Multi Training: '72 Seneca I vs. '64 Baron A55

Alchemy

Partner, Ally, Friend
Multi Training: \'72 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

I just wrapped up my commercial single engine and am looking to do the multi add on. My flight school has one of each aircraft mentioned in the subject, and I am having a hard time deciding between the two.

The seneca rents for $140/hr abd the Baron $180/hr. I've been told the avionics layouts in both airplanes isn't that good (it seems that in most planes manufactured before 1970 they just stuck all the instruments whrever they would fit, without regard to things like instrument scan). The Baron has an HSI and Garmin GPS, but the database isn't current for IFR and the HSI hasn't been working that great.

In cruise, the Baron will do 180-190 knots and the Seneca only about 130-140 or so. The extra cruise speed of the Baron would be nice if I ever wanted to use it for personal trips, but I'm not sure it would worth the extra 1000 bucks or so to get my rating in it rathern than the seneca. Also, the seneca *might* be more forgiving to a beginner multi student because of its slower speeds and counter rotating props.

My CFI said it didn't matter to him which one I used, so I figured I'd ask on here if anyone has had experience in either of these aircraft, and if so, tell me your opinion. Thanks.
 

mrivc211

Well-Known Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Dude, theres no reason to pay more for the same thing. Go with the cheaper plane. Fly the more expensive one on someone elses dime. That is when your a CFI.
 

Alchemy

Partner, Ally, Friend
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

That's pretty much what I'm thinking mrivc21, but I've heard some bad stories about the old senecas and just wanted to fish around for opinions. More than likely I will be going with the seneca.
 

JJay

New Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

I think 1972 was the first model year for the Seneca.
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Think of it like this.

A go around in that Baron is going to be about $45. A go around in the Seneca is going to run about $35.

Or,

If you do 15 hours of training, you'll save $600.

$600 almost 4 hours and 17 minutes of extra flight time in the Seneca.

Or an extraordinarily wild night in Las Vegas after you pass your multi-engine checkride!
 

Alchemy

Partner, Ally, Friend
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Yeah you're right JJay, it looks like the first seneca deliveries didn't occur till 1971 http://www.airliners.net/info/stats.main?id=308

I guess it's a 72 or 73 model, since they came out with the Seneca II in 74. I'll go ahead and change that in my first post but you get credit for pointing that out.
 

pavelump

Well-Known Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

that garmin and HSI sure are nice for IFR stuff, but if you're just doing the commercial add on, who needs 'em.

Dave
 

BlueStreak

New Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

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That's pretty much what I'm thinking mrivc21, but I've heard some bad stories about the old senecas and just wanted to fish around for opinions. More than likely I will be going with the seneca.

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What kind of things have you heard about the Senecas? Just wondering since that is the multi that I have access to eventually.

Happy Flying!
 

Alchemy

Partner, Ally, Friend
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Nothing too specific, just that they were sluggish and didn't handle too well with one engine failed (then again, there aren't many recip twins that do, right?). Also specifically regarding the seneca I, the controls are not as refined and it just doesn't handle as well as later models. Then again, I have ZERO multi time so I don't really know what I'm talking about. Just fishing for opinions.
 

ready2fly

Well-Known Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Anybody heard anything about the Beech Travel Air? (specifically, how they handle, quirks, etc.) That's what I'll be doing my twin training in.
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

B-95 Travel Air!

I have about 50 hours in one of those. Great aircraft! Can outperform a duchess or a seminole and only has 180 horsepower.

Took some time to get used to the "Props/Throttle/Mixture" arrangement though.
 

ready2fly

Well-Known Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

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Took some time to get used to the "Props/Throttle/Mixture" arrangement though.

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K - you've stumped me. Having zero time in twins..... is a Travel Air's throttle quadrant set up differently than other light twins?
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

Yup, on the left you have the prop control,throttle in the middle and mixture on the right.
 

ready2fly

Well-Known Member
Re: Multi Training: \'69 Seneca I vs. \'64 Baron A55

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Yup, on the left you have the prop control,throttle in the middle and mixture on the right.

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That's in the Travel Air. What are other twins throttle quadrants set up like?

Or am I TOTALLY not getting it?
 
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