The Record Time Project
Rainer Farrag was asked by one of the journalists, who admires what Trixy Aviation has achieved in the first 3 years of its existence: “I am wondering what Trixy is going to surprise us with next year”. This was right before Christmas 2013 and Rainer’s answer was: “It would not be a surprise, if I would revile the secret now”. The next question was: “What about your idea of the flying motorcycle and the docking system? We know that the patent was granted in the USA and pending in other countries. You have announced that you are aiming to obtain type certificates for the system by the end of 2015”. Rainer: “We will start working on it once we finish the development of TrixEye (the gyrocopter of professionals), and the end of 2015 is still my target to present TrixFormer”. Rainer then started explaining that it is not only about a flying motorcycle and that he is shaping the future of personal transportation. The journalist was impressed by the idea and said that he cannot wait to see this happening. The journalist made a compliment saying that he would not believe it, if someone else was telling him about the intention of developing such a complex system. The journalist asked, if any investors or sponsors were supporting the project and Rainer only said “negative”. The journalist was disappointed and mentioned that he now has doubt that Trixy Aviation would be able to even get this project to a proof of concept. Not by the end of 2015 and not 10 years later.
Rainer Farrag felt that this was a challenge and decided to start working on it. Well, there were ideas and thoughts since many years, but there were no construction drawings or even a written concept available at the end of 2013. Rainer called his engineers and 2 other experts for a meeting after the holidays. On January 14, 2014 the meeting was set up at Aviation Farrag (a subsidiary of Trixy Aviation) in Slovenia and no one knew the reason for the meeting. He had only mentioned that the meeting was about a new project.
All were surprised when they found out that Rainer is now seriously talking about this specific project. They all new about the idea but the all nearly fell off their chairs as Rainer suggested going to the AERO 2014, starting on April 9th in Friedrichshafen with a flying prototype. After 2 hours of talking, they all agreed that they are going to do the very best they can to make this happen. Many questions were left to be answered later, but the main concept was established, the decision was made, the team was formed and the clock started ticking.
Many proven developments were to be applied in the prototypes planned for the proof of concept and many new ideas were to be designed, manufactured and tested. LZ-Design had developed a great electric driven sustainer system for glider planes in Slovenia. It was worth it to adapt this electric drive to power TrixCycle, which in fact is the heart of the TrixFormer concept. LZ-Design agreed to sponsor the project delivering the first electrical drive free of charge. Kanardia had spent a great deal of time and money developing a special glass cockpit for Trixy Aviation gyrocopters with the intention of creating the perfect instrumentation for both applications on the ground and in the air. It was already in an advanced stage, but not completely ready yet. Also Kanardia offered the first system including all the development work associated with it free of charge.
Rainer Farrag started designing the concept of an open TrixFormer version and the great team of engineers jumped right away to work on all the details, sizing all parts and every little screw needed, calculating all the loads to be considered and producing manufacturing drawings including all tolerances allowed.
Trixy Aviation informed its suppliers and business partners about the new project and it was a great pleasure to get a positive reaction. Beringer Aero sponsored the project with a set of main wheels and brakes, Planet Gyro sent a rotor free of charge and LAD Aero also showed a good team spirit. Neuform Propeller had already spent a lot to develop a new pusher for Trixy Aviation to fit the 130 HP output of the newly developed engine (Trixy 912 Ti). A propeller system was sent right away free of charge to support the revolutionary idea and the TrixFormer project. The Slovenian sheet metal company Ko-Lovec went out of its way giving the project all priorities in manufacturing the needed parts.
Everything was progressing in high speed as Mother Nature decided to show muscles. Slovenia was hit by one of major catastrophes in its recent history. A sever ice storm destroyed the electric power supply lines and nearly 15 % of the forest acres. With no electric power, no heating and no water for more than a week, life was put on hold, including the TrixFormer project.
As if this was not enough, half of the team got seriously ill. Rainer Farrag got pneumonia and many team members caught a bad cold or the flu. It all seemed to be working against the plan and the very tight schedule, but the team didn’t give up and the wheel started rolling again.
The application for the type certificate was submitted and the responsible authority in Germany (DAeC) gave the TrixFormer project all priorities. Mr. Horst Schilling (the official examiner) also went out of his way to make time available for the load tests required.
Two stainless steel frames and tailored fixtures were ready for the load tests on March 1st, 2014 and the examiner was also perfectly on time. The frame construction passed the load test with no problem and Mr. Schilling’s comment was: “This is not an aircraft. It is a battle tank”.
Having passed all the required load tests, the team continued building the prototype under the observation of Mr. Horst Schilling, who didn’t want to miss a part of the fast progressing work.
In the meantime the engineers and administration members of the team continued working on 100s of details and on collecting all the needed data for the necessary documentation of the project.
The prototypes were nearly completed and it was time to apply for a temporary type certificate to start flying. With no attention paid to cosmetics and no paint the prototype rolled out on March 14th, 2014 for ground tests. Small adjustments were needed as expected, but no major problems.
The international press was already invited to witness the maiden flight on April 2nd and the proof of concept is to be shown to the public at the AERO in Friedrichshafen / Germany (April 9th to April 12th, 2014) with a pre-show for the media on April 8th. A press conference was also planned at the show in Friedrichshafen on April 9th. With no time for error, the team gladly worked 2 shifts, 7 days a week to be on target.