I own an airplane. It flys on an engine designed in the 1940s or so (though it's a dash version so it has some later enhancements). It's a 540 in^3, 305 horsepower horizontally opposed air-cooled six cylinder engine. The engine has a TBO of 1600 hours (though, in private use, I can fly past this if the insurance company has verification that oil analysis, compression, etc. are ok). But the key thing is that it's a certified engine. I replaced it with a remanufactured zero time engine in 2005 (this was more cost effective than having it rebuilt and minimized the airplane's down time). The cost was $36,000. I allocate $18.00/hour to engine overhaul reserve.
This may be able to be whittled down somewhat but there is zero chance of doing it for $8,000.
It will, at least from a practical point. I depends if the rotor housings have to be replaced. If so, then it's a full teardown and that will be more than 1K. If not, it might be a bit less. I think a big part of the cost may be the labor - depending on how service-friendly they make things. If they ever make anything at all...
Not with the cost of operation. Remember that's EIGHT engines to be overhauled every 2000 hours, not to mention all the other things which will keep this vehicle in the same economic class as the light helicopter.
Correct it will be for the above average common folks when it sells for $50k or so.....but at first you will need $800k-$1M to buy the first several hundred to thousand units off the production line.....and you think this person wants to stay at Red roof inn?
I'm going to say it now: this is nothing. There will be no deal.
Moe is so disorganized and broke he can't even put one vehicle in the air. He has no working, proven engine. What is it exactly then, thet this un-named Chinese company is buying into?
They don't need Moe for anything.
The usual warning markers are present in the press releases. They are a symptom of Moe's penchant for trying to jump to the finish line without actually running the race. When you aee things like "with showrooms and a five-star hotel" mixed in, you know it's just more BS.