircraft uses a Mazda turbocharged rotary engine to power its 5 bladed graphite/kevlar 94″ internal prop that powers the 1240 pounds empty weight plane. It has a cruise speed of 250 mph and a range of 1000 miles on 50 gallons of fuel. The 3000 ft/min designed climb rate could be exceptional for short fields or for the potential 40 foot by 40 foot runway. 🙂 Its two place design is only about 20 feet long by 20 feet wide. Will stabilty be a problem?

What makes this particular design unique is that it uses ducting rather than a ’tilting’ mechanism to change the airflow. By eliminating one of the main elements that have plagued previous VTOL aircraft, the AMV-211 can go from providing lift to providing forward thrust without swiveling the engine.

The VTOL aircraft designer, Attila Melkuti, has solved the problem by having the whole aircraft transisition or turn instead. He does this by using a propulsion system called a ducted fan. This is a propeller with five blades that is encircled by a band made of a light, composite material. That makes the aircraft both safer (because there are no stray propeller blades around) and quieter (because the sound is deadened by the encircling band).

Four Thumbnail AMV Aircraft

What is novel about Mr Melkuti’s design, is that the aircraft’s wings are placed at an angle to the fan. The wings and the fuselage itself also provides aerodynamic lift offering improved ‘airplane’ flight characteristics including power off emergency landings. The craft takes off with the fan perfectly horizontal, blowing straight down. As the craft then rotates, the wings start providing lift, and the fan starts blowing towards the back. To land, you simply reverse the process.

This aircraft is still in the preliminary stages of testing although has received the FAA airworthiness certificate. Most critics question the stability of the the VTOL design and although it has not been fully tested after some engine cooling redesign, Mr. Melkuti believes that stabilty will be easily controlled through the ducting. We shall see.

2005 Photo of AMV-211

Katelyn, “a future Astronaut” 😉 and I will be heading to Chicago in June to personally talk to the designer and learn about the company and design. (who knows where my daughter will “land” someday?) I’ll keep you posted and hopefully bring back some photos. Stay tuned.


  • Alan Bradbury

    That truly is awesome! How did he build it?

  • Mike Casbon

    This is a very creative approach. I was wondering how he will control yah and pitch while hovering.

  • Kyle Smallegan

    I represent AMV aircraft, and I like to see that you have an interest in our airplane. I am at this time heading up the search for investors. If you have any questions or are interested in investing. Please contact me at

  • i want to say to you that i also want to make an air carft if u can halp me so please send me bake mail on my id thanks

  • anupa

    great to see flying pics

  • tohid

    your website very beautifull and usefull
    i need information for desing and make AMV AIRCRAFT.
    please send that information to my email
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    very thank you

  • Shawn Smith

    dude this plane is the future, good job on the design, i got some ideas that you will like but i need to trust you before we make a deal. this “aircraft” that i am talking about WILL change the world. you can contact me if you wish but i only check my e-mail every other week. so if you are interested in talking about this “aircraft”call me 678-0000, the world easiest number to remember.

  • Jonathan Ausmus

    That airplane is awesome. It is a whole other class in aviation. Where do I get one? And how much? Please e-mail me

  • Wes

    I’m 29 and a car enthusiest. I also was planning on making a small personal craft, because I can weld, and fiberglass. Got plenty of land to land. Was also thinking of using a Mazda RX7 turbo rotery engine.
    Well, I just don’t see how we’ll be flying around like the jetsons with the problems the gov has today. I still don’t think they know how they would regulate things. Considering they want to enforce everything. Sounds good though. No traffic jams, and same gas milage. Would be nice if they were around $30,000. new, considering there’s more science behind the product than parts.
    Let me know if it goes into production!

  • Wes,

    Thanks for the comment and know you are familiar with the many hurdles facing general aviation and homebuilders of aircraft today. Eventually we’ll see experimental vtol crafts that offer the safety of today’s airplanes, but believe we are a little bit farther from the personal craft that will cost $30 and park in one’s garage. Thanks for commenting.

  • Hey guys looks like some new innovators have been busy. Im glad that some one is out there trying new things. I’m impressed, but does she fly that would be truly amazing. If your interested in new aircraft concepts check out my group web site. Its not much to look at now but soon there will be more.

  • I’ve been trying to model this plane for the X-Plane flight simulator. I posted a video of my work on YouTube, which I thought you or your readers might be interested in. It shows some extensive flying, and there’s a narrated track, explaining the process of creating the plane, the “hacks” necessary to make it stable in flight, etc.

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  • Dan,
    Thanks for the post and your YouTube clip is excellent. I’m not going to have to get messing around with X-Plane! Great job with this model … now to twist your arm and get you to work on a Sonex model.

  • jj

    gjb how did you do it?

  • mike

    Doe’s it auto rotate down…?

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