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

BeechSportBill

N1927W 1973 Sport 150

Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director





----- Original Message -----

From: 'Tom Lawson' <tlawson@firewallforward.com>

To: <bhoward@bmi.net>

Sent: Mon Oct 10 7:59

Subject: Fwd: RE: BEST Idea I have had this year...









Bill,



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

instructions.



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



800-444-0556









From: Bill Howard [bhoward@bmi.net','','','')">bhoward@bmi.net]

Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:22 PM

To: tlawson@firewallforward.com; bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org

Cc: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com

Subject: BEST Idea I have had this year...



Sir:







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

Sport



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

Sierra



retractable?







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

there



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

Sundowner



aircraft.







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

all



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







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

becoming



very hard to find parts, especially crankshafts and cases.







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

but



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

fixed-pitch



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

maximum



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

Experimental



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

very



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

a



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

members



of the Beech Aero Club (www.beechaeroclub.org) and 2,500 registered owners

of



Aerocenter Aircraft would be very interested in your conclusions.







Congratulations on your new association with Innodyne. This partnership

could



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

obsolete



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

them!







Sincerely,







Bill Howard



BeechSportBill



N1927W 1973 Sport 150



Beech Aero Club NorthWest Region Director



541-938-8314











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