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Discussion in 'AviatorChat.com' started by Hannibal308, Apr 12, 2015.
I'm pretty certain the guy flies F-16s for our dear old Uncle Sam.
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Uncle Sam doesn't use Simulators?
No, the Link was the first sim I trained in actually. But yes, uncle sam has some very nice sims that would blow your mind if you got to fly them like I have. We just very, very rarely used them to practice flying airplanes. We used airplanes for that. Sims were to practice destroying stuff.
In the F-16 we would pull power to idle miles and miles from an airfield and fly to high key and never touch the throttle again until taxiing clear of the runway. We would do the same thing heavy-weight after takeoff where High Key could be in the high teen-thousand feet and you were at space shuttle speeds and nose low to the runway. In the RAF Hawk at Fast Jet Test Squadron it was even more insane...pull to idle at 600-700 feet on takeoff and touch and go on a cross runway at MOD Boscombe...we practiced it all the time. We didn't have sims to practice EPs.
Regarding terms, sorry I haven't even had to look at my little grey and blue "ticket" in about 20 years...not sure how it's stated on there, I only know it says commercial MEL/SEL and Instrument something. But after getting my private SEL on my 17th birthday, all the others were mail in my military checkride certs and just mailed back from the FAA, so I kidded not when I say I don't know much.
If I have to do a sim for insurance reasons for whatever plane I end up with, so be it. No big deal. It just seems dumb when I'll be flying my own plane around to get myself to and from work.
Appreciate all the tips...
If you own a fast turbine, insurance is going to make you do recurrent training every year. Too much liability for them.
I think the main reason for the sim time is though I fly over 300 hours a year, nothing ever goes wrong. You could go years without an emergency and if you suddenly had one you'd have no idea what to do.
i'm just now reading this and sitting here laughing over the idea of commuting in an extra or F1 rocket
get a Cirrus and leave your ego on the ground
I'm a big fan of single engine turbine power. A little background on my like for them. Back in 1989 my Dad decided he needed a little bit faster twin over his Saratoga. Then Socata came out with the TBM-700. Then Piper came out with the Meridian and he has a half share in one with one of his clients. So basically since 1989, our plane discussion center around single turboprops.
So I don't think its a crazy choice. But if me, Id go mid 90's Bonanza like this 1994 BEECHCRAFT A36 BONANZA TURBOPROP Turboprop for sale Wichita KS Jackson & Associates - 2181945
get an insurance quote on the "cheaper" SETP options out there....your options will quickly dwindle
TBM, PC12, Piper...sure....but these aren't $250-300k airplanes that thread starter is mentioning.....L39, lol....$50k/yr in insurance, $800-100/hr in gas....still interested?
Actually, the Extra LT is built for exactly the mission the OP wants to do. It's not something that would work for me, but to each his own.
I tend to forget insurance costs. Although not cheap, its more reasonable here in Canada. Most GA airports here have well funded flying clubs. Most have a decent rental fleet and a few have flying schools. Since its a club the schools are non profit. So training here is a little more reasonable as well. The added bonus of a club, you can find all kinds of qualified pilots for reasonable money.
Fortunately, my ego goes everywhere with me as it's not sickly and still passes the annual exam. After flying Vipers for a living, flying a Cirrus is akin to asking a retired F1 driver to commute to his consulting job in a Prius. You're not likely to see that happen...ever.
(Kidding aside, Cirrus is a great plane, it's just not for me)
I went to the UK to flight test the 330LT and it really is a perfect commuter for what I had intended. Three round trips a month from Phoenix to the tri-states area and back, where no commercial travel is available, about 160NM each way. A 50 minute flight rather than a three and a half hour drive would have been welcome. Doing the same in about 35 minutes in a Turbine Legend is something I would have liked to try as well.
Anyway, it all became moot as I now commute in an A330 HNL-PHX-HNL once a month instead. I had to choose between living on the beach and flying my own plane to work. I chose the beach.
If you want to know what a turbine Legend is like to fly, here is a flight review.
(Yeah, I am a little late to the party, but here it is from the horse's mouth. )
Too funny...I'm back in the market for one...
did you ever buy a plane to fly for the last 4 years?
This is one of two that I partnered in...this is taking off out of Oshkosh last summer as #4 in a 4-ship...
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