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November 06, 2018

Goodbye, Karlsson

I sold the Carlson and ferried it from Texas to the new owner in Iowa. What a fine flying machine this was. Unfortunately, it was a single-seater and I mostly use airplane for travel, so... The expense of rent is what did it in.

Pictured: the final photo of the Carlson, at an overnight stop. I forgot to take a picture when I handed the keys over.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at 11:57 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Well, you're up on me. I've never owned a plane. I've wanted to build an RV6 (Now a 7) but I don't have the kind of income that will afford it.

Posted by: Mauser at November 16, 2018 06:17 PM (Ix1l6)

2 I bought the Sparrow for $12,000 and sold for $6,000. The problem really is the hangar rent.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 17, 2018 06:36 AM (LZ7Bg)

3 Yeah, the recurring costs are what get you. One almost needs to own a ranch with your own strip... but then it's a huge fixed cost rather than a large recurring one.

I also really wasn't clear on what kind of mission I'd have for flying. I like the RVs for being really fast and powerful, but really low speed on the landing, Not quite STOL, but close. But pricing a new (ha!) or even a rebuilt IO-360 to put in it.....

Posted by: Mauser at November 17, 2018 08:40 AM (Ix1l6)

4 I looked at already-built RV-7 and they were outside of my budget. The decent quality examples started north of $75k. I ended buying a Mooney.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 17, 2018 07:07 PM (LZ7Bg)

5 I have the advantage of having worked for Boeing, so I know my way around a rivet gun.
But as it is, I don't really go anywhere. I haven't actually logged any time since 1996. wow.

Posted by: Mauser at November 22, 2018 11:42 PM (Ix1l6)

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