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What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimited $$

Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:27 pm

Hola,

this topic has been covered before.....I know.
But it is interesting to hear your take on this.

Not considering economics, what aircraft would you use for work, fun and to perhaps help friends and family out?
Please consider the great restrictions of having your own B748 or A388; perhaps a quieter, more low profile and somewhat STOL aircraft would be a better choice!

I am gonna kick it off........and say that I would probably charter a jet for inter-continental trips.
I think it´s less of a headache......

I would probably fly around the Americas in something like this:


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In a nice VIP configuration of course, and I would fly myself (obviously!!!) to tons of cozy little airfields!!

I know, I am a modest man....


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Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:57 pm

Though question. I would want to fly it myself after training (money no object right) and like you said I would want something practical. I would love a seaplane maybe a Caravan on floats. But really if money was no object I think I would need to go with a Jet just because its more practical in terms of actual travel, getting places, and safer operations. Would need to hire a co-pilot though.

Something like a Citation X or G450, probably go with the G450. Though thinking about it a Caravan on floats would be pretty awesome. But for world wide travel a G450 is more practical. How about we just go with both?
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:38 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
How about we just go with both?

OK, if you want to play that game.........I will have a Robinson 66 or something of that kind, just to play around on the side!

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
Would need to hire a co-pilot though.

That´s one of the things...with bigger aircraft, things get complicated.

BUT...with unlimited money, you could probably persuade a buddy to get his ticket in order to be your pilot or co-pilot!


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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:59 pm

Hmm.. I must be a little spoiled...

I"m thinking a VIP configures 787-9 with 3 beds, 2 car parking spot, gourmet kitchen, and flat screen tvs all over.. but that's just me..
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Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:24 pm

I think Embraer's 100E is a 'phenomenal' affordable aircraft for tooling around the region.....

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.....and could fly into most airfields that are inaccessible to other jets...    ...

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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:42 pm

I'd still opt for a 747-200. (I like the hump shape better than the 747-400.) I could still fly to St. Maarten, which is the only small destination I really need to worry about  

I'd have my yacht to travel between St. Maarten and other Caribbean islands.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:54 pm

For me, it would be exactly this:


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Small enough to fly it myself and to land anywhere I want.

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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:58 pm

Easy: 747-8I and I would trip that puppy out. I've gone over the layout several times in my head. One day perhaps....

Second choice would be easy to: 77W.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:14 pm

I'd take an SR-71, Concorde, or a Super Hornet. However, even with unlimited funds, the odds would still be 0%. In practice, a de-mil'd F-4, an old Mig, Spitfire or a BF-109 would do nicely as toys.
For actual transportation purposes, a 727 would work just nicely.
 
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:43 pm

A330-VIP for long and medium length trips and a King Air 350i for shorter trips to places where
a commercial or private jet cannot land (like grass/dirt strips).
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Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:16 pm

Quoting diverted (Reply 8):
de-mil'd F-4

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Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:54 pm

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It doesn't get more versatile than this. The Pilatus PC-24. Can't go wrong with the PC-12 either.

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Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:41 pm

The Icon A5 without a doubt. Jets are just too much for me. Sure tooling around would be nice, but just too much work. With the A5 I can fly essentially anywhere. Super light, low fuel burn, can land on the water. If I ever won lotto I'd fly out to Icon and place an order the next day.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:37 am

A cooler image than what is shown in #4...    ...

http://www.embraerexecutivejets.com/Ambientaes/Phenom-100-private-jet-overview.jpg.
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Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:52 am

I dunno, for me flying is all about getting on as many different types and airlines as possible - if money was unlimited I would fly commercially and try to tick off every type possible with as many new airlines along the way.

If you held a gun to my head, it would probably be a Falcon 7X, that can get into some pretty tight strips too. Then again, an A340-500 would be pretty cool too.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:47 am

Considering I´d like to fly it myself ...
Money would likely not be the limiting factor.

Either a LET-410 (NG !) or/and a Gulfstream I (G-159)

No bigger a/c required since that would further limit the number of accessible airfields and can´t be flown really as single pilot. Also racing along upper airspace (with little to see and do - I know constant monitoring is "doing something" but it is nothing I´d like to have to force myself to do for extended periods of time) most of the time would become quite boring after a while, I guess.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:40 pm

Quoting notaxonrotax (Thread starter):
Not considering economics, what aircraft would you use for work, fun and to perhaps help friends and family out?
Please consider the great restrictions of having your own B748 or A388; perhaps a quieter, more low profile and somewhat STOL aircraft would be a better choice!

If I had unlimited money, then leasing a hangar for parking at a big airport wouldn't be a problem, neither would the significantly increased fuel costs of owning and operating a big jet and paying for pilots to fly it for me.

To answer your question, I'd have the 777-200LR, so it can get me almost anywhere on earth non-stop.
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Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:39 pm

I would choose a 787-900 for long distance, and maybe have a Concorde on the side just so show off
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:15 pm

As my partner and I spend far too much time fly fishing, I always thought this would be perfect:

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But there is something classier about coasting up to the shoreline at a northern fishing camp in this ....

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Either way, something that can depart YYZ and land in a lake and return to YYZ full of Brook Trout!
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:04 pm

Ahh... unlimited money. Since that means fuel, upkeep, and storage fees are also no problem ( [cloudnine] ) it would have to be the Queen of the Skies.

But not the 747-8. That would be pretentious.

No, it would have to be the 747-200B. With RB211s. And the short upper deck. Much nicer looking. 6850 nmi range at MTOW is enough for all practical matters - and with unlimited money, I don't think it'll kill me to stop for fuel and a spot of sightseeing every now and again :P

I did strongly consider the L-1011 but you just can't beat the 747 for arriving in style.

Of course there will be times where arriving in a 747 will be impossible, or impractical, or simply indiscrete, so for these occasions something smaller is called for. But it should also be something that's unique and just plain enjoyable. My earlier consideration of Lockheed leads straight... to the L-1329 JetStar. Because twin-engined aircraft are for poor people.
 
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:43 pm

As an over 60 I think I would go with a Super Constellation, style and grace and nice big windows.



I would also fit out the cabin in 1950's style but with moden equipment.



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Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:45 pm

Why would I have to choose one aircraft if money was no issue? I'd have an A345, fitted out so I could live in it, and fly around the world to suitable airports where, whenever necessary, an adequate one of my smaller aircraft would be waiting to take me to the destination. Oh, and a few playthings here and there... 
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:57 pm

If I had unlimited funds, my choice would be a 747-8, I've always liked the 747.

If I had to be a bit more modest, I would go with a Turbo Beaver on amphib floats. I love the sound of a radial, but the turbine is easier to maintain these days and easier to find fuel for.
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:51 pm

this is the one everyone really wants http://www.syberjet.com/

world’s fastest and longest range light business jet—the SJ30x. The SJ30x has a high speed cruise of Mach 0.83 (486 ktas), a range of 2617 NM, and a sea level cabin to 41,000 ft.

The SJ30 is certified by the FAA for single pilot operation and is up to 25% more fuel efficient than other high performance jets, providing you with greater distance per gallon and fewer aircraft cycles.
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:20 pm

I would go for the RJ-70 or 85. A cabin wide and high enough to be comfortable in and fit out with a double bed, but good enough performance to get me in and out of just about anywhere. Plus not too unkind for the environment.


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Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:06 am

If money was of no concern, I would absolutely go for a 707-320B, hands down the best looking and most awesome jetliner ever built (sorry 747).      

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As for something a little less extravagant and more realistic, I'll go with a Cessna 195, almost as beautiful as the 707!  
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Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:43 pm

If money was no object then I'll buy an A340-300 (-500 would be nice, but they're probably a bit heavy) and spend the necessary money having it certified with P&W PW1135G Geared Turbo Fan engines. The idea being to revive the A340 somewhat with the hopes that some airlines will have their aircraft re-engined, prolonging their time in service. Hopefully it might create a viable freighter conversion program aswell. I'd also have some A350 style sharklets fitted. 

My A340-300 would be configured to seat ~100 people. The inside will be tastefully decorated (no jacuzzis, or saunas here) with white sidewalls (show up mood lighting best), lots of gentle beige and brown leather (inspired by Etihad's new first suites), dark carpets and no chrome/gold interior fittings. As you enter 1L, you will pass through a generously proportioned galley, past a bar and into the main lounge/dining area. Past the next bulkhead (where there will be a bathroom and stairs to the lower level) will be the main seating area. Here there will be 30 or so Singapore Airlines first suites. Beyond the next bulkhead will be an office (very futuristic looking, like in the French presidential aircraft) and beyond that a bedroom. At the aft end of the forward cargo bay and the front end of the aft one will be bathrooms and crew bunks (like what Lufthansa does in their A340s). In the cargo bay, I'd keep a folded up Schempp Hirth Discus or

The aircraft would be named 'Spirit of Valbonne', which would be written behind the flight deck side windows and will be painted in a livery somewhat similar to Air Tahiti Nui's.

If that didn't work out, I'd fly to Toulouse and write John Leahy a cheque for A350 MSN002.

Realistically though, I actually really enjoy flying commercial, even in economy. I'd be perfectly happy to only ever own a Tiger Moth.
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RE: What Would Be Your Private Aircraft? (unlimite

Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:21 pm

My favorite airport is the one I'm flying to! :airplane:

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