Industry News

January 2010 Issue

Next Dimension Mod: Cirrus Upgrades

With the market flooded with used SR22s, Next Dimensionís offering would upgrade them with turbochargers and Avidyneís Release 9 EFIS.

Operating on the premise that good airframes are forever, companies have, from time to time, offered major upgrades and mods that turn the old into the new. Some have been successful, such as RAM Aircraftís twin Cessna engine upgrades or Rocket Engineeringís Malibu turbine redo, but many have not. Itís not that the upgrades donít perform, but that buyers just donít sense an obvious price/value connection. This conundrum frames the challenge that a new company called Next Dimension Aircraft will face in introducing whatís one of the most ambitious mod projects weíve seen to date. We define "ambitious" as a modification whose costs come close to or exceed the value of the airframe.

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