Nice try but at half a million bucks it is still a Cessna 182 and very few people will drop that much on a single engine plane. No matter the difficulty of obtaining 100LL gas, it is a lot cheaper than the diesel version. Now if you really want speed and comfort including a potty and long range, and a reasonable price, man, there is plenty of 1980-90 Beech C-90s in top shape selling for .50 to 1.25 million. Yeah, direct and indirect operating costs are twice as much but no comparison.
The "Kubler Ross" idea has to be the stupidest premise I've ever seen out of a FLYING writer. I like you Goyer, but sometimes you are such a dork.
Kudos to SMA and Cessna for the new turbo diesel-powered 182, and the significant improvements to the Grand Caravan. Good to see some real innovation coming out of Wichita. Cessna's recent developments demonstrate the airframe manufacturer has seen the writing on the wall and for all intents and purposes has abandoned 100LL engines. It is about time, given the EPA ban on leaded gas since the 1970s.
One wonders if/when SMA will consider branching out and building two and six cylinder versions of this engine. T. A lower displacement option, de-rated for 150-180 applications, seems a sensible variant with a massive target market.
One wonders how well the new Turbo Skylane will accelerate on the runway with a 2200 RPM limit. At least the airport noise whiners will have less to bitch about.
Perhaps SMA will be in the future what Lycoming and Continental are no more: well funded, innovative and aggressively marketing new powerplants, without massive a liability tail deterring future innovation. It would seem that is what aviation needs in a macro sense: airframe, propellor, powerplant and avionics manufacturers with big parent companies (read deep pockets) able to bring AFFORDABLY-PRICED products to market that fit the publics' ability to buy them. Let us hope so.
God knows fewer and fewer of us can buy one right now, even if the economy didn't suck.
Why oh why don't they develop a big bore. low compression "world" engine that'll burn the fuel that's available world-wide - autogas.
Maybe the Chinese will do what we can't seem to be able to do here in the U.S.
They sure don't have 100ll in China.
The Dinosaurs will ride those 550s & 520s right into extinction