Aircraft Suggestion

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by acropilot, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. acropilot

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    I am looking into purchasing an aircraft and was looking for some suggestions. I know that one aircraft will not completely fulfill all of my needs. Here is what I am looking for:
    -about 80% of my flights will be within 100nm of my home airport.
    -the other 20% will likely be within 400nm.
    -I would like two seats, do not need 4.
    -Cruise around 110-130
    -Aerobatic, I am looking to start competing in aerobatics (I have aerobatic experience 30hrs or so), but have yet to compete. I don't need an MX2, but would prefer more aerobatic than say a Citabria.
    -I'm also going to fly formation in the aircraft, so the more visibility the better.
    -I love tailwheel aircraft, but tri-gear is ok. (have about 60hrs or so, J3, 8KCAB, Great Lakes)
    -Would like to be able to keep IFR current in the aircraft, but there are plenty of rentals available.
    Can you give your top 2 or 3 suggestions?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    decathlon perhaps?
     
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    want 200k too?

    Globe Swift

    http://barnstormers.com/classified_477534_1946+GLOBE+SUPER+SWIFT.html
     
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    You didn't mention price range, but since you seem to want some all-around capability, none does this better than an RV. You could outfit an RV-4/6/7/8 with an oil accumulator and air/oil separator (half Raven system) or full inverted Raven/Christen (no accumulator) and have an extremely capable airplane that will blow away 110-130 and still be perfectly capable up to the Sportsman Category. Lots of RV's fly formation. Just great airplanes. Except for a Pitts/Extra/MX, puts anything built in a factory to shame.
     
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    I agree, a -7 for experimental and a Super D for certified.
     
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    Wouldn't work for competition aerobatics.
     
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    CAP-10B

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    Wouldn't work well, anyway. Neither does a T-28, but there's hella fun at contests involving guys who don't give a rat's ass about percentage points and just have a good time with the flights...definitely breaks up the monotony of all those Pitts/Extras. :D
     
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    That'd be great but for the competition aerobatics thing - You can't legally spin a Swift. :(

    An Extra 300 fits all of your mission parameters, I think.
     
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    In three budgets lowest to highest...

    Starduster Too

    CJ-6

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    RV8 or Harmon Rocket.
     
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    I would also recommend the Super D, unless you want to compete above Sportsman. An acquaintance of mine just won Sportsman at this year's Nationals in his Super D and he came in first in several chapter contests this year in the Sportsman category. He also enjoys traveling in his Super D.

    I don't know how many Super D's are IFR certified.
     
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    Thanks for the input so far...

    Does anyone have any experience with any of the following:

    -Zlin 242L
    -One Design DR-109
    -PZL M-26
    -Extra 200

    FYI: The majority of my formation flying will be with Yak 52s and CJ6s.

    Thanks
     
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    Piper Warrior 161 , if you want Cert Plane. 4 people and does nothing fancy. Mine flys like a dream. Dave
     
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    Including aerobatics.
     
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    Missed that Kent, but i dont do that anyway
     
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    I'd buy or build an RV 6,7 or 8.. for that sort of mission. In the long run will be much cheaper too, if you learn to maintain it and have a good working relationship with an A&P for your annuals.
     
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    an IAR 823 flies nicely with yaks and cjs and it goes further on a tank of gas... lands on grass too.. and +6/-3 airframe
     
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    If flying formation with CJs is a major goal, why not get a Yak 53 or CJ6? Dissimilar types can make for problems, especially if you do any formation acro as the plane's response to climbs and dives will be different.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies so far...

    PittsDriver, I was wondering why you suggested an RV-6 as compared to a -6 or -8.

    Also, any experience with any of the suggestions, other than the Super-D, as I am familiar with it, would be appreciated....

    -One Design DR-109
    -PZL M-26
    -Extra 200