It has been several years and progress has stopped for me. It’s time to find this bird a new home… someone who has the time to complete this super cool airplane project.
Wikipedia has a nice summary of the aircraft. If you are unfamiliar, the key design points are:
The canard is a lifting surface, unlike a tail plane, resulting in no wasted down-force.
Infinity Aerospace gear. All 3 gear retract hydraulically.
Forget rust, corrosion, and fatigue. Fiberglass is smooth, light weight, and resilient.
Designed as a four seat airplane from the beginning.
Below are the SQ2000XP performance specifications from the original marketing material. Obviously I cannot vouch for the numbers since I haven’t finished building the aircraft.
|Cruise Speed ◊||230 MPH|
|Max Speed ⇓||260 MPH|
|Rate of Climb ⇓||2,200 FPM|
|Range @ Cruise||1,035 SM|
|Takeoff Distance||1,600 FT|
|Landing Distance||1,500 FT|
|Landing Speed (Min Wt)||76 MPH|
|⇓ at sea level|
|◊ at 75% power|
|Propeller||3-Blade Fixed 66″x76″|
|Fuel Capacity||42 gal useful|
|Fuel Burn ◊||11.3 GPH|
|Endurance ◊||3.7 Hours|
|Landing Gear||Hydraulic Retractable|
|◊ At 75% power|
|Max Takeoff Weight||2,250 lbs|
|Empty Weight||1,250 lbs|
|Useful Load||1,000 lbs|
|Payload (full fuel)||748 lbs|
|Wing Area||104.2 sq ft|
|Max Wing Loading||21 lbs/(sq ft)|
|Power Loading||11.0 lbs/HP|
|Cabin Length (rudder pedals to center of rear seats)||83″|
|Cabin Width (front seats)||47″|
|Cabin Width (rear seats)||42″|
|Cabin Headroom (seat to ceiling)||41″|
How much has been completed?
I’ve invested 2,900 hours into the project to date. Yep, I’m a slow builder. But I’m kind of a perfectionist, and spend a lot of time on the small details.
A rough approximation of the major section completion is shown below. The fuselage bar is much longer because it represents the biggest chunk of work.
- Fuselage 95% 95%
- Wing 95% 95%
- Canard 100% 100%
- Landing Gear & Brakes 94% 94%
- Flight Controls 35% 35%
- Electrical Systems 25% 25%
- Fuel System 80% 80%
- Wing Strake 98% 98%
- Propulsion & Cowl 5% 5%
- Interior 25% 25%
- Finish 30% 30%