- Feb 13, 2010
- World traveler
Yes, they are, just not as blatantly as Vashon when you consider a minimum reasonable fuel load for safe operation and the options for loading in increments of one person.If you fill an FAA type-certificated C172 with fuel, then the four persons on board need to average under 130 pounds each, with zero baggage, to be legal. When Cessna advertises it as a four place airplane, are they “flouting the intent of the regulation”?
What's the fuel consumption on an O-200 at cruise RPM, maybe 6 gallons per hour? So even if you are just up for a one-hour local flight, prudence dictates at least ten gallons of fuel, so if you offload 17 gallons you're up to 385 lb payload, but add on the extra options and bells and whistles and that number goes down quickly.
To me, it appears that that Vashon is deliberately selling an aircraft that it expects customers to operate above gross weight, which allows them to fudge the performance numbers at maximum gross weight and possibly endangers the LSA category in the long run.