A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft when mass produced will make the automobile obsolete with zero pollution,energy costs and elimination of traffic jams.
Stan Sanders
roseville, California
United States
1 Team Member

Verticraft LLC

The Verticraft is the ultimate transportation vehicle of the future

Location Marco Island, FL, United States

Industry Other

Sub-Industry transportation

Stage Product In Development

Employees 1

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Company Summary

The Verticraft ( US patent 8,505,846) is a VTOL ( vertical takeoff and landing)  aircraft that makes all previous designs obsolete. It can be scaled from small package delivery drones to full sized manned aircraft using hybrid electric motors and or natural gas engines. Mass produced it would make cars obsolete eliminating all air pollution and energy problems as well as global gridlock of ground travel caused by  population growth.



Stanley Gordon Sanders II

Aircraft designer currently working as a partner with the Gerogia Tech
Aerospace Design Laboratory on my VTOL aircraft (patent 8505846)

Education- B.S, Chemical Engineering

Military- US Navy F-4 fighter pilot 1968-1972 Vietnam Era
CIVILIAN American Airlines B-777 International Captain July 1973- Aug 2005

team member

Daniel Schrage


B.S., General Engineering , 1967, USMA, West Point, NY
M.S., Aerospace Engineering , 1974, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.A., Business Administration , 1975, Webster U. (St. Louis, MO)
D.Sc., Mechanical Engr., 1978, Washington U. (St. Louis, MO)
Dr. Schrage has extensive expertise in the design and development of complex systems.

President of ASDL

Dan Schrage

Dr. Schrage became a professor of Aerospace Engineering and Rotorcraft Design Professor at Georgia Tech in 1984 and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Rotorcraft Technology (CERT) in 1986. Dr. Schrage initiated the School of AE graduate program in Aerospace Systems Design in the early 1990s and started the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) in 1992. In 1997 Dr. Schrage became the Director of the Center for Aerospace Systems Engin

Chief Technical Officer of GST

J Eric Corban

Guided Systems provides turnkey fully autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) using its patented adaptive neural network technologies. Focusing primarily on complex VTOL aircraft, such as helicopters, ducted fans, tail-sitters, tilt rotors, and coaxials, Guided Systems has proven its unique adaptive control methods on UAVs since 1993.


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Name stanley g sanders II


Phone 239-248-0747

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Address Marco Island, FL, United States

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Customer problem

Eventual global gridlock of cars and trucks which kill 1.2 million people worldwide each year, and injure about forty times this number. The hugh costs involved in having to build and repair roads and bridges would be eliminated. The Verticraft allows very high speed at minimum cost with maximum safety that is not possible with current vehicles. The Verticraft eliminates our dependence on foreign energy
while minimizing air pollution.

The average travel time by Verticraft is about 8 minutes per day versus 55 minutes by car to travel the average 31 miles.  The 4 minutes of  air or electricity consumed would be recharged by nearly invisible translucent wind turbines and solar panels at the destination.  At home the Verticraft would land on top of the garage roof which would descend on a counter balance weight system to the floor of the garage.  The heat generated to compress the air can be used for the home or business hot water heater.
  Initially the Verticraft makes all subsonic aircraft obsolete and eventually if mass produced, will make ground transportation obsolete except for the mass transportation system which it will complement.  The Verticraft transportation system would be similar to the FAA’s NextGen air traffic system. To maximize safety, the autopilot would fly the Verticraft to the desired destination address entered into the FMC (flight management computer) which calculates the optimum trajectory (flight path) for the trip. The data is sent to the air traffic computer system which determines if a conflict exists with any other aircraft. If a conflict is determined it will generate an alternate trajectory for the trip. The Verticraft will be equipped with a TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) that is currently used by many aircraft. The TCAS system would also be used to avoid emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police and fire vehicles in the air.
The public has been flying on aircraft making automatic landings for more than 20 years. The FAA requires that aircraft make automated landings when the weather is at the lowest possible visibility allowed for landings. No aircraft accidents or fatalities have ever been attributed to automated aircraft landing in the history of aviation. The recent Asian airlines accident at SFO would have been prevented if the aircraft had made an automated landing.
 The Verticraft can also have a ballistic recovery parachute system for emergency landing if desired. The Verticraft will have a medical emergency button that will take the vehicle to the nearest hospital at 360 mph or 6 miles per minute in case for example one thinks they are having a heart attack and needs immediate medical attention. This would drastically reduce the emergency medical response time which would normally require a 911 call for a ground ambulance to drive to you and then to the hospital.

  For example, say 60 people go to a supermarket. Each person is given a nonintersecting flight path separated horizontally and vertically to the entrance of the parking lot and is assigned an empty spot to taxi to after landing at the entrance.  Under the current system the 60 people travel on conflicted paths called roads at the same altitude therefore maximizing the possibility of collision.
The peak rush hour traffic in Sacramento, Ca. is about 15,800 vehicles per hour.  With a
500 ft vertical, lateral, and horizontal separation in the average 16 mile area 384,000 Verticraft per hour can be flown using only the altitudes up to 10,000 ft. The ground traffic has zero vertical separation and average 2 ft lateral separation with minimal horizontal separation.
The Verticraft has a synthetic vision flight display that shows the landing area in a day time clear weather view regardless of the actual conditions such as heavy rain or fog. The position of all surrounding traffic is shown on the moving map display as well as weather conditions.  The Verticraft would greatly enhance the capabilities of ambulance, police and fire vehicles. The current ground transportation system has no ability to prevent ground collisions which kill an incredible number of people per year worldwide.  The Verticraft has an autopilot that will allow for totally automated flight including takeoff and landing which is not possible in the current ground transportation system. Motivation rests largely with the number of accidents that happen on US roads alone each year - six million accidents that cost consumers $160 billion and kill more people between the ages of four and 34 than anything else. Considering the overwhelming majority of those accidents are caused by human error, automation is the key even in automobiles.
The automated flight system is equivalent to a ground transportation system where each vehicle has its own separate road to its destination assuring zero probability of collision.  Travel by Verticraft eliminates the needs for roads, bridges, destruction of the environment, foreign energy sources and eliminates the air pollution and possibly the global warming caused by the current transportation system. The Verticraft would eliminate the twenty five percent of the total energy of the nation that automobiles and trucks consume.  The Verticraft would minimize the effects of natural disasters such as the storm that hit the Northeast USA by allowing rapid transportation to and from the area without the need of roads or bridges or fuel sources or electricity. It would allow the electrical grid system to be at ground level to eliminate the weather related shutdowns of the current elevated systems. The railway system would be enhanced with the elimination of the current roadway system.
The obvious elimination of rush hour traffic is a major advantage of the Verticraft transportation system. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2008 "Report to Congress on the Conditions and Performance of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit,"—the most recent report— all levels of government should currently be investing $182 billion per year in highway improvements just to maintain current physical and performance conditions on the nation's highways and bridges. This would grow to $200 billion by 2015 if highway construction costs grow at the same rate as the overall inflation rate.  It is reported that in 1995 alone, the U.S. spent $95 billion on road building. Reducing the cost of road-building is a societal benefit that could enormously reduce the use of and dependency on fossil fuels. In 2004, NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell cited Arthur Clarke’s 1984 quote that “The roads to support Autos cost as much as a small War and the casualties are on the same scale” as a reason to support future personal air travel. In that same presentation, he pointed to William Seifert’s 1968 prediction that “Any form of transportation that offers the lowest door-to-door travel time will always drive out lower speed competing modes unless the economics of the higher speed system are grossly unfavorable”. Road repair in the U.S. costs about $28,000 per vehicle.
The UAV ( unmanned aerial vehicle) version for the U.S. military would save billions in runway construction costs worldwide and eliminate the need for military bases outside the USA .
The Verticraft would be the ultimate border control vehicle greatly reducing drug/ arms and human traffic across our borders. The UAV's can operate from aircraft carriers and any ship with a helipad.  92% of the world's consumer products are moved by ships and those ships could be protected from pirates by Verticraft gunships launched from the ship's helipads.
 Many more jobs in the transportation industry would be created as the Verticraft begins to replace the current aircraft and ground transportation vehicles. Mass transit in high density cities would be greatly enhanced by the elimination of autos and trucks and their associated traffic jams as well as the related infrastructure of traffic lights, etc.

 AAA has released its 62nd annual "Your Driving Costs" study, which shows a 1.9-percent year-over-year increase in the cost of auto ownership. That's an average of $8,946 per year per car, with costs including monthly payment, fuel, maintenance and insurance. The average family has two vehicles and the Verticraft can be mass produced for that same cost.
The two passenger electric Verticraft can be mass produced for the same cost as an automobile.
 A cost many would be willing to pay to never again waste their life away in traffic jams.
 “As this process proceeds to lower prices that enable high volume production, NASA’s Chief Scientist has forecast that this can become “a potential Trillion Dollar Market”. Accordingly, GQ V/ESTOL aircraft could revitalize aviation, transform our transportation system, grow thousands of new jobs and bring many other societal benefits as described below.
Experts predict that ground travel delays due to surface gridlock will get substantially worse in the next 20 years. Door-to-door trip speeds in the Los Angeles Basin, for example, are predicted to be just 22 mph in the next 10 years.1 Tom Vanderbilt, in “Traffic”, page 15, points out that “We (Americans) spend more on driving than on food or health care. There are more cars than citizens.” He goes on to point out that “The average American, 2005, spent 38 hours annually stuck in traffic.” Daniel Sperling, 18 Director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis, states in his book “Two Billion Cars”9: “Virtually all attempts to get Americans out of their cars have failed.” Due to the runway length requirements and noise footprint of today’s GA and air carrier aircraft, large CTOL and metro airports are usually relegated to locations tens of miles outside town centers. This sentences most of today’s air travelers to suffer the increasing delays of gridlocked commuter highways to reach their destinations. Our interdependencies and continuing population growth make the trend to gridlock appear inexorable. Even when and if all cars become electric vehicles, the gridlock will remain. The growth in surface vehicles and VMT prominently outstrips the growth in population. The rate of increase in the number of cars is likely to continue to outpace the capacity growth of our highways, whose average cost is $20M per mile.”
According to the National Research Council of National Academies
"The quality of life for Americans in the 21st century will depend in part on
whether the nation’s critical infrastructure systems can meet such expectations. At the
same time, other national challenges that will affect quality of life include, but are not
limited to, the following:
• Remaining economically competitive with the European Union, China, India,
and other economic powers;
• Reducing U.S. dependence on imported oil;
• Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions linked to global climate change;
• Protecting the environment and conserving increasingly scarce natural
resources, including potable water; and
• Developing the capacity to withstand and recover quickly from natural and
human-made disasters.
An important first step in creating a new paradigm is to bring together those who
have an essential stake in meeting 21st century imperatives and who are already involved
in sustainable infrastructure efforts. They include infrastructure owners, designers,
engineers, financiers, regulators, and policy makers, as well as ecologists, community
activists, scientists, and researchers. Working within the framework, experts in such areas
could begin to identify a full range of new approaches, technologies, and materials for
providing the services of mobility, connectivity, water, wastewater, and power to meet
multiple objectives. They could also identify new approaches to decision making,
finance, operations and processes related to infrastructure. The results of such a gathering
could serve to initiate a longer-term, collaborative effort to develop a vision, concepts,
and objectives for the nation’s critical infrastructure systems and then to identify the
policies, practices, and resources required to implement the vision. The results could be
critical infrastructure systems that are physically, economically, socially, and
environmentally sustainable for the next 50 years."
The Verticraft computer model developed at the Georgia Tech Aerospace Design Laboratory will simulate the actual flight capabilities so accurately that the flight of the real prototype will be exactly like the simulator, just as the airline simulators exactly duplicate the flight chracteristics of airline aircraft. The flight simulators are so accurate that airline pilots do all of their FAA approved flight training in the simulator and immediately fly passengers in the real aircraft without ever having previously flown the real aircraft.
An informal survey shows that the majority of people would alter their combined housing and vehicle costs to be able to purchase the Verticraft and still maintain desirable housing conditions in an area that was previously too far from work to be practical due to commuting distances. The vast majority of people have no idea how much fun it would be to fly to an isolated fishing lake in the mountains or a deserted island for a picnic or camping. The possibilities of exploring the planet are infinite.
Stan Sanders
VERTICRAFT LLC -  Project Management with commercial and military flight test experience, former U.S. Navy carrier fighter pilot and American Airlines pilot.
 BS Chemical Engineering
  phone 239-248-0747  email –  partners with Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering

   Affordable System Designs, LLC (ASD) – Preliminary Design and Analysis of a
   variety   of complex VTOL Aircraft Concepts through direct access to the Georgia    Tech Center of Excellence in Rotorcraft Technology (CERT) and Aerospace    Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL). Examples of supported programs: Carter Aviation Technologies (CAT) Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C); DARPA    Heliplane Program. Developed the Verticraft computer simulation model in the X-Plane flight simulation program for demonstration of the performance capabilities of the Verticraft.  proposed mass transit partner to complete the total transportation solution.


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