- Sep 17, 2008
Exactly. Even the proposed 110-hp certified diesel doesn't exist.And that is the point.
The closest thing to a two-place convertible-gear airplane I know of is the Glastar. I designed and carried out the installation of a 2.2l Subaru RAF conversion in one. By the time it was done the owner could have had an O-235. Any new training airplane needs to use what's available right now, not something that's nothing more than a proposal. And it will cost $300K at least because the R&D and certification all has to be amortized, to say nothing of the factory tooling and training. It won't happen until we're out of old airplanes or until an awful lot of people suddenly decide they want to learn to fly.