Mat Fletcher's letter of April 2005 says, in part - "I can no longer stay quiet as people get closer & closer to the design I
came up with in December 2003. So I thought it best to share my design with you. If I don't get to build the concept before someone
else, well at least I can say I thought of it first, and always point to Roadable Times as proof.
"I started to contemplate the concept while sitting in traffic 3 days in a row in 1995, at the same spot, for 30 minutes each time. I began researching the idea by getting books from the library on building your own plane, then moved on to reviewing every roadable concept at the patent office, along with engine designs,
extendable wings, transmission & clutch systems, and recumbent bicycles.
"I then realized there were no concepts that satisfied the essentials, which are:-
Desirability, Dependability, Road ability, Fly ability, and Convertibility. I thought I had a decent chance on coming up with something better. These days I am finalizing my business plan while continuing to research investors and the market through NASA reports, Govt statistics, and anything else relating to the aerospace, automobile, and travel industries. Can't rule out mergers and acquisitions.
"At first I was stuck on the idea of taking a canard plane, specifically a long-ez, and having the main wing retract forward. With a 1-front 2-rear wheel configuration, I thought it was a cool looking idea that could open while driving. However, that probably wouldn't be acceptable to the FAA nor would it perform well on the
ground. Then I had an epiphany and realized what others could not, which is my current configuration.
"The main idea focuses on splitting the wing in two, thereby making the vehicle a biplane. This shortens the overall length and width of the wing while increasing wing area, lift, and control, with only a slight set back in drag."
Matt Fletcher's website is located at -
He may be reached at -
Cellphones: 216-538-1274 or 216-408-7104