Tier 1 Engineering has completed a five-minute cruise flight in a modified Robinson R44 test at Los Alamitos Army Airfield, the company said.
The company said the flight reached an altitude of 400 feet with a peak speed of 80 knots and was test piloted by Captain Ric Webb of OC Helicopters.
All flights were accomplished under a special airworthiness certificate in the experimental category issued by FAA´s Los Angeles MIDO. Tier 1 Engineering accomplished the project under contract from Lung Biotechnology PBC to produce an electrically-powered semi-autonomous rotorcraft for organ delivery (EPSAROD).
Lung Biotechnology PBC intends to apply the EPSAROD technology to distributing manufactured organs for transplantation to major hospitals with much less noise and carbon footprint than current technology.
Tier 1 Engineering is an aircraft design and development company with operations in Costa Mesa, California and Victoria, Australia.