Author Topic: Current market trends  (Read 2788 times)

mrhelio

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Current market trends
« on: November 17, 2010, 07:35:13 AM »
For the categories of single engine STOL, aircraft currently available anywhere has hit all time lows for acquisition. Kodiak has slowed to a crawling pace for new deliveries and it's future remains to be seen. Viking Aircraft who retrofit the Beaver, Otter, and Twin Otter are for the most part in a very unique position to upgrade these airplanes to turbine power and that market specifically belongs to Canada and Alaska. If you have been browsing through various aviation marketplaces, check the current used prices for Cessna 180/185, Aviat Husky, Top Cub, Beaver, and Maule. These are direct competitors to the Helio Courier/ Super Courier vying for a spot on the owners Part 91/135 charter list or the owners backyard. This market is one that holds a specific niche for the owner/operator that makes for less than 5% of the total general aviation fleet.
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mrhelio

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Re: Current market trends
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010, 01:00:46 PM »
Part Two:

Given the current resale prices for all the above named aircraft, the Helio is well within the reach of all STOL utility working aircraft except the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver that are over-priced for their performance margins. If you stuff 6000 pounds in a Beaver you no longer have a STOL airplane, and it burns about 40 GPH taking two football fields to go the other direction. The Helio Stallion is the all-star short-fielder here, but are no longer produced and never will be. Current market for a well equipped Cessna 185 with 4200 hours TTAF is $95,000-$165,000..