No doubt about it. It's a very impressive little aircraft. BUT, what is needed to open up a larger market is an impressive little aircraft with enough self piloting ability to keep reckless amateurs from crashing it. The more affordable an aircraft is, the more likely it will end up in the hands of less skilled pilots and if it falls in the microlight classification, they need even less experience to get a license to fly it. If radio controlled drones exist that can fly themselves and even find their way back to the operator if they lose signal, someone ought be able to make a system that compensates for stupid moves by the pilot and keeps the plane out of dangerous situations.
Neat airplane. It reminds me of the BD-5 from from the early 1970s. I hope it's more successful. What's the price for an example ready to take off?
unless i can land it in my yard and it costs less thann my car....i have no use for it
Put a BRS in it and I'm sold.
I gotta loose weight, my 385 plus my gals 210 makes it to 595 which is the total take off weight so we don't have room for luggage ):
What sort of cost could be expected? "Low cost" is vague. Is this intended to get new people inducted into the flying club? With a lot of carbon fiber I expect it would actually be expensive. What would the expected use for such a aircraft be? A single seat craft for 300 miles might make for a capable commuter vehicle if you have sufficient back-yard space. I like the design of the craft. Canards are often very helpful in making it safer. The pusher prop would help with visibility and possibly noise. I think the name of the craft is misleading. The "e" often implies electrical. Sometimes maybe efficient. A Wankel is not known for efficiency but may help with vibration though.
I just do not understand how this thing is $70K U.S..... Until they get the cost of these down to the $20-$30K range, it will never be that popular. It also needs to have some car features that let you drive the damn thing home. Further, it is a one seat aircraft. I can go buy used 4 seat aircraft for far cheaper.
Might be fun for buzzing around locally for something equivalent to the "$100 burger," but for traveling any distance it doesn't have the specs. Might be better in a smaller country like the U.K. or the Netherlands.
James Harp
Shades of Bert Rutan and Jim Bede. This is not a new design, but it appears to be a pretty slick build. For any kind of an airplane, the price seems to be reasonable also.
This is a hack of an American designed aircraft of almost 40years. It costs are way to high and its break down to haul to complicated. On the plus side I think it will make the American standard for ultralight rules on weight,but not speed and stall.I guess that would fit under the newer sport pilot rules.