I have commercial SEL, but I’m in a bit of a fix, so I’m turning to this group for advice, insight etc.
My father has been afflicted with a neuro muscular disease. He is confined to a power wheel chair or power scooter. His mind is fine, but he can’t walk or stand without assistance. The family recently took a trip from DEN to SEA on the airlines. Getting him through the airport security was enough to convince me I need to upgrade my aircraft capability so I don’t have to ever put up with that again.
In order to take him anywhere, requires at a minimum, the ability to transport him, mom, my wife, his powerchair/scooter (about 200lbs) and me. Plus anything we want to take along.
I had considered looking at a Cherokee six or Cessna 206, when I got the bright idea of looking at twins. I would have to get my MEL, but that wouldn’t be the end of the world.
I have hundreds of hours in 182s, and a few in a Cherokee six (aka “The Belchfire 300”). I figured the 206 would be the easiest to get checked out in, but lifting his equipment into the back could prove to be hernia inducing.
THEN I looked at an old aero commander. The lift height on that bird is minimal, it looks to have the room to haul all the gear I need. I realize that there must be a reason they no longer make them, so they must have their share of problems.
What kind of W&B issues do they have?
What about a Seneca or an early Baron?
Before anyone starts getting weird, things like TBMs Pilatuses, Caravans, King Airs, Challenger 600s, etc. are out of the question. I’m just looking to take a few trips with my dad.
Thanks for the input.