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Yamaha Motor, ShinMaywa conduct early-stage test flight of small aircraft

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Small aircraft - whatever will they think of next?

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How cool ! Both companies have excellent reputations and this is quite different from what either company normally does though the engine seems to be a derivative of one of their parallel twin motorcycle engines.

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This would certainly shorten my commute.

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No thanks. I think I'll stick with the '83 Warrior II that I usually rent when I go up (albeit not so often now that I have a kid who's quickly proving to be more expensive than maintaining my private pilot's license).

On the topic of Japanese aircraft, I never could figure out why Japan doesn't have a product line that competes with Boeing and Airbus.

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It is remarkably difficult to enter this marker - extremely tight, well established processes and standards make progress very slow and tedious. Congratulations for these companies managing to do that!

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On the topic of Japanese aircraft, I never could figure out why Japan doesn't have a product line that competes with Boeing and Airbus.

Raw materials and import too expensive?

invalid CSRF

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CaptDingleheimer

On the topic of Japanese aircraft, I never could figure out why Japan doesn't have a product line that competes with Boeing and Airbus.

The small size of the country and convenient bullet trains.

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On the topic of Japanese aircraft, I never could figure out why Japan doesn't have a product line that competes with Boeing and Airbus

The tremendous cost to develop a new large commercial airliner has had the effect of making the minimum efficient scale of a company that can profitably produce such expensive aircraft so great that there is only room for two such companies to operate profitably in that market. A company has to sell a large number of such airplanes to recoup the costs to develop and produce them. That number has become so great that the worlds airlines can only absorb enough new airplanes in any given year to keep two manufacturers of large airliners in business. If a Japanese or Chinese company wants to compete globally in that market they would have to push one of the established players out of the market. There isn't enough demand for new airliners to keep three companies profitably employed.

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Boeing spent upwards of $32 Billion on the development of the 787 while Scarebus estimates they spent $25 - $30 Billion developing the A380. That is company and investor money spent up front before a single sale is made and paid for. A company has to sell a lot of aircraft at a profit to recoup development costs of that order. One poor design that airlines don't want can bankrupt you.

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Perhaps version 2 will have doors, because they are useful in preventing a faster descent than you might want.

Planes like this can be home built from kits.

Given the mess Boeing made of the Max, don't assume they have some of magic ability to produce jets. Mature companies can be terrible at producing stuff. Lots of legacy issues and internal politics. I think a US company is planning to do a next gen Concorde and Comac has its eye on the Chinese-facing nations market. It does take time and money, but what doesn't. The future of short haul may be electric and of longer haul, green fuel engines. Any change in the industry can support a newcomer. Who would have thought that private companies would be doing what NASA and ESA used to have a duopoly over in the West. Maybe Musk will build a plane. No reason not to give it a go, but get the design absolutely right for the target market.

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