Maybe I'm not the only one that's nuts?

Of course, I'd have to get that RV-10 kit finished in the meantime?

Bill Howard
N1927W 1973 Sport 150
Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director

----- Original Message -----
From: 'Tom Lawson' <>
To: <>
Sent: Mon Oct 10 7:59
Subject: Fwd: RE: BEST Idea I have had this year...


Thanks for your inquiry about the Innodyn Turbine.

As you know, Firewall Forward recently established a relationship with
Innodyn to provide firewall forward kits to builders.

At this point, we are in the engineering stages of development for the kit.
We are shooting for introduction to the market by February, '06.

Preliminary price estimates are in the $ 8K to $12K range (complete with a
carbon fiber cowling). Obviously, some kits will be simpler, but we are
envisioning induction, fuel, electrical, exhaust, engine mounts, heating,
cooling, and probes with wires to the firewall. You'll need to provide the
engine and the prop. The kits will be complete with detailed drawings and

Please stay in touch. I'll put you on our e-mail update list and keep you
posted on our progress.

Best Regards,

Tom Lawson


From: Bill Howard [','','','')">]
Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:22 PM
Subject: BEST Idea I have had this year...


Is this possible? An Innodyne 165HP or 180HP turbine on a Beech Musketeer,

150 or Sundowner airframe, or 200HP for the Musketeer Super model and the


The power upgrades for the Beech AeroCenter aircraft are non-existant, but

are several thousand very loyal owners of Musketeer, Sport, Sierra and


These owners soldier on maintaining and upgrading their aircraft, which we

believe to be the best-built 4 place aircraft ever made.

Many members of early Musketeers have Continental O-346 engines that are

very hard to find parts, especially crankshafts and cases.

Others, like myself, have an airframe rated for up to 200HP and 2,700# GW,

performance limited by the O-320-E3D 150HP engine and inefficient

propeller, and have difficulty taking off and climbing even at a limited

of 2,150#.

As I stated, ther are no STCs for power upgrades for our model aircraft.

I understand that this type of upgrade would place my aircraft in an

Class. But as I, and most of my flying Musketeer Owner friends, would be

unlikely to sell our aircraft in the future, IF we had sufficient power from

dependable inexpensive to maintain engine burning available fuels. The

Experimental designation might not be a detraction at all! AND everyone
with an

piston-powered aircraft is aware of the very limited future for 100LL fuel!

So, if you could discuss this project with your associates, the over 500

of the Beech Aero Club ( and 2,500 registered owners

Aerocenter Aircraft would be very interested in your conclusions.

Congratulations on your new association with Innodyne. This partnership

represent the future for those of us who own 'Orphaned' aircraft with

(and certainly old technology) engines, but would never think of selling


Bill Howard


N1927W 1973 Sport 150

Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director


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