I think motorgliders or gliders in general would be too non-mainstream. Describing gliding to someone doesn't exactly convey "exciting".
"Ok, we're going to put you in this plane with no engine..."
"Well that's stupid...
That's it, in a nutshell. Unless the airport's at the beach or some other place that's fun to hang out at while the girls wait (not too long) for the guys to come back. At the beach, guy goes out on the jetski, comes back in 5 minutes for another beer. He can take the girl for a ride (pobably the girl doesn't want to go but he keeps hoping ) Now jump to the airport... it's hot and dusty and just getting once around the pattern in your single seater takes at least 5 minutes...Thank you for making my previous points... I'm just not sure aviation is going to catch on with the masses...ever. And come to think of it....not a whole lot of hot babes hanging out around the glider port....:cry:
And how many get scrapped? When we were importing arts from Korea, roughly 50% of the parts we got were bad. Half of those could be fixed (adjusted), but the remaining 25% had to be scrapped. Nothing we did could get the supplier to improve their quality control... and even with the rework and scrap it was still cheaper than making the parts domestically or even someplace closer like Mexico....a container can get to California from China for $3500 - and I bet you could get ten ULs in a container...
I don't know what Cessna's scrap rate for the 162 is but I've heard that paraglider manufacturers making gliders in the far east also cut up a lot of scrap gliders on receipt.
Sounds like what Snedden's trying to do with his M7... though I remain unconvinced that his 503 powered machine will ever be 103 legal.But even with 103, the reality is that the requirements limit top speed, so it's not as if we can't use better aerodynamics and reliable power to do other things - like climb and maneuver!
Still, I think the best hope would be something strongly resembling the Viera, minus that frightfully ugly engine pod.
I think we should have a new Constitutional amendment: every year the State of the Union address should open with a reading of George Washington's farewell address, with emphasis on avoiding entangling alliances and not becoming involved in the territorial disputes of other nations.