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Laps around the US ( $35-55 / hour time building )

Black Sheep

Well-Known Member
#1
I have access to an IFR Grumman AA-1B that I will be flying laps around the US to build my hours for ATP. I am doing this regardless if anyone joins me or not but would hate to see an empty seat go to waste. We would be splitting hood and safety pilot time. I have a few flight plans sketched up but am still finalizing them; they include island hopping in Key West and the Bahamas, grass and dirt strips throughout the South, flying to airshows, and possibly to Alaska.

Will be flying 80-200 hours a month. (Just for reference: TX to Key West and back is 25 hours, TX to Key West to Cali and back is 50 hours, and a lap around the whole US is 80 hours.)

About the plane: annual will be done in the next two weeks, 185 hours SMOH, 140 hours SPOH, new seats, new windows and canopy glass, paint in good shape, cruises around 110 knots, can fly with the canopy open, sporty handling, 2 seater about the same width as a C172 (41 inches, two 190lb pilots can fit without bumping shoulders).

The below wet rates are for each of us:
$55 / hour: 25 or 50 hour block
$50 / hour: 100 hour block
$35 / hour: 500 hour block or more

If anyone is interested let me know the following:
  1. How many hours you need
  2. Where you are located
  3. When you are free

Send me a PM for more information,
Thanks!
 

B777

New Member
#3
I have access to an IFR Grumman AA-1B that I will be flying laps around the US to build my hours for ATP. I am doing this regardless if anyone joins me or not but would hate to see an empty seat go to waste. We would be splitting hood and safety pilot time. I have a few flight plans sketched up but am still finalizing them; they include island hopping in Key West and the Bahamas, grass and dirt strips throughout the South, flying to airshows, and possibly to Alaska.

Will be flying 80-200 hours a month. (Just for reference: TX to Key West and back is 25 hours, TX to Key West to Cali and back is 50 hours, and a lap around the whole US is 80 hours.)

About the plane: annual will be done in the next two weeks, 185 hours SMOH, 140 hours SPOH, new seats, new windows and canopy glass, paint in good shape, cruises around 110 knots, can fly with the canopy open, sporty handling, 2 seater about the same width as a C172 (41 inches, two 190lb pilots can fit without bumping shoulders).

The below wet rates are for each of us:
$55 / hour: 25 or 50 hour block
$50 / hour: 100 hour block
$35 / hour: 500 hour block or more

If anyone is interested let me know the following:
  1. How many hours you need
  2. Where you are located
  3. When you are free
I am Interested...need a lot of hours....Location Honolulu
Send me a PM for more information,
Thanks!
 

bri-guy

Well-Known Member
#4
I have access to an IFR Grumman AA-1B that I will be flying laps around the US to build my hours for ATP. I am doing this regardless if anyone joins me or not but would hate to see an empty seat go to waste. We would be splitting hood and safety pilot time. I have a few flight plans sketched up but am still finalizing them; they include island hopping in Key West and the Bahamas, grass and dirt strips throughout the South, flying to airshows, and possibly to Alaska.

Will be flying 80-200 hours a month. (Just for reference: TX to Key West and back is 25 hours, TX to Key West to Cali and back is 50 hours, and a lap around the whole US is 80 hours.)

About the plane: annual will be done in the next two weeks, 185 hours SMOH, 140 hours SPOH, new seats, new windows and canopy glass, paint in good shape, cruises around 110 knots, can fly with the canopy open, sporty handling, 2 seater about the same width as a C172 (41 inches, two 190lb pilots can fit without bumping shoulders).

The below wet rates are for each of us:
$55 / hour: 25 or 50 hour block
$50 / hour: 100 hour block
$35 / hour: 500 hour block or more

If anyone is interested let me know the following:
  1. How many hours you need
  2. Where you are located
  3. When you are free

Send me a PM for more information,
Thanks!
If I still needed to time build I'd be all over this, I wish I knew what I know now back when I first started out. During that time building phase I should of traveled more, I did a trip to Philly this past year and I loved it.

Seriously if there's anyone on this forum that needs to time build you really should contact "Black Sheep". You won't regret it.
 

Black Sheep

Well-Known Member
#5
Thanks "bri-guy", I appreciate the kind words.

I'll be updating this thread over the next couple months with photos of the trip and things that I've learned so should be good!

As of now I will be flying from Boston to Florida at the beginning of April and then over to Texas.
 

Black Sheep

Well-Known Member
#7
Texas / Key West might be interesting. How many days are you figuring?
Texas to Key West and back would be a week trip most likely if you take it at an easy pace. 5 days of 5 hour flights with 2 days for enjoying the journey.

Or it could be a weekend trip of 3 days, flying 8 hours each day.
 

Black Sheep

Well-Known Member
#8
Annual is complete, will be leaving Boston next time there is a break in the weather and will be heading down the coast to Florida and then over to Texas.

If anyone new contacts me then these will be the rates.

$55 / hour: 25 or 50 hour block
$50 / hour: 100 hour block
 

bri-guy

Well-Known Member
#9
Thanks "bri-guy", I appreciate the kind words.

I'll be updating this thread over the next couple months with photos of the trip and things that I've learned so should be good!

As of now I will be flying from Boston to Florida at the beginning of April and then over to Texas.
Hey Black sheep will you be here for Sun N Fun? If you are PM me and I'll try to meet up with you to say hi :)
 

Black Sheep

Well-Known Member
#10
I'm trying to make it down for Sun N Fun but these storms that keep hitting the East Coast is making it difficult. I flew around New England today and it was pretty gusty but I had a good time. First flight after the annual and IFR upgrades. Had a 140kt cruise with the winds.

I may try to catch a commercial flight down to Florida though and rent a car to make the air show if I can find a rental cheap enough! I'll let you know though if I do make it!