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the skycat the skycat is a revolutionary new air transportation vehicle with unique capabilities ideally suited to a broad range of functions in all areas of the world ­ from tourism to disaster relief from border surveillance to the bulk transport of produce from remote areas by combining the advantages of lighter-than-air lift derived from helium as an airship and aerodynamic lift derived from its hull shape as an aircraft the skycat creates a vehicle of exceptional versatility payload and endurance the unique hover-cushion landing system deployed on landing and retracted in flight enables the skycat to land and take off from virtually any unprepared surface ­ land or water desert or snow by reversing the hover-cushion engines on land the vehicle is able to suck down and remain stationary eliminating the need for ground crews or handling equipment and providing a full roll-on roll-off capability exceptionally safe in flight and low in both operating cost and maintenance no

basic data like all lighter-than-air vehicles the payload capability of the skycat increases exponentially with size unlike airships however its aerodynamically-derived lift enables the skycat to gain significantly further from the benefits of scale light/heavy range while conventional airships are limited to operating in a narrow band between approx 5 light and 8 heavy the skycat can operate between 8 light and 40 heavy thereby greatly increasing its payload capability while eliminating the need for taking on ballast on discharging its load landing and takeoff distances in stol mode the skycat can land and take off in five hull lengths while in vtol mode by virtue of vectored thrust engines the vehicles are literally able to set down and lift off in their own length hull pressure the hull is a pressurestabilised non-rigid structure operating at 1 2 pressure above ambient with the shape maintained by ballonets air bags which automatically deflate and inflate to compensate for changes

skykitten to demonstrate the new technology a fully working model at one-sixth linear scale has been built at atg s manufacturing facility at cardington uk the historic home of the british airship industry on 23rd july 2000 this craft made its first flight a new aircraft type was born this vehicle dubbed the skykitten proved the key features of the new technology aerodynamically highly stable with low drag and full stol/vtol capability the skykitten demonstrated its ability to take off and land equally on land and water to manoeuvre with total control and autonomy and to anchor itself in suckdown mode without need of any ground personnel or equipment the first skycat-20 is currently under construction and is scheduled for first flight in 2nd-quarter 2002 and full certification by end-2002 production work on the skycat-220 has already begun with the first vehicle in this range due to be available in mid-2003 initial design work on the skycat-1000 is under way with production

skylift emergency relief the skycat provides the ideal vehicle for emergency operations disaster relief and humanitarian aid with only minor interior modifications the same vehicle can be deployed interchangeably in the full range of relief missions from combatting natural disasters to the control of bush and forest wildfires direct into disaster area with its ability to land on unprepared terrain water included the skycat can land directly in the affected zone in any natural disaster whether caused by flood or famine earthquake or hurricane direct to those in need food medicine shelter and equipment can be taken directly to those in need where they need it without loss through damage or pilfering and preventing the victims from leaving their land in search of food and help low cost the skycat-20 can do the job of eight mi8 helicopters at 10 of the effective cost for regular supply operations it out-performs aircraft such as the twin otter and the buffalo by a factor of 3 to 4 the

skycruise luxury tourism with its spacious cabin gentle cruising speed and autonomous all-terrain operation the skycruiser offers a uniquely attractive tourist vehicle in particular eco-tourism the vehicle s low fuel burn and independence of any need for invasive ground infrastructure makes the skycruiser ideally suited to eco-tourism a fast-growing market with strong foreign currency benefits and to operations deep into environmentally-sensitive areas capacity the skycat-20 can carry up to 120 passengers in economy-class seating or 70 passengers in spacious first-class accommodation low cost direct operating costs of less than $1,000/hr equate to $10 per economy-class passenger per hour or some $0.07 per passenger/km even on an all-in cost basis the skycruiser could be operated at a profit by charging passengers $35 per hour or $0.26 per km ­ clearly well below the premium levels that could be charged the experience touring in a skycruiser would be more than merely a means of

skyferry passenger car transport with spacious all-1st-class seating the skycat-220 could carry 420 passengers on the lower deck and 42 cars on the upper deck key points include fast loading unloading ramps at each end provide rapid roll-on roll-off operation for cars point-to-point service potentially replaces existing sea ferry services by virtue of ability to operate point-to-point ­ e.g from the new athens airport direct to the aegean islands as well as the many current ferry routes or even on overland routes in countries with poor road infrastructure low cost allowing for increased turn-round time for loading securing and unloading vehicles and assuming optimum all-1st-class seating with 80 load factor a profitable operation could be run at a price tariff of $15 per 100km per pedestrian passenger and $25 per 100km per car passenger car included sample routes assuming 20 f and 80 y class for a ferry service and allowing first class passengers to take their cars at 3 pax per

skyscreen advertising with its unique payload capacity the skycat-20 can be fitted with large display screens and offer a revolutionary new high-impact approach to the traditional role of airships in outdoor advertising as a truly unique massive flying billboard screens the skyscreen will carry two stateof-the-art led display screens each 85ft x 45ft these screens will be capable of full motion pictures visible both day and night at brightness levels well in excess of sports stadia motorway standards corporate hospitality the spacious cabin is capable of carrying 40-50 passengers or corporate guests in conditions of great comfort and luxury ­ e.g with a piano sky-bar observation gallery etc visual impact longer than a boeing 747 and over 5 times the volume of the goodyear blimp the skyscreen flying at 1,000 ft over a city or a sports event will create an unprecedented visual impact and generate commensurate advertising and public relations punch flexibility able to land and

skyline pipeline transport able to operate fully autonomously in the remotest regions of the world the megalift skycat-1000 offers a uniquely cost-effective and flexible heavy equipment transporter for the oil and gas industry and specifically for the delivery of pipeline direct to trench site large payload module with a payload module of 400ft 123m in length the 160ft lengths of pipeline produced at the factory need not be cut for transport and welded back together on site indeed two lengths could be welded at source and carried as a single 320-ft section a total of 12 such lengths could be carried by the skyline vehicle in a single trip equivalent to 1.2km of pipeline stacking and unloading the 320-ft lengths would be stacked in 2 tiers thereby greatly facilitating loading and unloading the skycat could even unload the pipeline directly alongside the trench by taxying on its hover-cushions and discharging the pipe behind it by means of a system of ramp rollers this would offer

comparative costs the following suggests comparative costs for the skycat-20 and skycat-220 against aircraft of comparable size or payload figures indicative only costs per hour based on typical short-term charter price skycat-20 mi8 helicopter twin otter shorts 360 buffalo c-130 skycat-20 payload tons cost per hour per ton/hr 2.5 3.0 4.0 7.5 18.0 20.0 3,750 825 950 2,350 3,950 3,850 1,500 275 238 313 219 192 skycat-220 il-76 boeing 747-200 post-1990 boeing 747-400 antonov 124 skycat-220 payload 43.0 95.0 110.0 120.0 220.0 3,900 7,450 9,300 6,750 6,350 91 78 85 56 29

finance options world skycat ltd is able to offer skycat air vehicles under a range of financial options to suit the user s requirements the main options are · wet lease full acmi turnkey service to include provision of the skycat vehicle insurance maintenance crewing fuelling and ground support lease contract for agreed period with option to renew at a fixed monthly charge for a minimum annual utilisation additional flight hours charged at cost plus a handling fee · dry lease user leases vehicle for an agreed period user fully operates vehicle including providing insurance maintenance and crewing · purchase user purchases the vehicle direct through world skycat ltd against the standard purchase contract payment either by stage payments during construction or on extended credit terms which world skycat ltd can offer user can either operate the vehicle themselves or contract with world skycat ltd to operate on their behalf as below · operating contract world skycat ltd is

appendix skycat-20 carpet plots the following charts relate range vs payload and altitude vs range for the skycat-20 to provide base operating data for any mission scenario