Patient Customers Stand Behind Company
Although delivery dates have been pushed back (the company told AVweb a year ago that it hoped to be shipping within a month) at least one customer remains confident he'll (one day) have an Innodyn turbine pulling his RV-10. Dave Talley said the company called him last month to arrange delivery of his engine but he asked them to hang on to it since he doesn't even have the airframe kit, yet. Talley said the phone call indicates to him that the company is, indeed, finally ready to ship. "I think they're the real deal," he said. Even though the turbine will likely use more fuel, Innodyn says fuel burn is a lot better than most people expect, but, this time, gave no numbers (we've previously been told 7 gph per 100 hp) and said that the extra cost will be more than offset by the anticipated lower maintenance costs. Talley said he visited the Innodyn plant in Pennsylvania a year ago. He said he was impressed by the operation ("We were really impressed with everything we saw," he said) but he couldn't elaborate because Innodyn made him sign a non-disclosure agreement before allowing him to tour the plant. Talley said that beyond the technical challenges, which he said the company appears to have well in hand, insurance could become an issue.