The Raptor is an extremely spacious 5 place, pressurized, composite aircraft with a 62" wide cabin with a top speed of 300 knots that can cruise at 230 knots true on 7 gph of Diesel or Jet-A. It will come equipped with an optional BRS airframe parachute, constant speed, reversing propeller and anti-lock brakes. It's a luxury SUV for the sky.
Many more items added to our new apparel store. Check it out here: Raptor Store
LATEST NEWS (9/26/15):
Follow along with the blog that is documenting the process of building the Raptor prototype. The date above is updated each time there is a new installment.
We have now hired Jeff Kerlo as our Director of Engineering and we will be setting up a small facility in Atlanta to begin construction of the prototype in the coming 4 weeks. We expect to have the prototype flying in the next 12-15 months. Stay tuned for regular updates once we begin in early September.
Check out the new Financing page above. We had a great time at AirVenture. It was a pleasure meeting so many of our depositors as well as all the people who were just hearing about the Raptor for the first time. There is a huge amount of excitement about what we are doing and we are truly grateful for all of the support we are receiving. Our website traffic has tripled in the last week and deposits are coming in at about 1 a day now. Next up we are going to be setting up our facility in order to begin work on the prototype. We will also be completing and flying the 1/4 scale model in August. Put your name on our mailing list if you want to receive regular updates.
On the right are two links to a podcast that was recorded a couple of weeks ago. In it I discuss what's going on with Raptor both now and in the future. If you'd like to listed offline they are also available on iTunes.
Specifications page has been updated with the latest information after the aerodynamic evaluation changes were completed. After the wing was moved back we gained another 4 gallons of fuel bringing the total to 124. There's now a PDF of the plan view for those that like technical stuff.
Conceptual designs on the engine mount and belt drive system are now up on the Features section.
The rear seating options are complete with pictures in the Features section.
The front seat belt design is now complete with pictures and details in the Features section.
The seat design is complete with new pictures and a demonstration video in the Features section.
We are now also offering the Audi 3.0L TDI V6 diesel as an engine option. See the Models page and the Specifications for all the details.
Design of the door latching system is complete. See the Features menu for more details.
New pictures of the overhead console and sun visors on the Features menu.
Revolutionary De-Icing system announced. See the De-Icing page on the Features menu.
New pictures on the Features menu showing the BRS parachute integration and also the larger baggage space for the new smaller fuel capacity option. We have added the option for either 150 gallon fuel capacity or a smaller 116 gallon option, allowing for additional baggage space, which is still plenty for the diesel engine and will still provide a range of over 3600 nautical miles. Some people have mentioned that they would never fly that far but they are missing the point. This allows you to fill up on regular diesel fuel if you have access to it and take as much as you need for your complete trip. For example, you might want to spend a couple of weeks flying around the Caribbean. You could take your complete fuel needs with you and not be subject to the high prices on the islands.
Changing General Aviation in a big way
We are offering a completed Raptor 'At Cost' and Open Sourcing the whole program so universities and businesses will be able to have access to the design and make improvements and modifications in the same way that open source works in the software world. We will be opening the parts and airframe construction, support and flight training so companies world-wide can compete for your business thereby keeping availability high and prices low. This will also ensure that there is no single point of failure for parts, airframes or support. This distributed model will eliminate any chance of the Raptor not having support. Much like the internet, the open and distributed nature makes it virtually impossible to destroy. The competition will have a difficult time trying to stop us.
The Deal of the Century
But the 'At Cost' Raptor is the game changer. The bottom line is that we will be providing a finished Raptor initially for somewhere close to $130K with a goal to get that number as low as possible. If you can buy a BMW 7 series for under $80K then we think you should be able to purchase a similarly equipped plane at that price. We intend to make it possible.
In order to do this we require a minimum of 1000 deposits in order to obtain the lowest possible wholesale pricing from all the vendors. We will then be passing on those savings to you with very little mark up. The Raptor will still come with a full Garmin suite, MT propellor, Diesel engine and all the good stuff we have picked out. It will fly circles around a Cirrus for literally a fraction of the price. Take a look at the Ordering page for a list of components.
Obviously this is the deal of the century. Why are we doing this? Well, we think that it's time to provide an aircraft that will be the catalyst for solving the shrinking pilot population. Not only will the Raptor be the best value for money but it will also cost a fraction to operate when compared with existing designs of this size. If you're just cruising around at 140 knots it will cost about $20/hour. At 230 knots at FL250 it will still be about $35/hour.
A couple of years after the Raptor is successful as an experimental aircraft we will push for certification, initially in Europe or Canada and then the U.S. Then we can spawn a new air taxi and light cargo services. With the air taxi we plan on partnering with someone like Uber. That way non pilots will be able to take advantage of the Raptor at prices and with convenience that could make most people prefer it over the airlines. It's an exciting prospect.
The deposit price is $2000. Get in line now and tell all your friends.
Don't have your pilots license? No problem:
For those without a pilot's license we will be offering training in your new aircraft. Given that you will only be paying for the instructor and fuel your license will cost only about $3500. Again, this is less that half of what it would cost at a flight school renting an old Cessna.
Tell all your friends. Here's the best opportunity to be a pilot in your own plane
If you want to help us change the world by making flying fun and affordable then get behind the Raptor and spread the word. Cheers, Peter.