The latest Wingcopter 178 is a robust, powerful and versatile hybrid drone made to save lives faster in emergency situations. We have designed the Wingcopter that can be vertically launched and landed anywhere; for example, from a boat, the back of a car or in urban areas. It also allows long flight times of up to 2 hours and longer ranges up to 100 km or dynamic high speed flights of up to 150 km/h.
Five years of research and development has been put into the Wingcopter 178. The result is a combination between a multicopter (UAV) and a wing aircraft (fixed wing). We developed a very efficient tilt-rotor mechanism that combines the benefits of both. This makes it possible to switch between multicopter mode and fixed wing mode within seconds and without a transition gap. Thanks to the new aerodynamic design and the innovative tilt-rotors, the Wingcopter 178 remains stable in the air even at high speeds and under various harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain or wind speeds of up to 50 km/h. The Wingcopter can easily be started and landed using a tablet, and offers autonomous intuitive control over long distances. Each model is produced in Germany in a one-off production using precise hand crafting and is made from high strength carbon fiber and glass fiber composites. We rely on more than 30 years of sailplane modeling experience (composite) and we place the highest value on the durability of our Wingcopter, combining lightweight aircraft design with robustness.
All these benefits make the Wingcopter the key tool for search and rescue (SAR) teams around the world to save lives faster and in a more efficient way. To show the feasibility of this idea we decided during the middle of this year to start our first search and rescue test project in the UAE with the focus on rescuing victims of car accidents.
During our first demonstrations and tests over the last three month we proved that the Wingcopter can start as promised vertically on a very small surrounding field of less than 3m x 3m; transform safely to an unmanned autonomous plane once up in the air; as well as fly over a long range until it reaches the scene of accident before any other rescue car or team has arrived. Upon arrival at the scene of accident the Wingcopter could transmit live footage directly into the control room. This demonstrates that it can increase exponentially the chances for rescue teams in making faster and more precise decisions even before heading with the whole team to the place of incidence.