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  1. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Just noticed 2 hours ago (2) 2017 new FD's for sale on Barnstormers.
  2. deckofficer

    Thank you

    After reading the comments on this thread, just maybe us baby boomers will give a good infusion of new pilots. I'm in the same boat, prior to retirement didn't have the time or money. I did manage about 15 hours solo in a 150 back in 1982, and a couple hundred hours in hang gliders from 1979 to 1984. Now I plan to get the cart in front of the horse twice. Last month bought a home and hangar in an air park, now I need to find a plane to buy and train in. Cluemeister, here is another aspect to aviation that might be of interest to you, it is for me, and that is back country flying and camping. https://www.backcountrypilot.org/forum
  3. deckofficer

    New Garin Portable - Aera 660

    Valid point. I participate on a number of aviation forums, and if the postings reflect an accurate cross section of aircraft owners, then Garmin is losing market share to ifly. Some bought the ifly because of display brightness, some because of price, and others went with the ifly and the ADS-B bundle, but all have given glowing pireps of ifly on the forums. It just might be ifly is a better and less expensive mousetrap and Garmin is responding to the competition. In the automotive GPS market, Garmin is competitively priced, but I think they have been overpriced in the aviation market due to lack of competition. Just consider this, the single most expensive component is the display, and going by the YouTube videos, the resolution and brightness (1300 nit) of ifly sets it apart from all others. Here is a page of pireps of the ifly https://www.iflygps.com/PIREPs.aspx
  4. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Part of the price increase would be the injected 912 iS 100 hp over the 80 hp I would go with. 80 hp is plenty and when overhaul time comes go to Elko, Nevada for the Zipper big bore jugs and slugs for 114 hp. Or if you want to keep burning regular mogas they have lower compression pistons for the big bore cylinders that takes the 80 hp to 104 hp. Since the SW cruises (75%) at 133 kt on 80 hp, and 147 kt on 100 hp, the low compression big bore would be just fine.
  5. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    I don't know how the Virus SW's were decked out, but retail to a private customer is $93,483.00 plus probably around $3000 shipping to States. I've been through the very long option list and for what I would want, add another $20K. I've never seen a price or option list for the FD, but from what I have heard a similar equipped FD is more.
  6. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Neither does Pipistrel offer "a stripped down kit-like plane", it was their Virus SW, not their Alpha Trainer.
  7. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    I understand at this time Tom is busier than a one armed paper hanger with jock itch, but would love for him to comment. What do you say Tom, from one early birdman to another.........
  8. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Not so weird considering both Tom and Ivo started with weight shift powered trikes about 35 years ago. Ivo Boscarol had it a bit tougher since Yugoslavia (later to become Slovenia) outlawed this type of aviation.
  9. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Your correct on both counts. The beginnings of Pipistrel so closley match Tom's beginnings, had they been in position to enter US LSA market at the same time as FD did, Tom might have gone with them.
  10. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Andy, good observation. I also wonder if they had their Italy facility at the birth of LSA, allowing them into the US market instead of being shut out due to being in Slovenia, would their numbers here be the same as FD? Timing is everything in such a fickle, high stakes market as aviation.
  11. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Too bad FD didn't get the India Air Force contract for 194 trainers, worth over $15 mil. Pipistrel did on Oct 13 2015, and full delivery by last quarter of 2016*. I do wonder if FD made a bid but either couldn't better the $78,987 USD per unit, or couldn't produce the numbers in the given time frame? http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/india-signs-deal-for-194-micro-light-planes-with-slovenian-firm-pipistrel/150244/ * Correct to 3 years, thanks CT4ME for the heads up.
  12. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    Not in this case, remember the Virus SW has a Vb of 130 kts. That is a lot of green arc.
  13. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    100Hamburger, I believe the main reason for the numbers here in the States being so lopsided, is Slovenia doesn't have reciprocal agreements with the USA for aircraft certification. Very recently, Pipistrel which is located near the border of Italy, opened a facility there for the assembly of the LSA version and Italy has the agreements in place with the US. IMHO, had Pipistrel been able to enter the US LSA market at the same time as FD, a lot of the forum members would be flying the Virus SW LSA.
  14. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    The proof is in the results of the NASA challenge. The 2008 event was entered by a local, about 15 miles from me. His Virus SW N2471P is registered Experimental-Glider. Entry fee is $3000, so his plane's performance will decide if this was just an expensive fly-in/event, or will he leave with some extra coin in his pocket. Overall Win paid him $50,000 The CAFE 400 Prize (speed and fuel consumption) paid $2000 Take off distance over 50 foot obstacle paid $3750 Angle of climb paid $3750 Cabin Noise (prize shared with Lambada) $1875 The Green prize (fuel consumption) title only Top speed title only The best climb rate task title only. $3000 to enter, $61,375 won, not a bad return considering going in they new the competition was going to be the light European Flight Design offering. FD did pick up $7500 in prize money and what was discussed earlier, $3750 of that amount was for lowest flyable speed. Kinda drives home the point Andy was making about the stall speed being fudged a bit on the Pip.
  15. deckofficer

    Flight Design insolvency

    I'm sorry. I started this thread drift so if an admin wants to bundle it up and move it, might I suggest the topic header as "Flight Design vs. Pipistrel". When I do a google search wanting to read comparisons between aircraft X and aircraft Y, that is how I input the search, i.e. "Ch-701 vs Savannah".
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