More Speed, More Fun

For the ultra-rich, available hobbies are as limitless as their bank accounts. Designer Timon Sager envisions the future elite class shedding their riding boots and leaving the exotic car garaged for something even more exhilarating: a purely recreational private jet. The AvA 02 Serafim has a fighter jet aesthetic with a more customized look. Shown here in red, it’s a natural choice for adrenaline junkies.

In the cockpit: two tandem seats, flight controls including a liquid crystal display embedded into the glass, throttle/joystick combination, rear seat display, and bucket seats.

Power: 2 different jet-engines, one for VTOL and the other Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, Mach 3 – Mach 9.8

Designer: Timon Sager

15 Comments

  • Jason Wang says:

    The concept and design are amazing. Smart that the cockpit is comprised of the nose cone. That would be super aerodynamic too, with the loss of a extruding canopy. Not sure if the stealth aspects are necessary but they are a nice visual touch.
    I feel that if I ever bought one, the Gs would kill me before my own slow reaction time will XD

  • Now exactly where are you going to fly that thingy? Over the ocean, perhaps, where the sonic boom really doesn’t matter.

    Seriously, this thingy is both unstable and dangerous. There is a reason why jets look the way they do and that is called aerodynamics. It is the laws of aerodynamics and stability which dictate the looks of an airplane, not the artistic licence of the designer. Each and every airplane is always designed with pilot safety on mind and this thingy seems to lack both longitudinal stability and lift.

    Inverted V angle on wings means the machine is extremely unstable on longitudinal axis – it will roll easily. Likewise, there is nothing to speak about fins and rudders – it will yaw horribly. Where are the horizontal stabilizers? Elevons have their problems – especially at the intended speeds.

    The machine is tail heavy, indicating the lift center will be ahead the center of gravity. That makes it prone to flat spin, which is especially dangerous. Given to the overall looks, this machine feels really unstable and prone to spinning.

    And the cockpit! I would design it around an ejection seat – it is a must for pilot safety. I cannot see the pedals anywhere. How are you going to steer it? Pedals control the rudder – none can be seen. Any changes of direction will be awfully difficult.

    What looks cool doesn’t really work in real life. Especially in aviation where the laws of physics dictate the looks of the plane.

  • MDesigns says:

    Fix the aerodinamics and give me a remote control, and I will have a ball flying a scale version of it around my park. Love the graphics.

  • Peter Reid says:

    The years of dedicated training and simulator time required to capably fly at the speeds proposed without passing out, would not apeal to the sports car driving clientele being targeted. Additionally the lawsuits that would result when someone crashed their jet into a mountain would be enought to put any company out of buisness.

  • Great concept, I want one!

  • stephen russell says:

    Id fly this BIG Time, awesome, uses F22, & X Stealtrh plane systems.
    Awesome.
    R&D & Produce this.
    Test plane over So CA area, AZ, NV, NM, UT.
    Neat use for Iron Man or 007 movies alone.
    Must charter for Use.

  • There are two things more which have not been thought. They are the fuel consumption and friction of air on high speeds.

    Jet engines – especially ramjets – are fuel hogs. The reason is that they higher the altitude, the thinner the air and the smaller the partial pressure of oxygen. To gain the same power of the engine than on the sea level, you have to burn an awfully lot more fuel. To gain speeds like Mach 3 to 9.8 you basically need a flying jerrycan. That is also the reason why jet fighters have auxiliary fuel tanks – they consume a lot of fuel.

    On speeds higher than Mach 1 the friction of the air begins to be a restrictive factor. The friction of air simply put converts the kinetic energy of the airplane into heat. That is a real problem on airplanes with top speed of Mach 2.5 or more – aluminum can no more be used since the temperature will rise high enough to deform it. That was first recognized with Northrop XB-70 Valkyrie, which was constructed from titanium and boron instead of aluminum.

    And it was horribly expensive. It is claimed the Valkyrie cost the same as its weight in gold.

    With those speeds it is an extremely bad idea to make the cockpit thoroughly transparent. No material whatsoever can stand the heat without melting (acrylics) or deforming (glass). That is also the reason why really fast aircraft, like Y-12 Blackbird and X-15 have really small cockpit glazing.

    Not to say about bird strikes! At those speeds birds are like cannonballs. A bird strike will destroy the canopy and the pilot will be compelled to eject. Not nice.

    There is a reason why the jet fighters have really not become any faster since the late fifties, but they behave better. Fast – manouevrable – safe. Pick any two, but you cannot get the third.

  • LG says:

    You know that Fly-By-Wire technologies have allowed aerodynamics to advance beyond simple concepts of stability – how do you think aircraft like the “F-117″ Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, the B-2 “Spirit” Stealth Bomber, and many other exotic designs fly despite their unstable shapes? Most of the military combat aircraft designed today are designed to have negative stability in order for them to gain extra agility in advanced combat maneuvers, and then use computer-aided flight systems to stabilize the craft by taking charge of the fine aerodynamic adjustments necessary to do so.

    Computer-aided flight is so advanced in fact that in 1985 an F-117 lost a tail fin during flight tests and the pilot (Maj. John Beesley) never noticed until the chase plane told him, since the computer compensated for the loss of the tail immediately, allowing him to fly smoothly back to base. This was 20 years ago, imagine the advancements in computer-aided flight controls since then. If a plane that was unstable to fly to begin with lost a control surface yet continued to fly, then designs like those presented here would be nothing.

  • WM says:

    Nobody who has read anything about the Blackbird, which topped out in the Mach 3 range, can take this claim to build something that will go Mach 9. Even if the engine could push it that fast, it would melt before it got there.

    The Blackbird was engineered to manage huge fuel consumption (more than half the aircraft’s weight was fuel, since it burned something like 60 gallons per mile, my calculation) and huge heat generation (fuel was used as a coolant for the flight suit because it was the only cool mass on the aircraft that could absorb heat from the pilot), and it used special kerosene-like fuel that would not ignite without a chemical catalyst, because normal fuel near the surface of the aircraft would be in danger of explosion at speed.

    The Blackbird was a prime example of extreme engineering. They built the fastest airplane they could build without melting it. This pretty, red, designer’s wet-dream will never touch Mach 3 without becoming a fireball, assuming it doesn’t run out of fuel before it gets that fast. Though perhaps the pilot would back off on the throttle once the cockpit started roasting.

    All this assumes that the computer controls manage the stability problems getting up to that speed without disassembling the airframe. Inverted dihedral is a stupid idea. Looks cool. Flies badly.

    Then there’s the weight of carrying a VTOL engine that is only used for take-off and landing… and what do you do to seal off the intake and exhaust for that second engine during supersonic flight?

    The whole design is ridiculous. The designer clearly hasn’t talked to an engineer yet.

    But I’m sure it will make a very pretty model on the shelf.

  • lordchaos says:

    stop whining and just admire what it would eb like in your imagination

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