“LL, you can afford a new PC-6B2H4 (Pilatus Turbo Porter) with full IFR package, extended range tanks and up-powered radar.”
Just because I can, does not mean that I will. I have some business pending that could push me off the decision making fence, though. Best wait and see how it all works out…but…you know about boys and toys and the prize going to he who has the most.
Pilatus is taking orders for another month and they’ll roll out the last of the PC-6 aircraft in 2019. I’ve been toying with putting an order in.
Those in touch with the LL philosophy will understand that one of my dreams for retirement is barnstorming across the US and Canada in the summer months with my grandchildren. The Porter (turbo) is one of the more rugged and effective VSTOL aircraft in the civilian world, with a reputation stretching back sixty years. The Pratt and Whitney PT-6 engine doubles the horsepower in the original engine. Add a 4 blade variable pitch propellor and it’s pretty cool.
The engine is capable of putting out 750 horsepower (instead of the rated 550 HP) but doing that reduces the life of the engine. Life is nothing but trade-offs.
I’m driving to the White Wolf Mine and you know that I’ll be thinking that it would have been better if I simply flew there. The Porter doesn’t break any speed records, but that’s not what aircraft is about. It will haul over one ton of cargo, ten people or a bit of both. Are you thinking that it would be sort of a camper for a barnstormer working his way from here to there? If so, you’re reading my mind.
I know what you’re thinking. I know how your evil minds work. You want to tell me that if it flies, floats or does something else, I should lease, not buy.
Yes, there’s that.
PS – I am fond of other aircraft as well like the North American OV-10A Bronco. Some are in private hands, though many of those are repurposed for firefighting. The cost of the aircraft and the operating costs of an OV-10A push it beyond what is realistic for me.