aircraft. To be
or not to be? After researching the topic, it seems to me, that the jet powered experimental aircraft craze is just that...a craze.
I'm not sure what the appeal of jet
aircraft, or experimental jet aircraft, are to most pilots or owners.
Maybe it's performance. Maybe it's speed. Maybe it's the smell of
jet-fuel in the morning. Or maybe, it's the feeling of being a part of
the "jet crowd". Sure, your neighbor drives a Mercedes...but you have a
I think we need to get away from this idea. It's
possible small jet engines can be efficient but it's unlikely they will
ever be as affordable as piston engines (I'm talking auto-engine
piston prices, not Lycoming or Continental).
considering a homebuilt experimental jet aircraft, I've
compiled a list of possibilities...and alternatives. My recommendation.
Choose the alternative.
So, after some research I have found it very difficult to find reliable
information on the BD-5 Jet, hence the question marks. It is a relic of
the past, and was once a good idea but just not a real possibility
obviously. As of the
date of this article the SubSonex Jet will "take a back seat to
other company priorities" according to Sonex
Aircraft Founder and President John Monnett. I could not find any
performance specifications for it either, hence more question marks. If
the Sub Sonex jet does come to market, it
seems the company and public all admit it will be no-more than a toy. Bottom line here folks...unless
you've got cash to burn on a Viper Jet, you won't be flying an
experimental jet aircraft...but don't cry, the alternatives are much
better and much more practical.
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Looking at the alternatives of these two-seat aircraft, of course, my
vote is for the LP1. The LP1 is the only one that is pressurized and
completely carbon fiber. A truly modern aircraft at an affordable
price. The other aircraft are good aircraft, but are quickly becoming
In conclusion, is it me or does it seem like these
"wannabe jets" are preying on our desires and often misplaced
sense of value? In other words, what's the point of a toy-jet? I for
one will not be spending $60,000 plus dollars just so I can brag to my
friends, or my own ego, that I fly a jet. The idea of jet
powered experimental aircraft is great, but much like the very light
business jets, or VLJ's, the concept seems to have fallen short of its
mark. I must admit it sort of hurts
to do this research and come up with nothing but "jets as toys". I'm
not trying to be cynical, but I can't help it with the results I'm
seeing. I understand much of the problem is in the development of jet
I guess we'll have to wait. If anyone has any ideas or has seen any
light jets or jet powered experimental aircraft that have a real viable shot at being affordable and
practical, contact me and I'd love to update this article. For now,
I'll just call it a work in progress.
For those of you that are wanting to know my criteria for an experimental jet aircraft that is practical and affordable...My
criteria would be these:
- The cost is under 200k
- Cruise speeds over 300 knots
- Seats two with room for baggage
- Range of at least 800nm
- Low operating cost
- Build time of less than 1,000 hours
Wait a second, the LP1 does all that. Ok, ok, I know I'm biased but
the goal of the LP1. Design, Build, and Provide an aircraft that is
super fast, super-efficient, and super affordable.
I look at the possibility of an experimental jet aircraft
as filling a market of buyers who want to fly with the super-rich, but
just don't have that much in the pocketbook. Like they say "If you have
to ask, you can't afford it." My advice...go to the Algie Composite
Aircraft factory in Indianapolis and meet David Algie and see the LP1
in production. You might just change your mind about needing that jet
when a piston can do more for less.
by Parker Woodward
Author Bio: Parker Woodward is a third generation pilot
and co-founder of the aviation companies Ravin Aircraft LLC and
Woodward Aerospace LLC. To contact him please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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