I am on my final decision of buying a plane. My home base will be a 2800 feet dirt runway, in very good condition, at seal level (I live in south Brazil).
I prefer the Toga to have the 6 seats and better CG flexibility. For the same money, the Toga will be 94/95 and the F33 90/91, both in the 2000 hours range. An A36 is out of my budget and my family wants a newairplane, so an older A36 is not under consideration.
But I have some concern about the Toga landing gear being used on a normal basis in the dirt runway. Is the Piper retract system tough enough ??? Or I should go the Bonanza F33 looking for a more massive and resistant system ???
As I have read a lot about both planes performance, comparisons, etc, I would like to keep the issue of this post JUST ABOUT THE LANDING GEAR ROBUSTNESS POINT (or as close to it as possible) and the convinience and/or safety of using the Toga on a dirt runway as a rule.
I will really appreciate any comments.
Tks. a lot.