It has been known for some time that the Windecker Aircraft R&D facility in the USA was working on a “clean sheet” aircraft design that synthesizes new and established technologies. The company has an engineering and technical skills staff who work in a top secret environment. After three years of engineering, drawings, and analyzing a wide range of configurations and performance goals, they have developed enough tooling to begin to produce parts for a prototype.
It is anticipated that the prototype will fly in mid-2019, that it will be a Part 23 certified aircraft and will set new standards as the largest and most capable single-engine aircraft in its class. The company has made it clear that no performance information will be disclosed until verified in flight tests by the prototype.
The new design, which was called for by the company owner, Hang Wei, a Chinese businessman, is under the direction of aerodynamicist John Roncz. “We don’t believe in sharing conjecture,” said Mr. Wei, “though with the new powerplant we have selected for the prototype, we anticipate attracting a global market that should be pleased with the flight characteristics and efficiency of the aircraft.” The company plans to work with the USA's FAA for certification.
The retractable landing gear for Windecker Aircraft’s new design features a trailing arm that leads to a large, robust braking assembly.