Author doing research in need of pro advice

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  1. Zeldman

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    OUCH.!!! :rofl: (sorry, not funny but could not help laughing...)

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    I think maybe a little too close.
     
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    First time I flew a Twin Comanche I had never been in one before and there was no one to check me out in it. As I was currently flying Navajos at the time ad I didn't think it too scary of a proposition to fly a Twinkie. Read the manual, understood the system as I had flown single Comanches, and just did it. I didn't break it.
     
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    Please have someone with aviation credentials review those portions of your text that deal with the aircraft, flying, and procedures in general. I developed a relatioship with Marcia Muller after gently chiding her about some real clangers back when her protagonist, Sharon McCone , was learning to fly. Marcia even put me into one of her books (Both Ends of the Night) as an airport manager.

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    Oh my. I was hoping for 1 answer - IF any at all. And what I got this overwhelming response. Thank you, everyone, I am going to go through every single of your replies but I want to thank you all! :)
     
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    Wow. This got my creative juices flowing - is it possible to BUILD a plane that one can fly legally? I don't need no details (right now), but is it possible?
     
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    Hi Kristin, so my character is a commercial pilot on an airline - I plan to use one that was operating at that time (probably AA). I'm not looking to be a hundred percent accurate historically - it is a work of fiction after all. What I'm after here is a plane this guy is flying in his spare time - this aircraft is not commercial, it's what he flies for a hobby (he doesn't have a great marriage, you see) :) He is "parking" it (I'm really sorry for the choice of words at this moment, but I'll get it right for the book, I promise) in a hangar near his home in Santa Barbara. Is there anything you'd say would be fundamentally wrong with this scenario?
     
  8. Chip Sylverne

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    Fear is the poison of our lives.
    Of the working ATP's I know who own, one has a Citabria and and an Archer, one has a Lancair, and one a Grumman Tiger.

    Does your guy have money, other than his pilot's salary?
     
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    Hahaha. Well, I can tell you as much that my character won't have time to kill before a flight by taking a jog to Martha's Vineyard (or anywhere else for that matter - Disneyland? LOL). He will fly with his daughter on "adventure flights" and alienate his wife by ding so.. eek. I'm probably telling too much. But this was a fun read even for a total rookie :)
     
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    Very good advice. I am currently in the UK and with little experience or options to fly out to Cali atm. But might reach out to some of the local airports anyways - THANKS :)
     
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    Nope, not a pilot (yet). HA it's something I'm intrigued by but unfortunately no clue here. Headwinds/tail winds don't tell me much :( What I'm mostly after is a plane to fly out of Santa Barbara to SF.
     
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    That was my question - if it is common for pilots to casually fly an aircraft they never flew before?
     
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    YES :) A big-ish inheritance. That's the beauty of fiction. Citabria & Grumman Tiger look interesting. Would these planes fly from Santa Barbara to SF?
     
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    This sounds
    This looks like what I'm after. Gee so many models, I need to look them up in more detail. Thank you for your advice :)
     
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    Two things. "Twinkie" is for sure something that would sound great, I'll look up the plane. Second - the doggo in your pic looks almost too comfy - that's life :sleep: :)
     
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    HAHAH this made me reconsider the outline!! Without revealing too much, the mission is quite simple. My man has a mediocre marriage but an awesome relationship with his daughter (pre-teen). He loves to spend time "in the air", it's the only place where he feels at peace. He takes his kid on "adventure flights", watching the sunset or flying at night, observing the twinkling cities below them.

    But I'm afraid there is no gazebo wedding involved :(
     
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    Fear is the poison of our lives.
    Tiger, sure. Citabria yes, but it's more a fun than traveling machine.

    Lancair, you betcha. Sleek, fast, comfortable. More like a Porsche. It's a meticulously built airplane he bought from an old mechanic friend who likes building perfect airplanes more than flying them, and had a bespoke interior installed that fit's like a Saville Row suit.

    I mean, if he's a rich guy....
     
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    Jaden, this bunch would write the book for you if you would let them. LOL
     
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    It just dawned on me that the commercial pilot in your story might want to make a distinction between nautical miles and statute miles.
     
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    One of my neighbors, a retired United 747-400 captain who loves to fly GA airplanes has owned a Luscombe Silvair, a Lake amphibian, a turbo Cessna 337 Riley Rocket, a normally aspirated Cessna 210, and a Cessna 172 over the years. All but the 337 were single engine. Scott Crossfield had a 210. If I were writing the novel, I think the pilot would be flying a 210.
     
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    Yes. Totally a thing. There is a whole subforum here called "Home Builders and Sport Pilots"...

    To learn more about it, I would start with an organization called the "Experimental Aircraft Association" or EAA: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building

    Maybe your character would like an "RV", or a "Kitfox"? (Not sure what would've been around in the 80's.). A lot of home-built airplanes are two-seaters, but not all. It takes gobs and gobs of time and effort to build a plane (time spent in the garage/hangar escaping the boring marriage maybe?). Some would say it is the ultimate expression of a passion for aviation.
     
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    Whew! That is why I often skim the last chapter before I buy a book. :D

    I fly for an airline, and own a twin engine Piper Seneca II. Flying for work is not “always” enjoyable, but flying my own airplane is. In fact, when the airline industry was in crisis, flying my airplane reminded me that flying still can be fun. Flying GA is relaxing and therapeutic, indeed.

    And yes, Piper Seneca (so can most other airplanes) can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. Flying to Santa Barbara for Sunday Brunch at the Elephant Bar was one of my favorite things to do in the 80s.

    My other airline pilot friends and colleagues own: Cessna: 172, 180, 182; Beechcraft: Bonanza, Debonaire, Baron; Piper: Cherokee, Arrow, Seneca; Citabria; Aero L-39; and Mig 16. They were all in existence in the 80s.
     
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    You bet. I'm still flying the airplane I finished 19 years ago and am building another airplane. There is a whole branch of aviation dedicated to building your own aircraft.
     
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    Nothing fundamentally wrong. Is he using the airplane to commute to his flying job? Santa Barbara might be a bit pricey for an airline pilot unless he is older and senior. Airline pilots often like to get fairly fair out of the rat race and can often be found in the Sierra foothill towns or more out of the way coastal towns, though it is plausible to set them almost anywhere. If you have questions you want answered less publicly, my email is kristin at the aviatrix dot com or PM me here.
     
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    Cessna 195!
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    How 'bout a Bellanca Super Viking? Wooden wing, 160 knots and a range of more than 900 nm. Love those little fairings for the main gear that house the landing lights.

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    Oh yeah! Check out Van's aircraft for a whole roster of Experimental aircraft kits. Many other kit manufacturers out there but Van's can boast that more than 10,000 of their aircraft have been built and flown. Here's mine...a Van's RV-9A. The build took about 22 months in my two-car garage, then about five months of final assembly in the hangar. Proudly performing $100 breakfast runs since Feb. 2016.

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    Something I don't think has been mentioned yet...

    Since you are in the UK you may not be aware that it would be unusual for a small general aviation airplane to land at San Francisco International airport (SFO). More likely a GA pilot headed that way would choose to land at San Carlos (SQL) a few miles south and take a taxi into the city.

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    If I were writing a professional pilot in the 80s, I would go with:

    Single, no family, has some money:
    Bellanca Viking
    Mooney M20J

    Smart, no kids (may be married), old enough to have spent 3-5 years building:
    Thorp T18
    If it's late 80s (87-89), then an RV-4

    No kids, flying something flashy, old enough to have spent 3-5 years building:
    Rutan Quickie Q2/Q200 (Late 80s)
    Rutan VariEZe (Early 80s)

    Has a family:
    Cessna 182
    Piper Cherokee 6

    Generally Broke/Early in Career:
    Cessna 150
    Grumman Yankee
     
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    I totally agree with you! I started questioning myself after a few replies! :)
     
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    Ummm, his bad. I'll tell him!
     
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    Hi Stan, why would you choose the Cessna 210? Any particular reason?
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. BUILDING a plane requires a real passion (or a good paycheck) :) I'm leaning towards this at the moment, but I really need it to fly 2 people. Another user suggested the EAA too, I'm checking them out and doing some more research on home-built planes. Never heard of it before this and it sounds super exciting. Thank you!
     
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    Consider a Long EZ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutan_Long-EZ The kit was introduced in 1976 and the first one flew in 1979. It would fit well with your 1980s setting, it seats two people, and it's a very cool, unique aircraft.

    It was designed by Burt Rutan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Rutan . Burt is himself a unique and cool character and might make a neat cameo appearance for your book.
     
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    The later (mid-seventies and newer) C-210s provide a fast, stable, reliable ride that's roomy, has great handling, and an enviable safety record. There are also turbocharged (T210) and pressurized (P210) versions as well as an STC'd turboprop mod (P210 Silver Eagle). In spite of the fact that my current airplane is low wing, I like high wing airplanes because of ease of entry/exit, downward visibility, and freedom to move around under the wing in the hangar.

    My opinion is just one of many worthy suggestions offered up in this thread.
     
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    As others have said above, yes... there are many thousands of homebuilt airplanes flying, to the point that they're a significant percentage of the general aviation fleet nowadays. Also, most of those homebuilts are on their second or third owner, so even if your hero didn't build his airplane, it may well be a plane built by somebody else. Homebuilts can include WWI replicas, ultralights, 1930s inspired biplanes, modern aerobatic planes (what non pilots call "stunt planes", fast sleek traveling machines, and anything in between.

    If it's a rental, no, as the renter would require a checkout. But for privately owned planes, it's quite possible, and of course necessary in a single seater (I've owned four).
     
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    Cessna Skymaster. Very capable plane. Period correct. Very unusual design to make the character and plane more interesting. Most importantly - high wing!
     
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    Guys, I so want to thank everyone for your replies, I am so surprised by the amount & the detail of your replies and so humbled and overwhelmed (seriously - this is not even my Pulitzer prize acceptance speech!!) :) You all have been so friendly AND knowledgeable that I now have a good idea of what I’d like to write and I will let you know once I publish my book. I hope I won’t let you down and that I’ll get my pilot license one day.
     
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    Thank you Stan. Your insight is very much appreciated. And thank you for taking the time :£
     
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    Unless, the pilot is flying out of SFO, and the employer is willing to let the pilot park in either the company hangar or on the side. Then the commute Santa Barbara to SFO works.