Well, that's the answer! He could start rolling the kits out the door tomorrow as the "Ete-Pay Umb-Play Egasus-Pay" and give the eager beavers a chance to be his beta testers. He wouldn't be the first source of experimental acft engines to let buyers do the testing.But he is also absolutely adamant that no engine with his name on it will be sold to the public until the engine and all of its parts is the safest and most reliable it can be.
True dat! The best of them (or the worst depending on your perspective) will then make more money charging the customer for upgrades and add-ons to fix problems that develop that should have been found during the testing phase ... and they can still sleep at night. :speechlesHe wouldn't be the first source of experimental acft engines to let buyers do the testing.
That is all true, but before ANYONE gets an alpha or beta test engine, Pete thinks that the main moving part, which he designed from scratch, should be tested to make sure it is as bullet-proof as he can make it.That's why wearing out a few engines in alpha test, then releasing a few dozen to selected beta testers makes sense.
My son and I built another SSSC but he sold the project because he didn't have any time to work on it. A local friend of mine bought it and hasn't done anything to it. He's in his 80's and I don't think he will ever work on it. I ask him about buying it back. He says OK. I need to get the JMR finished and make room for it. I have flywheel drive 2180 engine started and need to finish it. The wings are finished,covered and painted, fuselage needs a little work in the cabin section and covered and painted and the tail surface needs covered and painted. I sure miss the SSSC. I need more hanger room. The Chrysler conv, 1981 3/4 ton truck, Dodge mini-van, and farm tractor takes to much hanger room along with the paint room and office room.At least two engines need to be given to some retired guys that just want to burn fuel. Pops needs his old wooden wonder back and rockiedog needs one on his LE. I'm sure there are plenty of people close by that can do the same thing. The only way to vet the engine is to fly it a bunch. A number out of the air needs to be picked as a goal line. If it's high like 1000 hrs, a flying party better be started. To get 15 hours a weekend every weekend plus some.
I respect Pete for what he has accomplished so far, and for his insistence in not releasing the engine until he is satisfied that it has been developed to a point of reasonable safety.I suspect that Pete could could find several willing and capable “beta testers” who would get a half dozen engines in the air quickly and amass enough operational experience to reduce the time-to-market.