Having looked at all the new airplanes at the AOPA convention yesterday and today - I’ve discovered that they are all very nice, most are very fast, and have almost no payload.
Cirrus - full fuel - 500lbs payload - 2 people and bags
Columbia - even less 450lbs
Saratoga/etc - all the same problems.
Here is my airplane -
IO-540 - non turbo’d - 300 hp. - or the IO-550 - 310hp.
1250lbs payload, 700-750 payload.
4 seats - with room for 2 more - or put in 6 seats.
Glass of course- option for TKS.
Given what is out there for $400k right now - would you spend $500k for this airplane instead of the Cirrus/Columbia/DA50 etc??
I think there is a tremendous niche for a real traveling machine. I think guy and gals who have $400k to spend can spend $500k and get a real airplane - one that is just as comfortable doing the $200 hamburger as it is flying 700-800nm in comfort with reasonable speed and style.
Given the choice between an SR22 and what else is out there for a little less than that price, and a airplane that is not weight restricted . . .
I’m thinking bringing back the Lance / Comanche / 210 series airplanes.
I do not own an aircraft company, but why can’t they be reverse engineered successfully? Patents are long expired in the case of the Piper aircraft. Cessna still has the 210 one active.
But I’ve gotta be thinking that a nice little 4/6 seat airplane with all the current bells and whistles would fly great. Designed right, you could build a Comanche like airplane with fixed gear to eliminate the weight of the retract system, which would go right back in the airplane from leather and the modern conveniences.
Piper has tried it with the Matrix - which is a unpressurized Mirage - 6 very nice leather seats. But it as a $750k price tag. Take out the turbos and the complex systems and sell a simple airplane. With great avionics and bringing back that old fashioned idea of utility.