Posted on November 21st, 2020
Massachusetts start-up Spike Aerospace acknowledges a redesign and a re-engining may be necessary to achieve certification of the supersonic S-512 business jet concept unveiled to the public earlier this year.
One of several ongoing attempts to field a supersonic-class business jet, the original concept released by Spike founder Vik Kachoria gained wide public attention, despite several unusual features that seem to preclude high-speed flight and certification.
For example, Spike claims the S-512 will achieve a top speed of Mach 1.6, but the aircraft lacks area ruling features that enable efficient supersonic flight.
I often get the feeling that general aviation is the red-headed stepchild in the government’s view of the aerospace industry. With apologies to the late Rodney Dangerfield, GA seems to get no respect from the federal government. There have been three comprehensive studies on aviation in the past quarter-century, and a few others on narrower topics. General aviation is usually relegated to an afterthought if thought of at all.