July 2004 Issue

The Dual-Pump Fiasco

The normal rules of supply and demand don’t seem to apply to all things related to aviation. There’s an explanation for this and a couple of years ago, I heard Alan Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus, summarize it: flying is so much fun that many of us are willing to pay anything to do it.

Perhaps that explains why aviation cottage industry businesses come and go like the weather and, ever the enthusiasts, we sometimes buy the products of these companies in the blind hope that they’ll be around to support whatever dingbat gadget we thought was good idea when the VISA card was unsheathed.

Sadly, our hopes are occasionally dashed. This month’s poster child for a good-idea-gone-bad is the Aero Adva...

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