Indy cars are a technologically advanced four-wheeled,inverted aircraft. They produce double their weight in down force (lift in reverse) and generate 5g's of cornering energy at speeds up to 240 mph. Constructing and developing these cars for years, I always wanted to bring their technology to the kit aircraft industry. Indy cars are literally a multi-billion dollar industry and only thousandths of a second make the difference between winning and losing. Kitplanes have not evolved or even remotely kept up with the innovation, technology, and safety that I am used to working with on a routine daily basis. So why not build a kitplane and make it the Indy Car of aviation. A kitplane that anyone can build that will be very safe, easy to build, and have truly modern performance with wonderful flight characteristics. That's where the LP1 comes from and that's what it will do.
To give you a better idea of how far behind kitplane technolgy is I can tell you what we engineer Indy cars to withstand. Drivers routinely survive 75g crashes, and fuel fires are a rare occurrence. Their fit and finish, strength and low weight certainly should be standard for aircraft...but they aren't.
After inspecting a few of the best (and most expensive) kits out there, I realized that "state of the art" in kit planes equaled poor component fit and unfinished detail work, all equating to years longer than necessary to construct. This also means superior skill levels needed to even start the project and this is the reason most of these types of kitplanes aren't constructed by the owner, but "farmed out" to A&P shops and builder assistance programs. It is our goal at Algie Composite Aircraft to eliminate th need for builder-assistance. We accomplish this with the design of the kit, not just the design of a performance aircraft.
The various component pieces of the LP1 kit fit together with interlocking pieces, decreasing the build time and complexity significantly while increasing strength and even decreasing weight. An average person should be able to build an LP1 in a very reasonable time-period.
Most companies who produce a kitplane have many paid employees who, while working on prototypes, are not turning a single profit dollar. The company then has to amortize every kit sold to offset the initial loss. With Algie Composite Aircraft, there are very low overheads to cover, and with only a couple of people working on the project, the "design to build" information crossover is immediate. Once the initial aircraft are produced, the production batch will have very little added cost of the original design and tooling tacked on. All of the bugs will be worked out before any components are sold. Performance is important but safety is priority.
If you have any questions or inquiries or would just like to see more of this unique aircraft or be involved in any way, send me an E-mail. Again my name is David Algie and my company is Algie Commposite Aircraft. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate and value all the encouragement and support I have recieved from kitplane builders, pilots, and industry professionals over the years. If you'd like to send me a comment or question, I will answer all replies to e-mails. Please contact me via e-mail.