Al Marsh

Sales are hot on the ramp

June 7, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Sorry for the continued reference to heat, but it’s hot in Frederick, Md., today, the day of the AOPA Fly-In. Maybe that is why there are actual sales taking place right at the show. People are making quick purchases to get out of the heat. If you are reading this after visiting AOPA today, do you remember the decked-out Diamond DA-40 XLS with synthetic vision? It’s sold, the one that burns only 9.5 gallons per hour yet goes 145-150 knots true airspeed. It was sold at the show but the dealer said it was sort of set up in advance. Two nice gentlemen who met on a Diamond Web site designed to bring group owners together just purchased the aircraft you drooled over for $363,193. Although theirs is a two-owner partnership, diamondshare.net is designed to bring three owners together. Each (in a three-way deal) will pay $25,000 to $30,000, and each will then have an $800 per month payment and a new airplane. If that isn’t enough (do I sound like a salesman?) Diamond feels your financial pain and offers help with the first year of ownership. That is to say, if you are one of the next 30 Diamond customers, you’ll get $3,500 towards insurance the first year of ownership, free oil changes and a free annual inspection, $5,000 towards fuel, and $2,000 towards training. That’s only for the first year and only for 30 aircraft. Miss either one of those targets and you’ll miss out on the one-year-ownership-free (well, almost, you still have to hangar it, don’t you?). There. Hot news from a hot ramp, but I already covered the hot part.

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