You nailed it. Now if you could get 25 or even 10 people together that'd be willing to commit say 10K for development of a kit...For those with a fetish for speed, endurance and extreme ground covering in one tankfull and still meet the FAI definition of microlight ie; sub 300kg MTOW............
And be potentially buildable at home by a fussy builder in composite for a under $15000 or even $10,000 if you scrounge.............
Some want a fast cross country machine
Some want aerobatic capable
Some want a good view
Some want distance to do very big distances
Some want a sexy looking thing
Almost everyone wants to be able to trailer it home
Or have it survive the weather
Some even want retractable gear (me)
Everyone wants to have that Wow factor on the ramp and in the air
Some even want to fly as high as Everest
And no bugger wants to pay much to build or run it.
And I want all of the above
...........................The Facet Opal.
With specs to dream of and it actually did all that was claimed and had multiple world records to prove it.
VNE 150 knts
Economy cruise of 136knkts
Horsepower 40hp rotax
range on max normal tank of 180 lts a huge 2,275 nm
climb rate 2000fpm and will continue to climb to over 30,000 with 40 hp and 3000fpm with a 532 rotax
Stressed to plus 7g
Empty weight 110kg
pilot -Scott Winton 73kg
fuel 180lts - 117kg
total weight 300kg or 660lbs
It was a absolutely amazing machine and still is.
With a airframe consisting of basically a beautifully smooth plank and a glider like pod on front- it would not be a huge deal to build in composites and since ready to fly only 110kg the weight without engine would be quite small- hence cheapish to build.
Lots of engines are suitable and we don't have to have 180lt so smaller tank and more engine could be done.
Hell with that much payload it could even be hybrid electric or just electric.
And to trailer- you stick it on sideways at a angle- none of this wing folding malarky
The only downside is Scott is no longer with us and no plans exist- but the aircraft still does.View attachment 54628View attachment 54629View attachment 54630