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Looking for feedback on Raptor by Peter Muller

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Hello all.

Thanks for having this forum.

 

I am planning to place a deposit to get in line for a Raptor aircraft, and I would like your opinion on it.

I do like all the videos and construction detail that the designer posts weekly, but I guess I am not fully convinced.

It is very appealing to me to wait 5 years for a pressurized craft I can use and afford, but I like to hear the opinion - good or bad - from those that actually did this with other planes.

 

The plan is to have an aircraft we can use for frequent cross country use, like six months traveling per year.

 

What have you heard?

 

 

 

 

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Only a hair under $500 in 5 years.

Not a major decision point. I am quite interested in what owners and builders of other craft think of the project so far.

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Hard for a canard builder (kit or plans) to relate to this plane.

Example: My canopy is roughly 1/8" thick where the Raptor glass is 1/2" thick (to remain intact when pressurized.)

 

There is a level of complexity that is beyond what the average home builder is capable of. This is more inline with the Epic aircraft. I'm sure they have patterned the builder assist program after the one Epic came up with.

You have a flying aircraft after 2 weeks.

 

I know some of the people involved in this and I'll reserve judgement until after they have some test data. Nobody can give you a valid assessment of an aircraft that has never flown.

It would not surprise me if the price goes up once they have a grasp of what it takes to get one in the air. $130K sounds a bit on the optomistic side.

I look forward to this aircraft entering the market.

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How about a Velocity?  I have flown in couple of them.  They are roomy and the performance is pretty good.  If you just want to buy a fast airplane, Cirrus, Lancair IV, Pilatus.

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I am watching the Raptor with interest. Also Synergy, and a few others. But until they fly and there's solid performance data, who knows. Could be the next big thing. Then again they might never fly at all. I'm hoping of course for the former, while busily building my proven design in my garage. :)

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I am watching the Raptor with interest. Also Synergy, and a few others. But until they fly and there's solid performance data, who knows. Could be the next big thing. Then again they might never fly at all. I'm hoping of course for the former, while busily building my proven design in my garage. :)

What is your "proven design" Sir?

 

Thank you,

 

Al.

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