Time and Path to Market
I thought a different update this time was relevant. As we continue to work on our production, more photos of molds and production parts seem to be in repetition of our previous updates and I decided to offer a deeper insight into Vickers Aircraft.
Bringing a new aircraft to market is incredibly difficult, being amphibian makes this even harder and using composites to do so tests even the strongest resolve!
As we have always expressed, we are doing things very differently here at Vickers. We look and learn from the industry’s successes and more importantly its failures; we then examine these closely and apply them to our company.
Things like expanding too fast, coming to market before you are ready, over promising and under delivering. These are repeated throughout aviation and industry in general and are often seen in the light sport amphibian sector.
The Vickers approach is to de-risk. By designing and building for manufacture and production, we can take years out of the aircraft development phase. With no flying prototype, it may seem like little progress is being made however we are in fact making great strides towards production.
To simply have a flying prototype that superficially resembles the final article is relatively straight forward when compared to the hurdle of efficiently transitioning into a production environment. This is why many struggle to effectively manufacture at the end of the design phase.
There are many critical elements that have to come together to bring a new aircraft to market. A fantastic team is required which takes years to develop. Not only does it involve choosing and training the right people, it also means that people leave, often for the team’s betterment.
Having a flying prototype is only 15% of the battle. Design, analysis, testing of everything from aircraft systems to adhesives and processes, production facility development as well as management and resource planning all need to be available and work in harmony to allow the product to evolve.
None of this comes easily, quickly or cheaply. It requires dedication, foresight and funding with a deep passion and belief that truly tests all involved. Vickers Aircraft Company is a close and unique team that defines the spirit of aviation.
Bringing the Wave to market will take as long as is needed so that when we do it, it will be right. We are not the first, but you can rest assured we will be the best. If we are not ready, the release will be delayed without hesitation.
This journey is far more difficult than we could have imagined, but the result will be far more rewarding.
I believe that the time it is taking to develop the Wave has allowed the design to evolve and develop in unison. The result of this will be a revolutionary aircraft that will help move aviation forward.
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We thank you all for your ongoing support.