No, if it keeps gaining weight, then it becomes a roadable aircraft... without the “air” part.Not if it keeps gaining weight.
We might need a new term for any resultant off-airport landings. You can't really call it an "accident" or "mishap" if the designer has told you in advance that it is programmed in.
My point exactly, Peter is a programmer and salesman, not a builder.Moller successfully ran his scam for almost 50 years, and his aircars didn’t go wry; they went nowhere, except under a crane once.
That was the weirdest thing. As a kid (probably 12 years old), I saw Moeller's stuff in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Every few years, I'd see the same story in those rags or in some other outlet. The amazing thing was nobody ever called his bluff on it. That went on forever.Moller successfully ran his scam for almost 50 years, and his aircars didn’t go wry; they went nowhere, except under a crane once.
Agree with all points.That was the weirdest thing. As a kid (probably 12 years old), I saw Moeller's stuff in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Every few years, I'd see the same story in those rags or in some other outlet. The amazing thing was nobody ever called his bluff on it. That went on forever.
I don't think the Raptor is "front page kinda interesting" enough to bring in investors for nearly that long. Besides, I think it is hard at this point for anyone to look at the project and think success is only another $100k away..
That is what irks me most. There are far better engineers out there who just can't bullpoop like Peter can. They have less likelihood of getting funding for a viable project whenever some Moller/Muller scams the clueless. Those 134 people paid $20k deposits on aircraft that will never be built. That's a quite a few upset people.And potentially for those that aren't and may some day be looking for financing for a practical aviation project.
I don't think it is free castering like a longeze https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutan_Long-EZ#/media/File:Rutan.long-EZ.g-wily.arp.jpg. Free castering needs severe trail.It must be free castoring otherwise it wouldn't need oil to damp the occilation.
I've been told by longEZ pilots that it's best in a cross wind to over steer at the beginning of the takeoff run so you don't have to keep using the brakes while trying to accelerate.
Look at the claimed performance, complete with comparing it to a proven airplane currently in production. Read the list of features. Look at the claimed price. Is there really a difference between willful ignorance and a scam when promoting a new, revolutionary, product? It takes more that good intentions to be legit when accepting other people’s money.In all fairness, i don’t think you can call the Raptor a scam. Misguided, certainly, but not a scam. Peter is actually building and testing to the best of his abilities, but his strength is in computer programming, not aircraft design.