Flying your own plane to work

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by jd21476, Jan 31, 2020.

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Who flies to work instead of drives?

  1. I use my airplane to commute to work regularly

    17.3%
  2. I only use my airplane for work trips but not for commuting on a regular basis

    37.0%
  3. None of the above

    45.7%
  1. Rgbeard

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    Was your office near here?

    My wife worked for Morgan Stanley, later Merrill Lynch out of the same office here on Mission. Just a couple of blocks from the runway.

    Romantic thought to fly there a lot, but I don't miss the Fallbrook airport. A 2,100' runway that has a high penalty for failure. It even caught the locally-based CAP by surprise, and they flipped a 182.
     
  2. Sac Arrow

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    Bro do you even lift
    After I wrecked my 1200RT, I replaced it with a Concours C14. I really liked the RT a lot better even though it was slower. Better wind protection, better slow speed handling, cruise control, light throttle and clutch pulls. The Connie was just heavy, and top heavy. It was a chore to whip u-turns on. A 400 pound top heavy sportbike I don't mind. A 600+ pound one, ugh.

    And the main reason for riding was for commuting. If I wasn't flying to the Bay Area, I was riding if the weather was reasonable, to take advantage of lane sharing and HOV use. But now the local toll roads require motorcycles to have a Fastrack, and are charged tolls on bridges, so the advantage of riding has gone down significantly.
     
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    A little mud on your license plate should take care of that problem...
     
  4. gkainz

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    @Rgbeard Close ... directly across the street from Dominick's ... 1667 S Mission Rd, corner of S Mission Rd and Rocky Crest, from 1985 to 1990
     
  5. Rgbeard

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    @gkainz - I know that building. Yeah, you were a block closer to the airport than my wife's office was.

    It was a fun place to live.
     
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    UngaWungaaaaa!!!!!Biiiiillllllll!!!!


    You are just wrong on these levels:
    My 1200GS looks like a Big Bad INSECT!
    Riding ergonomics make you feel like a Panzer Commander.
    Look down between you knees and those 2 Cyls remind me of,,,,,,well,,,,,Breasts.
    With my Russell Daylong leather saddle 1000 mi in 1 day is no prob.

    The only other bike that comes close is a ‘77 Norton Commando.
    And please don’t mention racer replicas. OK, Ducati 900 pretty also.

    IMO.
    Regards,
     
  7. N1120A

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    I'd think you'd need something FIKI to make that work.

    Great story. There are several pro wrestlers who fly/flew. Ronnie Garvin is a CMEL and flew all over. Jimmy Garvin actually became a corporate pilot (maybe Net Jets) after retiring from wrestling. If you think about the old territorial system, especially when the territories got a bit larger, it was perfect for light GA.

    I dislike SEE for many reasons, but you definitely can get in there VFR more often. One problem is when ceilings go anything remotely low - like below 800' - you're diverting.

    626 is definitely a great plane. I bought her from Larry because of how much I enjoy flying her. Been up in AUN getting a big panel upgrade for months. I have to settle for the Bonanza, but I prefer flying 626.
     
  8. jd21476

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    You bought 626 from Larry? I offered to buy her about 3 years ago but he wouldnt sell her. Congrats
     
  9. N1120A

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    Yeah. Start of last year. Actually, we've been partners on her and I'm fully taking over. I've been managing partner since joining. Full G3x suite going into the panel.
     
  10. jd21476

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    Nice panel. Larry never said he was a partner on it. But I thought he had another one as well, right?
     
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    He wasn't till last year. He does have another one, which he has at RNM.
     
  12. jd21476

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    Well, congrats on the really nice plane. Maybe Ill see you out and about flying around San Diego
     
  13. Rogue_Ryder

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    Anyone Regularly Commute to work with their plane Along Colorado's Front Range?

    I'm curious because we're talking about moving from Colorado to Wyoming (Gov Polis passing certain laws recently is the main driver for wanting to leave CO). I work next to the Boulder Airport and while we do have a lot of sunny days here, we also have some serious wind and much more so in Cheyenne or Laramie (where we're looking to relocate to). I can sell my modest house here and buy a place with enough land to have my own grass strip up there. Just not sure that we'd have enough days where I could fly to make it practical. The flying wouldn't make or break the deal for me, just curious if anyone else does it or has done it? More than likely I'd get a Cherokee 140 if it were a viable option. As it is, if we can make this move happen I would do 2-3 days in the office with a 3hr round trip in a car (ugh) and Telecommute the other days, so this wouldn't be a 5 day/wk commute.
     
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    Speaking as a controller, Arnold used to commute from SMO to SMF daily M-F in a G-IV. Every morning at 8am they’d be off, and they’d arrive back at SMO about 6pm.
     
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    I feel like a Cherokee 140 wouldn't be a great choice with the high DA.

    Yeah, can't get a G-IV off SMO anymore. Wonder if he still has that plane?
     
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    Since the thread came back, I’ll mention this. I live 15’ from my main office and like 3 miles from the corporate office.

    however right now I will probably fly to visit clients. Would never have been allowed before but on my trip a couple of weeks ago I was denied entry to the client site because I had used mass transit, including airlines. Now I have a legit reason to fly myself to client sites. Silver lining in every pandemic.
     
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  17. Jmcmanna

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    Actually, he used NetJets! No idea who paid the bill; him or CA.
     
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    He paid the bill. The state would have never done that, rightfully. If anything, the most he would have been reimbursed is what legislators get to fly Southwest, and probably not for flying every day. My guess is he's a NetJets member. I would have thought all that flying he did would have warranted buying a plane. A GIV makes no sense for such a short flight though.
     
  19. Jmcmanna

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    California was bankrupt at the time too (I got an IOU for my state tax refund in 2007), so him paying the bill himself makes sense!
     
  20. Shawn

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    He didn't pay the bill nor did the state...It was all mostly Political Action Committee funded...aka "special interest" donations

    He was all NetJets. Surprisingly apparently even with the daily flights and frequent international trips at his peak travel he was still only NetJets #2 client...makes me wonder who was #1!

    It was about convince and service, not economics...he never had to worry about a plane or Mx and they would apparently even send a backup jet for occasional mission critical trips at no cost.

    State has a King Air for the mortal Governors to fly on but it rarely gets used. Brown was all Southwest but Newsom is reportedly using the King Air a bit.
     
  21. gkainz

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    I would be right there with you, my friend! Except we're staying here "because of the grandkids" (or "I would be single if I moved to WY", as much as I would like to be back to some semblance of conservative governance, so it's not happening ... yet).
     
  22. EdFred

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    my work is about 17 miles closer to my house than the hangar is, so.......
     
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    Back in 1969 when I was in the 142nd fighter wing, I lived in Seattle. The Oregon Air National guard was in Portland.

    They let me fly my Cessna 185 to weekend meetings and park WAY back on the flightline.

    I also flew to Anchorage with the base commander's son, for two-week summer camp. The three of us then went fishing, in my floatplane, to Lake Illiamna. The Air Force had a fishing camp there. I have no idea WHAT the F-102s were doing at Elmendorf......NEVER went there!