Thanks for the thoughtful comments. Follow up question:
It sounds like the wisdom of the crowd is suggesting:
- 4 seat electric GA plane
- Experimental FAA status (Bruce)
- With IC range extender (Andy) to keep range parity
- Based on DA40 rather than SR22 (Wally) for improved efficiency
Is this the plane we should make instead of our original SR22 plan? If this plane existed today, would you (A) sign up immediately, (B) sign up if xyz conditions were met, or © think no, still not exciting?
Thanks again – this is really eye opening.
PS: Ross, yes you’re right, sorry about that – I meant a 30% reduction in overall operating costs because of a 5x reduction in fuel costs (assuming fuel costs are 40% of overall opex – is that correct for GA missions?).
PPS: Ken, another good idea – will see what McMaster has in stock and report back
PPPS: John, clean sheet is in the works – we’re considering this because we want to have something to learn from as a start!