October 2013 Issue
Redbird's Redhawk: Like New at a Used Price
Redbird wants to reset trainer aircraft economics by refitting older Skyhawks with a Centurion diesel. At higher TBRs, the numbers pencil out.
For at least two decades, the airframe manufacturers have relegated new trainers to the why bother? category. The market is so moribund that the last truly consequential trainer, other than LSAs, was Diamonds DA20 Katana, a 1995 intro that was a lukewarm seller at best. Sooner or later, this was going to be fixed and in Redbirds new Redhawk Skyhawk diesel conversion, maybe later has actually arrived, at least as an incremental step forward.
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