Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you have a flying aircraft yet?
We do not. We are presently completing the design and will soon begin the tooling process and plan to have the first aircraft flying in about 15 months. Please read the Ordering page for more information on our approach to getting the first customer aircraft airborne.
2. Is the $130K price just the kit price or the finished price.
This is the projected finished and flying price. We are hoping to bring it down to $100K once the construction process is streamlined and we have made further negotiations on component pricing.
3. How much time do I need contribute to the construction of the aircraft?
The minimum requirement in order to still satisfy the 51% rule for experimental aircraft will be 2 weeks at a construction facility where you will be supervised in closing out various components of the airframe so you have a decent understanding of how your Raptor is constructed. For most people this will be a very fun and exciting adventure. Once the airframe is complete we can transfer it to a build completion center for the engine, avioincs, interior and paint or you can have it delivered and complete these items yourself. We are going to recommend a completion center as they will have a production line approach to completion and have your aircraft flying faster and for less cost than you can do it yourself. Again, the $130K price is the finished and flying price that we are presently projecting.
4. What about de-icing?
Please see the De-Icing page on the Features menu.
5. Is pressurization an option?
Yes, the cabin will be pressurized to 5.5psi to ensure an 8000ft cabin at FL250. Pressurization makes for a much more comfortable flight on long trips and also when climbing and descending. Your trips will be far more enjoyable.
6. How did you calculate your max cruise speed?
Please watch the video on the Design page for a detailed analysis of the drag comparison with a Cirrus SR22 to see how the performance figures for the Raptor are calculated.
7. How have you determined the empty weight?
Actually we have been quite conservative with this number. We have based it on a similar canard aircraft with a TSIO-550 that weighs 550lbs. In our case however we may have a slightly larger airframe but we are using carbon composite and lighter construction techniques instead of foam cores in the wings or fuselage so basically that is a wash. (Note that foam cores absorb moisture in humid conditions and we will not have that problem). However, our diesel engine weighs less than the weight of the TSIO-550 at 374lbs. The aircraft we are comparing to has an empty weight of 1800lbs. Ours will be 264lbs less but may be more because of possibly heavier landing gear, seats and other accessories. So, we should conservatively be back at, but still under, 1800lbs. We will know for sure when it goes on the scales but we will be paying a lot of attention to minimizing weight without compromising the quality of the finished aircraft. 
8. What kind of prop are you going to use?
For all models we will be using an MT composite constant speed propeller. It has 5 blades, carbon fiber skin and is reversible. The most likely model we will be using is the MTV-5.
9. Will the Raptor be certified?
Unless the certification requirements and costs are dramatically reduced it is unlikely we will attempt to certify the Raptor. Also, we'd like to keep it experimental so owners can save money and down time on annual inspections.
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