New plane smaller than microjet
January 11, 2011, 12:20 pm
A new plane, currently in development by Sonex Aircraft, will weigh in at 330 lbs, less than some human beings.
The planes other specifications include a 15'9" length, an 18' wingspan and a 32-gallon fuel capacity. The single-seat jet plane is also expected to be very inexpensive to build and easy to operate.
The aircraft has recently undergone wing load tests in preparation for its first flight test, expected to take place some time soon. Yet even before its first flight, the plane known as the SubSonex has generated a large amount of buzz both within and outside of the aviation industry, according to Aero-news.net.
The site also states that the original purpose of the aircraft was to determine the feasibility and marketability of such a small plane. Whether or not the aircraft will become available for individual purchase has yet to be decided; however, if the flight tests go successfully, the designers of the aircraft will build a second prototype with various enhancements in order to further pursue the idea of a "teeny" plane.
If the plane does eventually enter mass production, it will be important for the pilots to be mindful of the dangers of flying solo and invest in pilot insurance should something go awry during a solo-flight.
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