Industry News

January 2010 Issue

Next Dimension Mod: Cirrus Upgrades

With the market flooded with used SR22s, Next Dimension’s offering would upgrade them with turbochargers and Avidyne’s 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 Aircraft’s twin Cessna engine upgrades or Rocket Engineering’s Malibu turbine redo, but many have not. It’s not that the upgrades don’t perform, but that buyers just don’t sense an obvious price/value connection. This conundrum frames the challenge that a new company called Next Dimension Aircraft will face in introducing what’s one of the most ambitious mod projects we’ve 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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