A good idea never comes alone, and pretty much the same philosophy is being followed on the other side of the Atlantic by Proxy Aviation, which announced, on 5 February 2007, that tests aimed at verifying the automatic takeoff
and landing capabilities of its own 'optionally piloted' aircraft, the Skywatcher, had been successfully completed on 13 December 2006.
The Eitan was meant for automatic takeoff
It fully charges in the docking base in about two minutes, then is launched with an automatic takeoff
system operated by a handheld joystick/ controller.
This aircraft will have an unusual or novel design feature associated with an Automatic Takeoff
Thrust Control System (ATTCS), which is not catered for under the applicable airworthiness regulations.
With its automatic takeoff
device and its conformity to the new EU standard rules of safety, the machine meets any modern and demanding high automated producers' needs.