Fancraft

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Fancraft are a simple class of aircraft that make use of a set of powerfully-rotating blades in order to create air lift and push the vehicle off of the ground. The most common type of fancraft are helicopters, though simpler and more aerodynamically unusual fancraft exist, including ones that resemble hovercrafts by having the propeller on the bottom of the vehicle.

NI-12 Fancraft

This particular model of fancraft was developed in Unknown Falls, Valle, and resembling a flying hovercraft with a pair of wings, was intended to be simple and relatively inexpensive. The first NI-12 was built from parts of an old car, several car batteries, large fans, and several pieces of scrap metal by a young inventor.

It is smaller than an average sedan, but has four passenger seats, including the driver seat. The first version had three fans; one built on the bottom of the vehicle and meant to lift the vehicle upwards, and one placed horizontally on each wing, meant to turn the vehicle.

The controls consisted of a steering yoke, which controlled the difference in power applied to the side fans to facilitate turning; a right pedal controlled with the right foot, which controlled the amount of power applied to the side fans for forwards horizontal acceleration; a middle pedal controlled with the right foot, which controlled the side fans for reverse horizontal acceleration; and a left pedal controlled with the left foot, which controlled the amount of power applied to the bottom fan for vertical acceleration.

NI-12 Mark II

Mark II had a computer system and a radio built in and accessible through a touch screen on the passenger side, and feedback was no longer mechanically connected between the controls and the actual parts themselves. The computer system provided automatic override, and enabled the vehicle to simply float stationary in the middle of the sky, allowing the driver to temporarily leave the controls unaccompanied, by using a global positioning system to determine elevation and stabilize the vehicle in the air. The GPS also provided a map and an odometer.

A windshield was also added to the front of the vehicle, although the top of the vehicle itself remained exposed.

NI-12 Mark III

Mark III added a couple more fans to the wings, oriented vertically to allow for roll turning. This was controlled through the yoke.