Win­decker de­vel­op­ing all­new air­craft

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Though it’s hard to get wind, so to speak, of Win­decker Air­craft’s plans, some de­tails of a long-ru­moured new ‘clean sheet’ de­sign un­der de­vel­op­ment at its North Carolina-based re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity have emerged. En­gi­neers work­ing for three years in ‘top se­cret’ re­port­edly have de­vel­oped enough tool­ing to be­gin pro­duc­ing parts for a pro­to­type that is ex­pected to fly in 2019.

The new de­sign was com­mis­sioned by Win­decker’s owner, Chi­nese busi­ness­man Hang Wei, and its de­vel­op­ment is be­ing di­rected by re­spected US aero­dy­nam­i­cist John Roncz. Mr Wei says that no per­for­mance in­for­ma­tion will be dis­closed un­til ver­i­fied in flight tests by the pro­to­type, but the air­craft “will set new stan­dards as the largest and most ca­pa­ble sin­gle-en­gine air­craft in its class… and with the new pow­er­plant we have se­lected for the pro­to­type, we an­tic­i­pate at­tract­ing a global mar­ket that should be pleased with its flight char­ac­ter­is­tics and efficiency.”

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