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Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by WestIndian425, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. CK

    CK Well-Known Member

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    Re: Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestio

    It's actually a Rockwell Commander, not an Aero Commander.

    http://www.controller.com/listings/aircraft-for-sale/COMMANDER-700/1979-COMMANDER-700/1151437.htm

    Call Roger, tell him you'd like to checkout the plane.

    Oil changes alone will be around $1000 a year if you fly 300 hours. You can run a good, clean Navajo for between $8 or 10,000 a year if your are flying the plane often. These airplanes are old, complex, break often, are are not cheap to fix. His $2300 is either based on parts only (do they have their own MX department?) or they only do the bare minimum.

    It has the TIO-541, Lycomings bastard engine. But you are correct, it is not geared.

    Alex.
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    One off yet again.

    -mini
  3. WestIndian425

    WestIndian425 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestio

    That's the one I was thinking of as well! I'll give him a call, but driving to VA is a bit of a haul from north Jersey.

    I see! Thanks for the info. He did mention that the engines needed to be overhauled, which would run about $35,000 (GASP!).
  4. CK

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    Re: Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestio

    Again, a good overhaul will cost around $35,000 per engine on a big Lycoming.

    Alex.
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    WestIndian425 Well-Known Member

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    Actually, I understood it to be that...so a Navajo, while a good aircraft, is quite expensive to maintain!
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    Re: Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestio

    Any of these big twins are going to be. The TSIO-520s in the 414 are just as expensive.
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    WestIndian425 Well-Known Member

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    I see...getting the most value for the money is harder than I thought.:insane:
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    I've got a great Apache for sale.
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    jhugz The Juarez Express

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    Dude...I love that airplane. You just die single engine, the second engine is just for novelty. I wish I had the money to buy it off of you and then STC it for MoGas.
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    Well, you just come up with the money. It already has the STC. IFR too.
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    jhugz The Juarez Express

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    dahhhum...To bad I only make 10k/yr right now. You take a check? :)
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    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
  13. WestIndian425

    WestIndian425 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Piston Twin Good for Training and Transport -- Suggestio

    Okay, quick update:

    Today we went to check out a Cessna 340A (with the RAM package). This aircraft was pretty well-maintained (had all the logs too, and just completed an annual, though the engines are about 200 hours away from overhaul).

    Now for the experts among you, I'd like to know what are the pertinent questions to ask when shopping for an airplane. I can ask about equipment and maintenance and how the owners used the plane, but I'm sure I should be asking a lot more. What say you?

    Thanks! :)

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