Simplicity of Operation
Gevers Aircraft, Inc. * GENESIS *
Designed to be as simple as a single engine airplane to operate.
Control system design innovations in the Genesis aircraft make the pilot duties simple and straightforward even though the aircraft performs functions never before possible.
Wing Extension Control:
The wing extension is simpler than normal flap operation. There is a two position (Extend - Retract) switch that controls the wing position. There are no intermediate positions, although the ailerons are fully functional at any point during the wing extension. Fully extended, fully retracted, and intermediate positions are reported by instrument panel indicator lights. Both the flaps and the wing extensions have the same maximum extend speed limitations. Airspeed sensing limit switches prevent inadvertent extension at high speeds. The appropriate flap and wing extension airspeed range is marked on the airspeed indicator.
Landing Gear Position Control:
Although the landing gear has several configurations - dry land, snow, intermittent snow and dry land, water, and retracted, the control is simple. A single multi-position lever is used to select the desired configuration. The desired configuration must be selected each time the gear is extended. This eliminates the complexity of having separate selectors for extend/retract and configuration.
All configurations can be visually checked by the pilot by looking out the window over his shoulder. Additionally, there are the conventional position lights.
There is no maximum gear extend or retract speed so the gear can be used as speed brakes.
Engine and Propeller Controls:
The overrunning clutches and central power gearbox allow for great improvements in engine controls. The pilot no longer has to look inside the cockpit to synchronize engines during the critical takeoff period when he needs to be looking outside.
Power reductions during takeoff are made by first pulling both power levers back to a preset (but adjustable) stop. "Prop" levers are then likewise pulled back together to a stop. These power reductions can be done without referring to the manifold pressure gages and tachometers.
Main Gear Steering Control:
In a conventional aircraft, during crosswind conditions, the pilot has to make a dangerous last minute cross controlled maneuver immediately before touch down at or near stall speed. In high winds this maneuver requires considerable pilot skill.
In the same situation the Genesis pilot simply trims the center gear steering at some point during the landing approach, then lands in a level and coordinated condition. No cross controlled maneuvers are ever required. The rudder is used only for taxiing.
The control is a conventional electric trim switch similar to pitch and rudder trim, with a manual trim wheel for backup. There is a position indicator that shows the degree of center gear trim in effect which can be visually compared to the angle of crab of the aircraft during final approach.
The trimable center gear can also be used during takeoff. The position returns to center when the gear is retracted so it cannot be inadvertently left at the wrong angle for the next landing.
Greatly enhanced takeoff safety by not requiring the pilot to synchronize engines or take his visual attention from outside the aircraft.
Unparalleled improvement in safety during engine failure, requiring very little pilot attention or ability.
Elimination of the need for conventional crosswind landing technique.
Gear position can be verified visually
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