Allegro 2000 & 2007 - 2 Surprising Reasons Why You Might Like This LSA
When it comes to buying a Light Sport Aircraft, there is no shortage of options and models to choose from. The problem is you have to make sure you get the right one. Some are slow, some look bad & others are probably not even of interest to you.
The great thing about the Allegro is the fact that it is nice looking, performs very well and is priced so that most pilots or LSA pilots can own one.
IMPORTANT: The Allegro was originally build and designed by Fantasy Air which was a Czech company. It was then produced in the USA by Allegro LSA. So just make sure you get the right one. Fantasy Air did produce a lot of kit airplanes over the years and you want to make sure you get the LSA approved Allegro vs a kit airplane.
2 Things Every Pilot Should Know About Buying An Allegro Aircraft
First - It Is Priced Very! (But Be Careful - Here's Why)
The great thing about the Allegro is the fact that you can get one for a really good price. If you are looking for a used one, you might have some troubles as there are not of used models on the market right now.
In fact, I was only able to find one 2000 version for sale on the used market. The owner was asking $61,000 USD.(1) This used model was in great shape and had about 675TT hours on it. So that is not a bad price for a used model. Keep in mind that this was for the 2000 version and not the 2007 version.
I could not find one 2007 version on the used market at the time of this writing. And if you are an owner or prospective owner of one of these airplanes, you have to realize that this is probably a good thing.
The IMPORTANT Thing About LOW Used Inventory Levels
If no one is selling their used models, then the chances are pretty good that they are happy with them. The worst thing to see in regards to an airplane is a flood of used ones for sale. Sure you will get one that is cheap, but what if you want to resell yours and you have to take a massive hit on it because their are tons for sale?
The last pricing I could find on the Allegro 2007 model is $81,000 USD for a new one.(2) It did have a date of 2008 on the order form, so just check with the manufacture on the current price. But that is pretty good as well. Most of the LSA airplanes are priced a lot higher then that as far as new pricing goes, so that is a good price.
Second - The Engines Are Awesome (But for a different reason)
The thing I like about the Allegro airplanes is the fact that they are running on Rotax engines. (Rotax 912 UL or Rotax 912 S UL). One of the problems with some of the LSA manufactures is that they use engines that are so obscure that if something major ever happened, it would be a full time job finding parts.
And that is why the Rotax is such a great engine. Sure it has a long history of being VERY reliable & it is popular, but the great thing about it is that you can easily get parts for it in most parts of the world.
But with a Rotax - you should easily find parts as this engine is in a lot of LSA airplanes and the company is very large and has been around for a really long time.
A lot of pilots don't think about this issue when they are buying an aircraft. They are delusional because they are in the mindset of "buying" and not "fixing". That is fine, but you need to realize that eventually if you keep your bird long enough - your going to have to fix it or update it.
And when you need parts, your going to likely be very glad that you had a Rotax engine as you should be able to find those parts without a problem. Not only that, it should not be very hard to find an aircraft mechanic who knows how to fix the engine. These are pretty common engines now days - so that should not be a problem for you.
Don't Forget About THIS
Rotax has been building and designing high performance engines for a long time. Not only do they make airplane engines, but they are into all kinds of other things like motorcycles, snowmobiles & personal watercraft's.
And the great thing about that is - those are all very high performance machines. So, they have done a good job at figuring out how to make high performance engines.
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References: #1 - Sourced 02/17/2012 http://www.aviationclassifieds.com/viewads.php?ads_id=17379
References: #2 - Sourced 02/17/2012 http://b-bar-daviation.com/images/documents/2008_customer.pdf
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