cheyenne


#1

Wondering what the consensus on aquiring a cheyenne for personal travel, vs king air/ merlin in reference to saftey/speed/economics.


#2

My guess is lower acquisition cost, higher speed and higher operational cost.

Also, please remain seated with your seat belt fastened at all times.
http://discussions.flightaware.com/viewtopic.php?t=3705


#3

Lots of models to choose from in those lines.

I’ve flown the Cheyenne 2 and King Air 200, though neither one recently.
Both are comfortable at 250 KTAS. You can push the King Air 200 faster than the 2 but the fuel flow goes up to do it. The Cheyenne 2 will be faster than a King Air A90. The Cheyenne 2 is overpowered compared to the Cheyenne 1. Overpowered is good. It carries more fuel too. Don’t let the stability augmentation system on the Cheyenne 2 scare you, if you fly it by the numbers that will never come into play.
I enjoyed flying both. The only Merlin experience I have was as a lineman years ago. One company that came in daily had a Merlin 2. Nice roomy airplane, but noisy due to the 331 engines. As a wild guess it takes more maintenance than either of the other two, but is reputed to be a nice flying airplane.
As long as you choose carefully, and do a good pre-buy inspection you should be happy with any of them.