LoPresti, EAA Chapters Building 'Fury' Kit
April 8, 2010 — After LoPresti Aviation’s Corkey Fornof, chief pilot for the company’s Fury airplane, was asked repeatedly over the past year on the air show circuit, “Are you ever going to kit the Fury?” the company decided to explore the possibility. The focus of their research was obvious, and right in their backyard: EAA chapters.
Over the past two months, new LoPresti CEO RJ Siegel has been meeting with several EAA chapter members near their Sebastian, Florida, facility. “The idea was to go to experienced builders and have them be a part of the process,” Siegel said, likening the process to the Japanese “kaizen” concept of continuous and incremental improvement. “I mean, who better to contact than EAA chapter members? I am astounded at the level of knowledge and experience this group of aviators has.”
Siegel has met with members from Chapter 99 in Vero Beach, Chapter 908 in Fort Pierce, and Chapter 1288 in Valkaria. “We’re starting to build pieces next month,” he said, and the conservative estimate is to have a kit design in 24 months. All this will be happening at LoPresti’s Sebastian facility and in EAA chapter hangars, he said.
“Together, the Fury Squad will create ‘state-of-the-art’ instruction technology; incorporate the latest technology for the design; the new 48-inch cockpit, larger tail, the half aerobatic/half glass combination cockpit panel, and the ‘easy landing’ technology,” Siegel explained. “This is the real fluid dynamics of design meeting the practicality of building. An amazing opportunity!”
Siegel a pilot and 40-year EAA member, was a member of the original Macintosh team at Apple Computer and designed the first iPod-based, black-box system which simultaneously plays music, logs flight data, and phones home. He’s also a homebuilder, educator, engineer, and businessman.
To learn more about the Fury, visit www.loprestifury.com.