I came across some more information on the Raptor team. Jeff Kerlo is listed as the director of engineering on the project. He worked at Velocity, on the Maverick jet, S51 and designed and built the Orion canard among others. So it seems they have an experienced designer here after all. What's not clear is if Peter makes a lot of the design decisions and whether these are overseen and approved by Jeff. What is hard to understand is how things like area ruling and some of the performance figures and systems design issues have come out with an experienced designer involved. Anyway, they've got the wings closed out now and are working on getting all the avionics and electrics working.