Elevating safety to new heights

Safety is at the core of every Centauri aircraft. From design to fabrication, rigorous testing and analysis are ingrained in our process. Extensive flight testing has been conducted to exceed industry safety standards.

Flight safety by design

Safety in general aviation has three components, and a thoughtful design in all its details is where it all starts, with the level of professionalism in servicing and the quality of continuous training being the other two.

Centauri is on a mission to provide the safest aircraft on the market. So far, no human has ever been injured while operating this machine, and we are committed to maintaining this record, even if it means cutting off certain businesses.

Additionally, any and all safety devices or technologies that become available to us, are added as soon as possible. An Airframe Parachute is already available as an option, with four Kevlar straps holding the airframe by its engine bed and nose landing gear bolts, and a handle accessible to all four occupants. The glass cockpit suite, plebiscited by the market, the G3X Touch, is installed with space provisions to unleash all its connectivity and options available. ADSB, Garmin autopilot, WAAS GPS, and video feed, come standard, but we can provide further additions as desired.

Garmin G3X Touch

Avionics suite with Synthetic Vision

Mechanical side sticks

Unobstructed visibility for pilots & pax
Integrated 3-axis autopilot
Direct Steering of Nose Landing Gear
Lower cabin noise than any other piston
Cabin designed for comfort, featuring spacious seats, armrests, and generous legroom.
Central, embedded location for iPad for Foreflight users

Safety: Inherent Machine Reliability

Sidesticks and pushrod-bellcranks The Valkyrie is equipped with convenient, ergonomic sidesticks optimized for leverage throughout the airplane’s flight envelope. Given the limited space in which optimization must occur, we have achieved a balance by providing a free lap for kneeboards, backup iPads, or simply for enhanced comfort during longer flights. Achieving the balance required the incorporation of high-quality pushrod-bellcrank assemblies, particularly on the roll line, which needs to transmit a leverage pilot force to the ailerons more than 30 ft away. The movement is transmitted by bellcranks and torque tubes that are very reliable and solid. In comparison to cable assemblies found in many other pistons aircraft, our system does not exhibit any sloppiness even at higher temperatures.

Steered nose wheel, hand central brake

Full pushrod/bellcrank flight controls

Natural, unjammable freefall-and-lock on all 3 gears

12 qt oil sump and oversized oil cooler in massive bottom scoop, for ideal cooling in any climb even in hottest US climates, with mitigated cost on drag
Airframe parachute (BRS, Ballistic Recovery System) in near-CG location (for suppressing rock at deployment)
4 independent sources of electrical power
Keel camera shown on MFD to provide for unmistakable indication of what’s going on below the aircraft
Landing gear legs machined in 7075-T6 solid billit on a 7 axis CNC
Beringer wheels and brakes, allowing braking under 500ft with a 90knots touch down
152 m, 166.7 km/h
Twin chamber oleopneumatic dampers
All detailed design is compliant with 14 CFR Part 23
*although sold on Experimental Ticket

Rock-solid carbon prepreg skeleton

The Valkyrie is a non-stressed skin aircraft, in contrast to most, if not all, of its competitors. What this means is that the damage tolerance is enhanced, whether mechanical due to bird strikes, tools dropped, hangar rash, or environmental due to sun and weathering. A primary structure consisting of 10 elements, including a chassis, bears all flight and ground forces that are immediately communicated to them locally.

After AGATE-equivalency of our layup and cure processes have been established, this primary structure has been tested on whiffle trees and exhibits limit loads north of 6g/-3g.

Each element blends Part 23 ready materials and processes including Toray carbon prepregs on Divinycell machined cores, with the straightforwardness of Rutan-style moldless, on-core layup. The Resulting parts are easy to make and repair, very light, and extremely robust.

Safety: Forgiving Flight Mechanics

Anti-stall canard design, allowing direct control of pitch for swift, precise adjustments
Rock-solid retractable gear, trailing link on all legs
Electric trim and AP disconnect on sticks
Wing fences, vortilons and aileron fences for maximizing boundary layer attachment at high AOAs