What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

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What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Paul Lilly on Jun 4, 2017 2:09 pm

We all have our favorites! But why do we choose them? Is it the utility that matches your mission; is it the ramp appeal; was it the model your father owned; or does it just happen to be the one that is available at your local airport? Our paths to our passion likely help influence our choice.

I would like to know! Let's share how we got to where we are today.

I'll start!

I have a V Tail Bonanza as my choice to own. It has the capability of getting me quickly to places my wife and I like to go to, and with the tip tanks, non stop. Of course all Bonanzas do that, but I picked the V Tail model because of it's unique look. I had always been partial be Beech because I trained at a Beech Aero Center in Sundowners and Sierras. The center always had Bonanzas available although I did not fly them during training, I loved to look at them and see them fly. Shortly after my training the Beech Aero Centers closed, but many of the schools kept the planes on leaseback and continued to operate, and I rented them until I could afford my own. My favorite plane to own today, has a lot to do "brand-wise" with where I started a long time ago. Then within that brand finding the model that fit my mission and style.

So what is your favorite airplane to own and why?  Your turn to share!


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Re: What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Pat Shapiro on Jul 16, 2017 12:21 pm

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Re: What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Pat Shapiro on Jul 16, 2017 12:38 pm

Hi. I've owned a 1973 Beech Sundowner for over 30 years. I still love it. Not fast, but roomy, comfortable, two doors, sturdy and reliable.

Re: What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by J Killian on Jul 17, 2017 9:27 am

I have owned two Piper "Cherokee" planes.  The first one was a 1969 180 which I owned for 25 years and kicked myself for ever selling it .  It was a wonderful.plane; low cost flying, easy to fly, and could carry four people easily. No, it wasn't the fastest plane, but remember it is all about the journey, and not the destination.  I now own a 1978 Archer II.  It is basically the same plane and is a little faster.  I love it, but one never forgets his first love.  I know that this is much about "Ford or Chevy": and I think what you learned in has a big bearing, but I have always preferred low wing over high wing.  I have flown a lot of Cessna's and although they are fine planes, I came back to the Piper.  I very much respect those that have chosen the Grumman also.  It is a great airplane and had I been able to find the "right one" when I was looking for my second plane, I might be flying a Grumman now.  9ca9ab93324a1b08cdbea4562eb62857-huge-20
 

Re: What is your airplane of choice to own, and why?

Posted by Aaron Harrington on Jul 17, 2017 10:10 am


I absolutely LOVE my Cessna 177B Cardinal. It goes fast enough to do cross-country flying while fuel efficient and mx cost efficient enough to fly friends around locally.
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