Notar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 42506 times:
Ummm, I fly the 172 and it's okay, but if I had a choice for a private turboprop I'd go with a PC-12, or maybe a Mooney. (Not saying there's nothing wrong with a Falcon900 or G5 though! Except we're talkin around 30-50 billion! )
I like something a little different and larger...
Like one of those brilliant EMB121 Xingu planes they look great like a larger commuter turboprop with a wider cabin than a uninteresting cessna i strongly suggest it to any 6 seater buyer. A beautiful airliner/private craft. My preference by far!
CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 42398 times:
A former sstudent of mine see sawed back and forth between the Mooney Ovation and teh A36, before finally going for the A36. The reasons were that they were nearly the same speed but the Beechcraft at leats had more passenegrs optiosn, or even loading options. The back area is very roomy and every non pilot that went up in the test flight preffered the Beechcraft as it was roomier and easier to get in and out of with the huge double doors. That plus you can get AC in it, nice.
DaEvOsH From Spain, joined Feb 2001, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 42389 times:
For me, the best aircraft to own will always be a Glider. It is flying for flying's sake.
Check out (many pics here in airliners.net) the Stemme at http://www.stemme.de/ it is one of the best GLIDERS out there, has an amazing design with foldable props. It has no trade offs being an excellent glider, and can be used as a prop plane for trips.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 42352 times:
I will always have a reverence for the classic V-tailed Bonanza... there is just something about it.
But I have been torn by the what plane question myself.
Don't overlook the Cherokee 235/Challenger/Dakota... it has been overshadowed by the C-182 Skylane, but can cruise around 140kts and lift a decent load.
The Socota singles are not too bad, very roomy inside. Next to the Commanders they have the widest cabin in a 4-place single.
I also love the Saratoga... whether a fixed gear, retract, turbo or not it has to be one of the most versitile planes out there. HUGE cabin and they hold their value like crazy. Nearly matching the prices of model 36 Bonanzas, but bigger albeit slower. If all things were equal a 'Toga II TC would probably be my first choice.
The Mooneys are nice, the newer the better, wicked fast, but quite tiny inside... the long cabin models are a bit better, but still narrow as a Bonanza.
If you want to look at new planes, go check out the new Cessna Turbo Skylane... very impressive performance numbers... 160ktas at 10,000' with the gear dragging in the breeze... not too shabby.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia