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  •  I've read some articles lately... (7+ / 0-)

    ...stating that with the cost of avgas, turboprops are, for the first time, close to becoming the most economic platform for recreational pilots.   The cost of the turbines themselves is way down, and the amount of thrust generated per unit of fuel consumed is far greater than with piston.  The extra cost is close to offsetting itself.  

    Another option is kit planes that use automotive engines and can run on regular unleaded.  

    Third option is a return to diesel, ala the Germans in WWII.   There is one company that is building diesel powerplants for retrofit into experimental class GA aircraft.  

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