March 2000 Issue
We’ve seen the future and you can just about buy it. Thus far, electronic engine controls look promising.
Among the many reasons would-be owners have for not buying new airplanes, the one we’re most sick of hearing is the complaint about stale technology. You know it by heart:
“For cryin’ out loud, those idiots in [fill in the aircraft manufacturing city of your choice] have been building the same old crap for 30 years, no wonder the industry is in the tank.”
Sidestepping the chicken-and-egg argument about whether new ideas stimulate the market or whether demand spurs progress, one thing is certain: The new-age, electronically managed powerplant the NASA nerds have been flogging for years is actually close at hand. Indeed, you can probably buy one before the end of the year....
To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.
Subscribe to Aviation Consumer
Aviation Consumer is the independent online source for impartial and uncompromising evaluations of aircraft, avionics, accessories, equipment and more.
Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.
Subscriber Log In
Forgot your password? Click Here.