At first glance, the Edgley Optica EA-7 looks like an edgy, newly designed aircraft built for the modern-age mission of low-and-slow surveillance or sightseeing. It also looks like a squatty dragonfly. Its helicopter-like cockpit mounted ahead of a ducted-fan motor provides three-abreast seating and an amazing 270-degree field view.
The aircraft’s twin boom construction, twin rudders and high-mounted tailplane give it a shape vaguely reminiscent of the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco. The aircraft sits very low on the ground upon fixed tricycle landing gear. Its quiet noise signature both inside and outside of the cockpit is thanks to the large ducted fan mounted aft of the cabin powered by a 260 horsepower Lycoming IO-540, which turns a fixed-pitch, five-bladed prop.