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GA Aircraft You Would Like To See Reproduced  
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

Hello everyone,

Here is another topic for those of you who do light aircraft. As we all know, many light general aviation aircraft prodcution was stopped in the mid-80s. Within the last 5 years or so, Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft have slowly reintroduced their old designs. Most notably Cessna has brought back the 172, 182, and 206. What old aircraft would you like to see brought back to production? I personally would love to see the 177RG Cardinal back in production. I would love to see Piper bring back the Comanche. And Beechcraft must bring back the V-Tailed doctor killer...the V-35 Bonanza.

Cheers
TJ


God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5153 times:
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I'd like to see the 152 back in production to make flying (and particularly training) more affordable.


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User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

The de Havilland Chipmunk. Beautiful little airplane, and apparently a lot of fun to fly. I'd like to have the pleasure sometime.


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User currently offlineCWUPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

How 'bout the navion or globe swift. Sleek planes...


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

2H4,

I heard that Cessna considered starting the 152 line back up again but in the end decided it would cost almost as much as a new 172 to produce and decided against it. There are some "cheap" aircraft out there, but when brand new, they're still going to cost a lot to rent. Citabria Adventures, Katanas, etc...


User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5130 times:

The gutless cutless eh? If you're gonna make it a retractable, how about a 210? Those things can move!

I would love to see Mooney bring back something like the MSE. Their planes were fast without the big 6 cyl engines up there. Now, they just hog a bunch of gas while going fast.



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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26487 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

The Beech Starship/Long-EZ. That is an amazing plane that Raytheon has f'ed over.


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User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5119 times:

LOL, Not the GUTLESS! haha
One of the few planes I have seen where 'slow flight dirty' is performed with full throttle and barely holds altitude. No no, the Cardinal both RG or Fixed was a really cool airplane, it had the 210 wing with no wing struts and slimmed down fuselage. It could really move on an O-360-180 or 200 4-banger. Unfortunately it came out about the same time as the 182 so it's sales didn't do that well, but I think it is the perfect plane between the 172 and 182.
As far as balls out speed, a 210 is pretty sweet. Piper did make a variant of the Comanche with a flat 8 400hp engine that could really haul ass.

Cheers
TJ



God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

V-TAIL BONANZA

my favorite GA airplane.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

I love the Starship, its a shame the way its service life unfolded.

The Cessna 337, what's not to like about a twin with centerline thrust?

My baby, the 152.



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User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5054 times:

Give me a new C172 Cutlass RG any day!

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Bring back the Navajo- the sweetest handling aircraft I've ever flown, and also the most versatile- take the seats out in the back and it's amazing the amount of cargo you can stick back there.


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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

I wish the Socata Rallye would come back, that would be a cheap alternative to Cessnas.

Will



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User currently offlineHighflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

The pressurized versions of the Aerostar, particularly the ones Piper made, as well as those with the Machen 350 hp Lycoming conversion remain the sexiest GA twins in the sky. Ted Smith may have designed some unorthodox systems (nose wheel steering in a little 6,000 lb twin), and too many souls came to grief with the fuel system, but that little stiletto in the sky was fast! It had all the characteristics of a jet minus the turbines.

User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

I would like to see some of the classics, like a J-3 Cub (not the Super Cub), Waco or Stearman produced again. These planes are monuments to true flying and do not have all of the automation and modern avionics. You must be a true pilot to fly them!


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User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

Ahh, the ol 337 Mixmaster.
Perhaps someone can clear this up, I heard that time logged in a 337 Skymaster may not count as MEL time, at least to a prospective employer. This had to do with the fact that because of the centerline thrust, a pilot would not be knowlegable on factors such as Vmc and related performances. Also inusrance rates are apparently quite lower on the 337 because of that too.

CHeers
TJ



God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
User currently offlineJetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

I will always want the Starship to come back. It just looks so different from everything else!

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User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4965 times:

Would anyone like to guess what a brand new Cessna 210 would cost?
I would figure at least $450,000 with basic avionics/interior. Probably close to double that if it was a P210T with all the goodies. You can find used Learjets for that price. I guess that is the reason why many of those planes are not being reproduced. The only real advantage that I know of buying a new 172 or 182 are the warranties that come with the aircraft, because these birds cost a pretty penny to maintain. As much as I envy the poor bastard who will win AOPA's Win A Twin Comanche that is completely decked out. He/she will probably have to sell it because of the insurance/and maintence costs. It just makes me glad I rent. If you want a speedy ride, come over here to STS, the Comanche here rents for 125/hr wet.

TJ



God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4963 times:
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I'd love to see the Rockwell Commander back in production, awesome a/c! (though I hear that they'll soon start producing the new 115 version. anybody have any info on this?)
Also, I'd love to see the Centurions and Crusaders produced again...the Beech Duke as well...



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User currently offlineLeanOfPeak From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 509 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4934 times:

TripleDelta, the 115 is not new. It was introduced in 2000. Unfortunately, under the weight of liability and a GA sag in the wake of 9/11, the company declared bankruptcy about 2 years ago. They're now in the process of being bailed out and expect to restart production in the next few months.

User currently offlineBlueairbureau From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4906 times:

I've got a strange one for you folks. I would like to see the Rockwell Commander 700 back in production. If you haven't seen one it looks similar to a Cessna Crusader. Just if they bring it back they should update the engines to something a little more efficient. I always liked how it looked like a smaller version of a BAE J-31.

User currently offlineMepjap65 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4872 times:

I would DEFINATELY like to see the Cessna 177/Cardinal back in production. With the strutless wing and sleeker shape, I think it was a great looking high-wing aircraft, which I prefer. It was a shame that it was lacking in the power department. Put the 182's flat six in the nose, and then it really would have been something!


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Apart from that, I kind of liked the look of the strange and odd little Ercoupe; please don't ask why. I haven't quite figured out why myself just yet.

Oh yeah, and the Aero Commander 500B/Shrike Commander should make a comeback.


User currently offlineLeanOfPeak From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 509 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4854 times:

Those missing the Comanche might be pleased to hear about the Ravin 500. It's an all-composite airplane based loosely on a 93% scale Comanche.

[Edited 2004-12-04 04:24:03]

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

What I would like to see would be the re-introduction of the 400 series Cessnas. Not necessarily the 402 or 404, but the upper end 414, 421, 425 and 441. The 400s are nice because they can't be beat where operating costs and performance are concerned (at least by Raytheon). Of course, new models would retail in the million dollar range. Turboprop performance without the turboprops and the turboprop price-what's not to like about that?


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User currently offlineBaw2198 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 637 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4840 times:

c177RG and c172RG.

With glass cockpits and at least a 235hp or bigger engine. Complete with an autopilot with ALT hold for once ( never understood why no ALT hold on the old ones). A gross weight increase so you can have 4 people on board with full fuel.

c401 and a more sporty version of the c303.

P337RG maybe a turboprop conversion?



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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 9
Reply 25, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

What Baw2198 said, only with the C182RG added too Big grin


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