Commuter Aircraft Ideas

killbilly

Vocals, Lyrics, Triangle, Washboard, Kittens
Why not? Best way to waste your hard earned $$$.

I just came from the hangar. Lost about 7 lbs of sweat, blood and an occasional tear, trying to keep the shine in the polish. Loved every second of it.
Indeed. Paying for a house renovation right now....
 

ozziecat35

4 out of 5 great lakes prefer Michigan.
Piper Tomahawk. Just look at it as a sunk cost and throw it away when it's bad (12,000 life limit on wings I think). Like a car. I actually prefer them to C-150's in terms of comfort, flying qualities, etc.
I ferried a traumahawk once....never again. In normal cruise watching the tail vibrate was disconcerting to say the least.
 

Low&Slow

Ancora imparo
I'd probably just drive a car, but let's assume that you HAVE TO take an airplane...
I think I would want to take something fun. Probably something aerobatic, and practice aerobatics on my commutes.
I wouldn't take a boring straight and level cross-country airplane such a short distance.
 

BigZ

Well-Known Member
I ferried a traumahawk once....never again. In normal cruise watching the tail vibrate was disconcerting to say the least.
Naaaah, Tomahawk is an awesome airplane. My business partner had one briefly and I enjoyed every second of flying it. 50-75 rpm over idle on touchdown - smoooooooth greaser every single time. 95kts or whatever it was flying at was the biggest downside
 

chipdumper

New Member
Flying Magazine had an article several years ago about this guy in Washington DC metro area who commutes to work, year round, in his C152. Files IFR and is rarely delayed by Wx. Only goes about 40 miles or so but saves HOURS a day by avoiding the notorious Beltway. Dude has a •load of flight hours. IIRC, the funny part is how he really isn’t an aviation enthusiast - he just needed a method to maximize his time. The C152 is purely a travel tool and nothing else.

I have family 300nm away (direct) or 348sm driving. 1:52 flight time vs 7:00 driving around Lake Michigan. My old Mooney can always hit 138 TAS for about the same ownership price as a C172. The flying time is usually 1/3 the driving time. When I worked 8-hr shifts, I could fly to Detroit in the morning, take care of family business, fly back North, and still make it to work on time. I tried this in the C150 I owned and it was like a glorified Cub in the sky as headwinds would murder the groundspeed. I would have to plan my trips South by leading a High pressure system to blow me down South and then ride the West side of the High a day or two later to get blown back North. I don’t have to do that with my Mooney anymore.


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