If I had a gazillion Dollars to spend on aviation I would:

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by IK04, Jul 6, 2019.

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If I had a gazillion Dollars to spend on aviation I would:

  1. Put an FBO on every GA airport with free gas and services.

    8 vote(s)
    15.7%
  2. Build an airport next to every Buc-Ees.

    5 vote(s)
    9.8%
  3. Buy the production certificate for the Cessna 185 and build them for anyone who wants one!

    12 vote(s)
    23.5%
  4. Provide free ADS-B equipment for all airplanes.

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    9.8%
  5. Buy a fleet of training airplanes for high schools and junior colleges.

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    31.4%
  6. Fund 5Flight.

    3 vote(s)
    5.9%
  7. do something else...

    32 vote(s)
    62.7%
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  1. cessna182b

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    The Goodyear Airdock in Akron, OH (where the Akron and Macon were built) is still there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodyear_Airdock . It would be nice
    to see it used for Lighter Than Air Aviation again. BTW I grew up off the end of the runway at Akron Airport (which was a Naval Air Station in those days). The
    Navy used it for blimps up till around 1960.

    Dave
     
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    I like the idea of putting a lot more training/rental airplanes at a lot more airports. GA is currently slowly spiraling the drain - As it becomes smaller and smaller, it has to cost more and more to stay alive, which merely makes it smaller and smaller, and around and around we go.

    So, I would buy Bye, Diamond, and Pipistrel and have them work together and use each others' tech to create more sexy, efficient airplanes for both training and personal use, and put them in as many places as possible.

    Meanwhile, I'd buy a fleet of my own fun airplanes. I'd let my friends who are good pilots fly them as well... And I would use my go-places airplane(s) to fly for Angel Flight, Veterans Airlift Command, etc when I wasn't busy with something else. And I'd buy @Ted DuPuis a C-130 for hauling pups.
     
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    Well, duh. That goes without saying! I’d be flying to and from work everyday!
     
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    A gazillion isn't much in the jet world. Need a quadzillion to play.

    I’d build a sweet fbo with flight school. Huge hangar with unobtanium planes avail to rent, $100:hr flat rate.
     
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    Maybe it’s bigger than all of the numbers below? Just choose one. Just remember that today’s wealthiest person is “only” in the billions.

    Million 1,000,000 (6 zeros)
    Billion 1,000,000,000 (9 zeros)
    Trillion 1,000,000,000,000 (12 zeros)
    Quadrillion 1,000,000,000,000,000 (15 zeros)
    Quintillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (18 zeros)
    Sextillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (21 zeros)
    Septillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (24 zeros)
    Octillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (27 zeros)
    Nonillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (30 zeros)
    Decillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (33 zeros)
     
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    So at 21 zeros you get sex, but at 30 you get none? Sounds like there really is such a thing as "too much money." I'll just aim for Octilion (27 zeros) to be safe.
     
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    A law to "force" people to do something they don't want to do. Novel idea. It worked well with health insurance.
     
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    Buy out Kermit Weeks and then the Spruce Goose and get everything airworthy!
     
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    Buy out SpaceX and every low-income person that wants to go to space, goes to space free. The rich still gotta pay.
     
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    Not forcing any person to do anything. Forcing a corporation. There's a whole litany of laws out there that do that already.

    This allows people to do what they want. Fly GA.
     
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    I would at least buy and restore that Connie that’s been rotting at his place for 10 years or so. When I first saw he had it I was looking forward to seeing it restored and flying again.

    Other than that I would probably just keep flying rentals until the money ran out...
     
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    One way tickets?
     
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    Got stripped of usable parts - now he wants to convert it to at restaurant.
     
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    Well that sucks....

    And he closed the Compass Rose diner. I loved that place. It was a perfect lunch stop when out on the motorcycle. Great burgers.

    So he closed that and wants to make a restaurant out of the Connie? Yeeesh......
     
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    Oh, yeah. Almost forgot - I’d pay Dr Bruce what he’s worth. If I had enough.
     
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    You won't know until after the launch. :eek:
     
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    Set up a training program, designed by Dr Bruce, to train AMEs how to deal with the FAA for the benefit of pilots.
     
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    why would you want to subject him to that????
     
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    I would pay for any and all certification and stc costs for all piston aviation products. Maybe not 100%, but close to it.
     
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    That's already the idea for a quick-reading book. Just not in the way you're thinking (I don't believe so, anyway.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marching_Morons
     
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    oh - I missed this - maybe you WERE thinking of the Marching Morons?!?!?!
     
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    Oooh, that gives me another idea. Round up all the Flat Earthers and send them up there until they change their mind. :D
     
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    That book must have been the inspiration for "Idiocracy." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/
     
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    Get a type rating in my own B-29.
     
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    I'd get a P-38 like my grandad flew. I could actually afford to feed two geared 1600HP engines then, though I imagine it requires the funky 130 octane stuff
     
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    You beat me to it.

    Actually, I'd buy a 1978 Cessna 177RG Cardinal and have it fully restored, brand new avionics, a Turbo Normalized Angle Valve 200 HP engine, and give Young Eagles flights until the money ran out.

    A Velocity XL Turbo would be nice, too. Have the factory widen the fuselage 4 inches, and make it 3 inches taller, too. Do 50.01% of the build, and have the rest done by the quick build jump start shop.
     
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    If I had a gazillion dollars I sho wouldn't be hangin' out with all you losers here....:thumbsup: :lol::lol:
     
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    Right. You could buy your own internet.
     
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    If we are all losers, are you not a loser for hanging out here? :eek:
     
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    Yeaah, but I won't be when I get that gazillion dollars....

    I keep getting letters from Publisher Clearing House saying that I may be a winner.....
     
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    I would pay off everyone's plane on this forum complete with any upgrades you want.

    ...as long as we're living in fantasy land, why not be a hero? :dunno:
     
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    EFF YOU!

    (paid cash for the last plane, which I no longer own but I could go out and finance something pricier)
     
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    I don't even have a paper airplane. What about me?
     
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    Something about a ride to space was mentioned earlier... ;)