Let’s just say that you own a flight school in a huge and major market and you feel a need for a new multi-engine trainer. If you’re completely determined to buy new, you have only one choice, really, for a dedicated twin trainer, the Piper Seminole. (The diesel-powered Austrian Diamond Twin Star isn’t expected to be available until later this month.) The Seminole, basically a T-tailed, twin-engine Piper Arrow, is a fine little airplane, simple and easy to fly, but the plane’s average-equipped, out-the-door price of $450,000 may give some buyers pause. Now, imagine that there was an alternative airplane available for at least $100,000 less, and it offers you a considerably larger cabin, a bit more payload, perhaps the same or better performance, similar operating and handling economics and even more benign flight characteristics.
Well, there is—sort of. It’s called the Geronimo. Although it’s not a totally new kind of airplane, it’s about as nice a remanufactured light twin as you can buy. “Remanufactured” is the key word. It means that the airplane is essentially rebuilt from the ground up with new or reconditioned parts.