How fast can I go for $50k

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  1. cgrab

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    I sold my 150hp Cardinal when I moved and now I have farther to go to the places I like. I would like something to carry two and our bags and do more than the 105 knots I saw in the Cardinal. Since it is not a necessity (debatable) I would like to keep it to the $50Kk I have on hand.
     
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    I believe you can go pretty fast and have some change left over.

    Contact Acme.

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    50K? Good luck

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    $50Kk? That's like $50 Million, right?
    Lotsa choices.
     
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    I spent about $20K on a really, really nice car that will go WAY faster than my airplane (which is faster than the Cardinal). It will carry two people, all your bags, and two more people. And it'll massage your back.
     
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    There should be some experimental options. I'm guessing any Vans airplane you'd want is now past the $50k mark but there might still be some glasairs, mustangs, and thorps below that price point. Likely others too, but that's all I can think of in 30 seconds.
     
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    20 years ago, the answer would have been Mach 2 on the Concorde. And you could have done it for around $12K IIRC...
     
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    You can get a nice Bellanca Super Viking for $50 and cruise 185 mph....
    I can't believe I am the first to mention this plane for your price range.
     
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    There are several good options at $50 or less.... See my above post.
    I always find smokin deals. Just gotta have cash the day those deals post and not drag around weeks trying to get a prebuy etc.
    We just bought a super nice 182 for $45,000... Its worth more than double.
     
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    You might get a basic RV-4 or -6 for that amount.

    Alternately, there are a number of Globe Swifts advertised on Barnstormers for less than that.
     
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    RV4 or a RV6.
     
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    IKR?
     
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    How fast do you need to go, and do you need IFR equipage? An AA-5B (135 kt) is probably out of your price range, but an IFR AA-5A (125 kt) or an AA-5 (115 kt) with a high compression STC would be in the the right cost range, and inexpensive to maintain and operate.
     
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    Ducati V4?:D
     
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    Is that all you got out of it? Seems awfully slow for a Cardinal...
     
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    That exactly is the tail art on my Lancair. I would post pics but can't anymore - they all fail to upload as too large.
    A few Lancairs may be purchased in the 50k range that can cruise around 180-200 kts.
     
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    Wow has everything gotten expensive. Keeping a plane in the air is a real cost challenge as well.

    Just replaced 4 Cessna 182 seat rails for $440 each in parts. These cost $165 less than 5 years ago.

    Finishing up a less than $50K firewall forward, less prop which as recently new. Just an O-470R engine with all new or overhauled “stuff” that attaches to it, is the OP’s basic budget.

    Looking good as parts coming in and being put together. Completely overhauled nose gear with re-chromed Oleo tube as cost example.

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    That makes sense for the 150 hp model.
     
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    My experimental will get 120 knots and is under 50k. Assembly required. :happydance:
     
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    My Super Viking will do 155-160kts TAS, we paid $35k for it (with a 400hr engine, 430W, working autopilot, etc.).

    My Twin Bonanza will do 155kts TAS or so, I paid $50k for it (though don't ask what I have into it now...).
     
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    How expensive would you say is maintaining a Super Viking compared to other similarly performing singles? Is it mandatory to hanger it due to the wood and fabric wings?
     
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    I don’t think the wings are fabric, just wood. I believe the fuse is fabric however.
     
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    A guy here bough a Super Viking. No one knows how to work on it. No one knows how to fly it. And the rube doesn't have a hangar. MooneyM20c Ranger. 140 knots all day long burning 8-9 gallons an hour. Get the manual gear and say goodbye to gear problems. You can get one and with 50K have enough left over to pay for some squawks. And did I forget to mention that the Mooney will carry around a thousand pounds of you, your woman, and your woman's ****.

    None of the experimentals will do this for the money. You can't buy a decent RV for Mooney money, they get pricey fast. Don't believe me, do some shopping. You put you and your favorite skirt in a Varieze and you won't have enough room for a sandwich. There is no greater bang for the buck in GA than a vintage Mooney.
     
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    However fast a M20C (Mooney) will go if you're staying certified
     
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    Quick question. In what direction do you need that speed? If you just need to go fast when pointing down, that opens up a lot of options.
     
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    A Mooney M20C goes pretty fast and is in that price range, at least for now. Prices are going up fast.
     
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    I have owned my super viking for 3 years.
    a.) yes you need a hangar
    b.) I had not issue finding someone to work on it, engine is a big continental, just like all other planes, gear is simple; would you need a specialist if you needed wood work? yes; fabric work, well there are many other fabric planes, so not to worry
    c.) for the price you can not beat it
    d.) it is not as roomy inside as a 172/182/206
    e.) it will carry 4 humans, bags and fuel any day
     
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