Rutan has an amazing willingness to try new things, with a resulting proliferation of designs, but it’s hard to find a real success story. Burt definitely gets an “A” for effort. Despite his talents, it seems like his designs and projects always end up in the “future news that never happened” category. Designs that were supposed to be “a little better” seem to have turned out to be “not quite as good”. Planes supposed to be “somewhat safer” seem to have turned out to be “not quite as safe” (John Denver?). Reminds me of a hypothetical incurable vertical-axis wind turbine inventor - dedicated to unintentionally proving the Wright Brothers’ canard design is “not quite as good” as the typical “bird” layout. Just like Vertical-axis “inventors” end up confirming that the regular windmill design is better. Often when “inventors” can’t think of a step forward, they instead present “a step backward” as a forward step. Everyone falls for it. The press is always hungry for a story. Look what happened to the Beech Starship - a great story of a “great inventor”. Many millions spent. A few were built and sold but, despite a spectacular appearance, they were outperformed by normal airplanes with the conventional layout: tail in the rear. His “Spaceship” effort finally moved forward into the early 20th century - no canards. Looks like the canard thing was one more case of “beating a dead horse”. A mistaken design direction for which he is endlessly celebrted. Well someone had to do it. At least he tried. Most people just sit on their asses. His willingness to do new things definitely got him in with Sir Richard Branson, Spaceship-One, etc., for example (note: no canards) . Even with this new seaplane with a (somewhat) more conventional layout (again, no canards), it is not hard to figure out that it will probably be one more design that never goes into production. Seems like there is no news about it in the last few years. I do like the idea of the ~10 HP RC motors with folding props though: Seems perfect for hang-gliders. Seen one example so far on the web - hope it catches on.