V-Raptor Aircraft, LLC (V-Raptor) is a custom composite parts manufacturing company with the production of a 4-place kit-built aircraft call the ORION as its cornerstone. Located in Sebastian, Florida, the company was established in 2010 by partners Jeff Kerlo and Taras Rud, two partners with a vision toward innovation that will help shape the future of personal transportation . V-Raptor is about rapid development of specialized parts for aerospace, marine, automotive and other industries seeking goods made from high strength composite materials, and is dedicated to the production of extremely high quality components and products.Work on the ORION design, which grew out of a 6-place design by Jeff Kerlo called the ORION TS; and later the Freedom-Aviation PHOENIX (also designed by Kerlo), began in 2002. The ORION is made from composite, sandwich-core construction materials. Its canard design offers an enhanced degree of stall-spin safety, speed, and operational efficiency not found in aircraft of conventional design.
V-Raptor’s management team includes Jeff Kerlo as its managing member and Chief Technology Officer. Jeff has 40+ years of composite tooling, production, and design experience to include full scale aviation,high performance aeromodeling and high performance marine racing craft. Jeff’s aircraft design and aerospace tool making experience includes involvement in the development of several noteworthy aircraft such as the Velocity XL, Stuart S-51, and the Maverick twin jet. His work is also seen in various composite parts and assemblies belonging to Van’s Aircraft and LoPresti Speed Merchants. Jeff Kerlo operated a professional aircraft builder assist business for 10-years and understands the good points and shortcomings of how many aircraft kit manufacturers design their products. His creation of the ORION design incorporates a great many ideas and features that dramatically shorten the parts assembly process, and insure quality and conformity, compared to other kit produced aircraft. The second member of the V-Raptor team is Taras Rud. Born in the Ukraine,Taras is a successful businessman supplying the aerospace and defense industries and is personally dedicated to redefining personal transportation in the 21st century Look for many more new and innovative products in the future from V-Raptor Aircraft.