Windecker developing allnew aircraft
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.”