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 Post subject: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 7:07 pm 
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rondilambeth - FlightAware user avatar

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I am a brand new pilot with about 80 hours. I fly commercially 2-3 times per week putting on seminars throughout the West Coast. I have an opportunity to buy a Turbo Saratoga or a Beech Bonanza,both great planes. I usually travel with my wife and 300lbs of equipment. I told my instructor I wanted to buy the Beech or the Saratoga and his comment was "Buy a smaller plane and build hours, then in a few years upgrade, the Saratoga/Beech will be too much of a plane"

What do you think, would the Beech or Saratoga be too much of a plane for my first plane?


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:45 pm 
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<What do you think, would the Beech or Saratoga be too much of a plane for my first plane?>

Legally no, practically yes. Don't jump straight from a go cart to Indy Cars.
Rent a 172 sized airplane for another 50 hours or so then upgrade yourself to a 182 or equivalent for another 100. Get your instrument rating and 250TT THEN look seriously at the Bonanza/Saratoga. Both are good airplanes, pluses and minuses to any airplane but both are good. The insurance costs alone will kill you with a high performance airplane and not much experience


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:53 pm 
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I recommend the Beech Bonanza. You have advanced far enough to fly one safely with proper training. The Bonanza is a great airplane, and it flies well and handles a big load. Find a Bonanza-owner CFII and integrate your IFR training into the insurance check-out. (There are a lot of them in CA.) Continue with the IFR training. By the time you have your instrument rating you will be a good and safe Bonanza pilot. I did this in a C210 many years ago when I had approx. 100 hours. I flew that plane without accident or incident for 350 hours over the next 1.5 years.

A Bonanza is not too much airplane. BTW, I own a Bonanza and have approx. 1,700 hours in the BE35. I have trained many pilots with low hours in Bonanzas.


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:09 pm 
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Go check out in a Diamondstar DA-40 it has all the complexity of a Beechcraft, yet the gear is down and fixed. Also, speeds are not too bad at 130kts +/- if you can get the speeds right on landing you can safely transition to a complex. Remember, a fool and his money are soon flying something he can handle. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:11 pm 
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I feel Diamond makes a wonderful product. I got my license in the DA-20 and progressed into the DA-40. The DA-40 is a great aircraft and highly developed technology. The glide ratio on these planes is amazing. The only thing that would make me hesitant from purchasing a DA-40 would be the low payload capability. Sadly I would rather take a C182 for that task of a long trip with baggage.

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www.pilotjournalnotebook.com


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:23 pm 
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I bought my Turbonormalized, G36 Bonanza as a 150 hour pilot. I flew it for 1000 hours all over the country. Is as easy to fly as the Archer I learned in. Go for it.

Join Beechtalk.com while you're at it.


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 Post subject: Re: What is the right plane for me?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:20 am 
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We'll I see 2 fellow beechtalk.com so I fig I would be 3. I bought a Mooney with about 60 hours and my Bonanza I have now is just as easy if not easier than the Mooney. Insurance was about 2,500 the first year...


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