Inexpensive Twins

JDE

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I'm not looking for one, but I am wondering what would be a good, inexpensive twin to own and operate, and would be good for building time. Thanks in advance.

Jason
 

tonyw

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Yeah, get a six pack of Coors Light...

Oh, I'm sorry, you were speaking about aircraft? My bad.

 

pilot602

If specified, this will replace the title that
First off any airplane is NOT inexpensive. ALL twins wil run about 3x the maintenance and hourly costs as a single.

But ...

An Apache or Twin Commanche (both use 160 Lycoming 0-320s .. well later model apaches do anyway as do all the Twin Commanches). This equates to a low fuel burn .. 16.5 GPH (total) in cruise.

You can find a decent Apache for about $50k (probably about $80-100k for the Commanche). The only thing you have to watch out for on the Apache is parts are getting hard to find. Hard to find parts = expensive parts/work-arounds.

As far as the wisdom goes towards building time. I think it's a good idea but it's really up to each person and more importantly, their budget.
 

SteveC

Really?
Staff member
I was a part owner in a Twin Comanche for a few years.
We figured our total cost, fixed and operating, at about $120 per hour (based on 150 - 200 hours a year).
I flight planned 155 knots and 15 gph @ 65% power.
Great plane.
 

JDE

Well-Known Member
Being a poor college student, there is no airplane in my future for quite awhile...however, the six pack of Coors...
 

EDUC8-or

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I say Olson, they're loaded so they might pay for the date. Worst case scenario is Dutch Treat.
 

FL270

New Member
I've got to admit, when I saw the title of this thread, I was hoping it was referring to the walking, talking variety. The Olsens are a little teeny-bopper for me ... but oh well.

FL270
 

Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
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Anyone want to start the timer to see how fast Iain comes screaming into the thread seeking the Olsen twins reference?
 

Josh

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Opened this, thinking of another kind of twins, and at least this hasn't turned into a thread about cows yet.
 

SUSPilot

Well-Known Member
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Opened this, thinking of another kind of twins, and at least this hasn't turned into a thread about cows yet.

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No thats for the aviation humor forum
 

SteveC

Really?
Staff member
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Man, we could have used you a couple days ago in the "Look, no bra" thread...
 

I_Money

Moderator
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Anyone want to start the timer to see how fast Iain comes screaming into the thread seeking the Olsen twins reference?


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Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
That took 9 hours, 16 minutes Iain. But considering you're on the other side of the world, I'll give you 9 hours credit.
 
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