I visited the Dream Aircraft factory in Granby on the way to see the Epervier on display at U Sherbrooke that day. I live say 90 minutes west of the factory.
Jack Dueck and I visited together and he wrote an article on the Tundra aircraft which appeared in one of the EAA newsletters, probably Bits and Pieces.
Dream had 7 aircraft on the line. I believe that all were being built by Dream's version of quick build, and all by Americans.
I spent say 2 hours (I'm an A&P) studing the structures and plans and liked what I saw. I think they look rugged. The price for this option was around $47K.
This is how it was working. Dream is on the second floor with a metal and welding business on the first floor. The day I was there the fabrication company was making heat pump bases.
The metal fabrication company setup the CNC equipment with G-code for aircraft parts when time permits, or evenings.
They have state of the art CNC bending, cutting and punching equipment. Thus the kits fit exactly. And the quality of the kits is what we've come to expect from CNC: Perfect.The Tundra aircraft are all stressed-skin aluminum structure.
Here's the deal I looked at. Dream receive an order, get all the components on the line and start fabricating. At some point the builder (and son) arrive for 2 weeks (vacation). Dream leave out one wire, rivet, bolt, spar plug from every assembly. The builder does these items. Dream have an agreement with the FAA. The owner must install one say rivet in every part of the aircraft, connect one wire, control cable etc. Thus he performs one operation on 51% of the parts. The FAA accept that and issue the CofR and other pertinent flight documents. So when it's completed the owner flies the aircraft out of Granby, all the paperwork is done. The aircraft is flying and ready to go home.
This version of quickbuild surprised me.The standard fuselage can be constructed in 2 or 4 seats, wheels, skiis or floats. The floats option has 2 seats but lots of cargo space.
I don't know what other build options there are, but this was the option for the 7 aircraft I saw.
I find that the assembly line was fairly mature and thus efficient.
The standard engine is an I0-520 or 540 series, nominally at 285 hp. Some builders have installed 0-470's overhauled to zero time.The CEO may have mentioned one customer with an IO-360 that was over 200 hp but I'm fuzzy on this point. Engines are at extra cost.
I don't remember for certain but I think that VFR instruments were included. I visited Tundra 2 years ago.
The Tundra aircraft are Bush Planes. Dream get the customer in the air quickly, say typically in 3 months.
My mission requirement is for a racer and aerobat. Thus I fly a Sonerai. I'm also on the lookout for a retractable with long legs like a Bonanza.
Dream build a Bushplane on Skiis, floats or wheels. It doesn't come near to my mission requirement.