As many of you know, Ship One flew in in the summer of 2015 for the first time, and accumulated 28 hours of flight time. With many of the "Test Flight" questions answered, the decision was made to discontinue further modifications of Ship One, and to take those lessons learned and incorporate them into Ship Two.
That is now our focus. To date, the wing and horizontal stabilizer molds have been created, and the fuselage plug is almost ready to be sent to the company that will complete the mold. Once finished, all of the large molds for creating the new version of the Commuter Craft will be in place.
What are some of the changes? The fuselage has been lengthened, to accommodate storage behind the passenger compartment, the engine air intakes have been moved above the wing, and the nose has been broadened. Additionally, "gull-wing" doors have been added to each side to ease entry and exit from the aircraft. While essentially the same aircraft as Ship One, the new version will incorporate many of the recommended changes, thereby creating a better aircraft.
Other unseen, but no less important, steps have been taken at the factory. Builder bays have begun to appear on the factory floor, additional tooling continues to arrive almost daily, a drying bay and a spar stress-test bench have also been built.
While it may appear that "glacial" progress is being made, in fact, progress continues as quickly as manpower and budget allow. Your patience is appreciated as we bring this exciting new aircraft to market, and trust that once seen, you'll be as impressed with it as we are.