Was I unreasonable?

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by comanchepilot, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. comanchepilot

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    I put in the contract to deliver within 100nm my request- that is what started the problem when I discovered the airplane was not at its home just outside chicago in the civilized world.

    Done so I could find my own spot that was easy for us both to get in and out of - but the guy is in Florida with his new twin and I'm in Southern California and the airplane is locked in Wisconsin.

    As for using airplanes to go find an airplane - as I said, I'm in Southern California and the airplane is in Wisconsin - I'm not flying my airplane 2000nm - and then back to go get it. Thats insanity.
     
  2. Flavius Renatus

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    Hey Comanchepilot,

    I am based out of KMLI, and will help if you need it.

    Flav
     
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  3. apr911

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    I have to agree with this. The second the buyer said no to meeting me would send up red flags for me. About the seller's serious intent to sell, the care they have given the airplane and just what type of person I'm dealing with.

    I disagree. Comanchepilot clearly gave value to the seller's time. He didn't ask that it be flown the 2000 miles to him in Southern California. He didn't even ask that the seller fly back from Florida to deliver it to Chicago. He asked that the seller make arrangements for the plane to be flown back to its usual homebase outside of Chicago. Failing that he asked that it be flown to an airport in Milwaukee and as a third option even offered to have it flown to an airport near his in-laws. The seller refused all 3 and could only offer up a solution that involved flying the plane in an hour in a 4th direction. The seller was already going to have to arrange travel from his home to the airport to fly the plane back to its home base; even if he has a pilot-mechanic who can fly it back to Chicago for him, he'd still have had to arrange to get the mechanic back to their home airport.

    Now that the deal has fallen through, the seller is stuck with an airplane at an airport that isn't its home base so he's likely paying double for the tie down. He hasn't sold the plane and he's still going to have to arrange its transport from the airport its at to its home base in Chicago.

    If it was in the contract and the seller refused, they violated the terms of the contract plain and symbol. In agreeing to the contract and then refusing to honor all the terms, they are being totally unreasonable.

    Now the question if you were unreasonable is a bit more nuanced.

    How much did you agree to pay for the plane? After all, what's $150 cab ride on a $100,000 airplane? A cheaper airplane I might have more understanding as it's a greater percentage of the total amount. On the other hand, I'm also the type that gets upset with my local FBO when they dont return my calls to schedule the airplane or tell me they're cancelling my flight due to "high cross winds" that are below even their student minimums (seriously it was 10-12 gusting to 15 kts at 30 degrees) or because they want to go home. If you want to take my money I shouldn't have to do all the work and in this case, I'd be ****ed that they weren't willing to deliver it even 100 miles.

    What's an extra 2 or 3 hours flying the owner's pilot in the opposite direction on a 2000NM XC? Even if its a 200Kts airplane, you're probably looking at having to stay somewhere overnight. Then again, 2 or 3 hours flying the owner's pilot in the opposite direction is about equivalent to the driving option both in time and money, though the flying option probably is a little more in both.

    As others have pointed out, you probably could have found a pilot here on POA willing to fly you out there or you probably could have negotiated a further discount on the plane to cover unexpected travel costs.
     
  4. Lindberg

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    The deal wasn't good enough to make it worth either of your whiles. If you're OK with the outcome, you are not unreasonable. The guy I bought my first and only airplane from flew it almost 200NM each way just so we could check it out before we'd even agreed on a price. We said, "We'd be interested if it's as represented and the price is right." He said, "I will fly it to you and you can check it out." Only after he'd flown 400 miles round trip did we agree on a price. Then we went to him for the prebuy and pickup. Different levels of motivation.
     
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    You are making several assumptions about the seller that are all of the "this may be true but aren't necessarily true" nature. It is true that the buyer did not request time from the seller. It is also true that the buyer requested time from other people. The services of those people were to be arranged by the seller.

    You also are ignoring the nature of the buyers re-location and transportation requests. This was a simple negotiation on who was paying a particular cost and neither the buyer nor the seller wanted to pay. The buyer's requests involved using other peoples' time to save the buyer time. The buyer refused to invest two hours of his own time for the ride the seller offered to arrange. It is clear the buyer valued his time more the any of the people he requested be involved in getting him to the aircraft.
     
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    Is it truly sight unseen or are they availing themselves of modern photo and video tech? PDFs of logs? Sending their own mechanic to look it over remotely? Anything?

    I guess it’s weird that I’m old enough that you’d have to do that by developing film and FedExing a box with everything to the prospective buyer back when I started flying, so that would be a different kind of “sight unseen” than today’s version, I guess.
     
  8. comanchepilot

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    Thanks - appreciate it! We're still talking because I'm willing to spend some money to get the airplane from where it is, to a CFI where I can get signed off - then put the ferry pilot on airplane back home.

    I'm really trying here - there are several coordination issues afoot - and getting info back from people is a slow process. Even if its their job.

    I have no Mooney tme - jets and 1000hrs pic in hig perf retracts, but no Mooney Time - so the carrier want 2 hours of transition time. . .. in make and model. And they interpret model as specific model - any long nose mooney is no sufficient.

    so I have to find a CFI with lots of Mooney time since CFI-s with M20K time are not that common.

    To answerr questions - @denverpilot yes - its modern Log PDF's - photos - discussion on the phone with the last two mechanics- good documentation and then a good contract specifying the logs are accurate and all AD's complied with. with a 1 year tail on that - and no liens - and good tail on that as well. Plus using escrow to transfer title.

    It's sitting in annual right now - so questions and photos and info are obtainable.
     
  9. eman1200

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    aahh, so it IS a Bo.....
     
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    No the spelling "moran" was in a popular meme.....oh....never mind.:sigh:
     
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    Drop by MooneySpace and ask about Chicago area CFIIs with K-time. I'd help out, but only PP from AL with C-time, so I miss all three . . . .
     
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    Yes, photos are involved. How detailed is debatable. But they aren’t sending their own A&P or even having a local shop do any kind of prebuy.
     
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    This reminds me a lot of the guy who didn't want to pay the mechanic for the work done because he hadn't finished ALL the work agreed to.
     
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    Ok, it's a big nosed Mooney.
     
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    No - its not. Bo's are ez to find instructors and airplanes out here - some places rent them.
     
  16. Flavius Renatus

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    Just FYI.

    My CFI here has Mooney time, not sure if she has K time, but I know she has J time. Just let me know if you need any help.

    Flav
     
  17. James331

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    0 mooney time, but those insurance requirements seem a little extreme, did you shop the insurance much

    I'd give air power insurance in AZ a call if not.
     
  18. comanchepilot

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    i don't think TWO hours of transition time is all that outrageous. . . was better than the other two quotes at 5 hours!
     
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    No,not at all, but the EXACT model is a little out there
     
  20. apr911

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    Two sides to every negotiation. Frankly for the negotiation to break down over this is unreasonable of both parties yet quasi-wars and actual wars between nations have been fought over seemingly-less.

    Yes I am making assumptions of the seller but you are making similar assumptions of the buyer.

    I'm not usually a fan of the "customer is always right" mantra but I'm definitely on the buyer's side in this case. If the seller doesn't want to come back from his trip in Florida to sell HIS airplane and take the seller's money, that's his business but the request to relocate the plane BACK to its home base is perfectly reasonable. Unless he can find a buyer willing to go pick it up from the middle of nowhere, its going to have to be done at some point (yes I am assuming the seller isn't permanently changing home bases; if he is, he picked some stupid sh*t timing to relocate the plane to some place off the beaten path) so placing the onus on the buyer to get to the plane just seems missed placed in this instance. The alternative offered by the seller doesn't solve the issue of having access to a major airport (and airlines) or place to stay should the weather turn bad and that's as much a safety issue as it is a money one.


    If I'm going to hand over a bunch of money, I shouldn't have to do all the work. And no that's not an assumption; the sellers post was quite clear that the buyer put very little if any effort into working out a amicable solution to both parties, refusing or ignoring all suggestions out out of hand.

     
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    Congrats on the plane of choice... :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Seems to be reasonably common among some underwriters for some airplanes. Examples:

    - I was hired to fly a PA-32R-301T. The open pilot warranty specified make and model, which I confirmed with them to mean NOT just similar aircraft, but exact M/M. So, PA-32-301T, PA-32R-300T, etc., weren't close enough. (So I just got added as a named pilot based on my other experience.)
    - I was hired to fly a Beech G36 (G1000 Bonanza). Exact G36 time was required. A combination of A36 (non-G1000) and G58 (G1000 Baron) was inadequate. Insurer would not budge, I didn't get the job.
     
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    Where are these “nations” that the people want war over petty things?

    The politicians often do, and speak eloquently of the need for War until the people think they want it, too.

    But people generally don’t want war. Or quasi-warlord whatever that is.

    It’s a construct of manipulative jerks in power and government operated public schooling that teaches that “nations” want war.

    It plays better in the press than saying THEY want wars, and the people must sacrifice and die, for their idiocy and power games.

    Such wording allows a disconnect from the reality that some doofus in public office decides when “we” should go to war and then Congress plays along.

    Similar wording makes it seem like a nice game of Risk, or something equally innocuous when one hears they’re “ sending trroops”.

    Not... “Sending the neighbor kid to die.” Which is usually more accurate.

    Yeah I know I know. The kids volunteer. We’re a military family. I get that.

    But think about the subtle ways the wording manipulates people who for the most part, never want war and never will, and could care less about what some pizzant dictator is doing in the Middle East. Or Southeast Asia.

    “We” almost never want war. The politicians think they need them far more than any of “us” do, until they crank up the propaganda machine and make the used car salesman pitch that “this time, it’s different”.

    I don’t like the not so subtle manipulation. People buy it. And that’s usually never good.
     
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    Not crazy at all. Think about it, if you aren't sufficiently invested in a community to know a good mechanic, one is as good as another. You have a stranger do a pretty on a strange airplane, you might not have the wherewithal to examine it yourself anyway. If all is well you have it delivered and trust your luck. Basically, exchanging time for money, and exchange we make all the time.
     
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    The part you missed is that these people aren’t having ANYONE look at the airplane for them in advance.
     
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    That's exactly what I was thinking.
     
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    Off the top of my head, the best examples I can think of is the Pig War of 1859 between the US and Great Britain. I consider that a quasi-war since there was no bloodshed but here are others...

    There also have been times when 2 countries under the rule of the same monarch have gone to war against each other (talk about being at war with yourself)
     
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    Considering the magnitude of the escalation in relation to the triggering event, the First World War might qualify.
     
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    I have looked at the flight (in dream mode) and it's very doable with the 163 gallons I carry. Maybe one day I'll hit you up for the European tour! Got some new props and avionics since you last flew in her. She's coming around.
     
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    Yes, if the measure is the magnitude of difference between triggering event and final consequences, WWI takes the prize, even without including WWII as a continuation of what turned out to be an incomplete resolution.
     
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    In high school our US History teacher was a retired lawyer and a Yale grad.... next to my cost accounting professor in college and instrument flight instructor one of the best teachers I ever had. I had study hall prior to his class and sometimes I would go the library and find some insignificant US History factoid to see if I could stump him.. So far the score was Teacher 20... Ventucky 0. One day with the help of the librarian I came across the Great Pig War... I had asked about in class and thirty minutes later I knew more that what was in the school encyclopedia where I got my notes....

    Thanks for bringing back the memory..
     
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    I'm and instructor with J time. If that helps and you're still in need, let me know.