I got the impression that the engineer (Mark B) was only a consultant used in a piecemeal approach for various parts of the design, not hired to do a comprehensive design. That's no way to design a complex aircraft where every part of every system must work together, but it does seem to be Peter's way. Like someone else said, he is smart enough to hire pros for the things he knows he doesn't know, but he doesn't know all the things he doesn't know.He didn't tell me that. Jeff said he didn't design it. If an IT guys hires an engineering firm to assist with the design I would expect the engineering firm would advise about weight. Is there evidence that the IT guy insisted that the engineered plans and layups be made heavier?
Or is there a conflict in that the website listed the weight at 1800 pounds for years? Then it was changed to 2300 now. Should be listed at least 2800 pounds.
How could any engineering firm work with that 1800 pounds number if they had knowledge that the IT guy wanted features far beyond similar Velocity weight?
The engineering firm should have worked with an empty weight estimate around 2600-2800 pounds, is my guess.
I suspect Peter created the weight specs himself, just wildly guessing without engineering being a part of it at all. Pretty sure he outright said he started with 1800 because that was what the Velocity was.