Plane Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by GigEm98, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Jthamilton

    Jthamilton Line Up and Wait

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    Having owned a 1969 Cherokee six 300 as a newbie I have memories of my wife and 2 year old son asleep in the back seats and almost completely laying down.

    I have same pic with my father asleep on way back from Iowa. We could take out the 2 middle seats and put whatever we wanted there. It was extremely reliable, I could count on 140 knots every time. Not the most nimble but hell, it's a good sized aircraft! Pull the power and with its big snout you would come down. Easy to fly, nothing but good memories

    If you truly intend on taking your family places its hard to beat. If your plans to use it for family travel fall through you will find ourself flying around in a empty bus. My intentions were to buy a turbo Saratoga second time around due to my positive initial experience. However, it's an expensive plane to punch holes around the sky in with your my son. Therefore I settled on newer turbo 182 this time around.

    Good luck
     
  2. GigEm98

    GigEm98 Filing Flight Plan

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    Thanks everyone for all the feedback.

    Dr. Bruce, what is the redboard?

    AggieMike88, HOWDY! Always great to meet a fellow AG.
     
  3. BurtM

    BurtM Pre-takeoff checklist

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    The AOPA Forums, which look a lot like this site but in red trim instead of blue (hence, Red Board/Blue Board). See http://forums.aopa.org/ (AOPA members only).
     
  5. BurtM

    BurtM Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Since the mission involves hauling your wife and kids, better make sure they can tolerate small GA aircraft before you take the plunge and buy something.

    My spouse has no interest at all in bouncing around the sky. Fortunately, I didn't take up flying as a togetherness-enhancing activity. She rode along with me a few times, but she's just not comfortable doing it. Don't really know why - we ride Sea-Doos and bouncing across wakes doesn't bother her a bit.
     
  6. ChrisK

    ChrisK En-Route

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    and no tapatalk!

    Sent from my SGH-I777 using Tapatalk 2
     
  7. jpower

    jpower Cleared for Takeoff

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    I didn't see any limitation on price...so I'll thrown in the Expedition E350. Seems to be built for your mission. You can only get them new, though.
     
  8. Tom-D

    Tom-D Taxi to Parking PoA Supporter

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    A well kept babbied hangar queen.

    My aircraft only has 2000 hours in 75 years. does that scare ya?
     
  9. Sportsman

    Sportsman Pre-Flight

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    Are you opposed to dreaming? I'm a year away from starting my PPL and I'm already on this so daily and have narrowed my likely future plane to a 182 or lately looking at benefits of a Mooney.

    No, I would not buy a plane before PPL but I am courting the costs of the hobby before I begin as well as having a dream to push me. I think that's all the OP is doing.
     
  10. Threefingeredjack

    Threefingeredjack En-Route

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    I'm in the Cherokee Six camp. Simple for the new owner, and as someone said earlier if you can get the doors closed on your load the Six will lift it. (The same can be said for the 206)
     
  11. cdahl

    cdahl Pre-Flight

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    Here's an idea...instead of dreaming...buy books and videos start studying for a PPL.
     
  12. Sportsman

    Sportsman Pre-Flight

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    Have the books. I'm studying and have a plan. Without shifting to the 100 threads on why GA is struggling, the answer is costs. I have a one year plan to save $10,000 upon which I'll get my PPL. If I'm able to finish around 40-50 hours, then I'll have left over for more flying. Dreaming doesn't mean sitting around doing nothing.
     
  13. poadeleted21

    poadeleted21 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Why not? Nothing facilitates learning like necessity. Get yourself in too deep to back out too. :D I'm only half kidding. I've known quite a few people who bought a plane before they logged the first hour and it worked out well for them. I certainly wish I had of, I also wish I hadn't bought a "get me by for a few years starter plane". Though I don't really regret it, I was scared of a high dollar purchase and bought an old Cherokee to build some hours and get a feel for airplane ownership. Good experience, expensive experience though and all that expense went on to be enjoyed by the new owner. Get what you want, get it now and learn to fly it now. I seriously wish I had bought the Bonanza I just bought before I ever took my first lesson, at this point in time, money would probably be dead even given the beating I took on the Cherokee and I'd have plane I was very competent flying and had built up some level of trust in. As it stands now, I have the Bo, no experience in it, higher insurance premiums and have to get some time in it and my mechanic under the hood before I start putting more trust in it and myself.
     
  14. Sportsman

    Sportsman Pre-Flight

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    Oh I've plenty of time on barnstormers and wondered if it was worth buying a 152 to get a cheap time builder. I'm military so the plane would inevitably sit during deployments. I'm still strongly considering purchasing after PPL if all goes well and using that for Additional ratings. A 182 would probably serve me well for most needs. Family of four although two teenage girls by that point so more than kids in back. I have a pending deployment which is both a means of saving cash as well as barrier to starting now but I will be ready for written the day I return. I also plan on flying several times per week to knock it out quickly since that seems to be the recommended plan.