I have been up to their production facility and done alot of research into this bird. Roomy, tough, easy to load, lots of horsepower. The wing seems to be built for heavy lifting as opposed to cruise performance or short field, they wanted it to appeal to commercial operators. This company used to be called found aircraft and their reputation among northern operators is very good. The found Bushhawk was a solid working plane and popular with folks looking for an easier plane to load and work than the 185.
They say (expedition) that if a new 185 were certified today that the current certification procedures would mean the 185's performance numbers would be reduced, that the numbers for the Expedition are real world, and the original numbers for 185 were more theoretical, ideal conditions. Don't know if there is any truth to this.
They were taking orders for this plane a few years ago for $465,000. I am sure its north of that now. They are also way behind on production. This bird was supposed to be out years ago, they basically build one a month in a small shop.
I love my 185, but there's many things I envy about this plane. Price and fuel burn are not among them though.
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