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Old 26th Oct 2020, 19:42
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Alternatives to C210 or Malibu?

I have an acquaintance looking for a single engine plane to buy. His requirements:

#1: His wife, who is ill with cancer, must be able to get in to the copilot seat. She has limited physical ability so overwing doors eg PA32R aren't suitable (they tried). Sometimes she can, other times it seems not. I've suggested a Lance or A36 Bonanza anyway with the idea that she can use the front seat while feeling well, and still easily get in the back when not so able.
2: 160 kt cruise or better. Possibly would accept up to 10 kts slower
3: Operate from a sealed 2700' strip, elev. 3100'. In USA southeast summer temps (Aerodrome is NC14 Boone, North Carolina.
4: Range ~500+nm to get from Orlando, FL to Boone. That's about 3hrs at 160kts. No fuel at Boone so the ability to go there directly, then hop over to nearby to get juice on the return is necessary. Alternatively get fuel on the way there and back, but it adds an extra stop and effort for his wife.
4: Turbocharged quite ok. Pressurisation too but not strictly necessary.

So far he's considered C210 & Piper Malibu. Can anyone think of equivalents? Even homebuilts/experimental. I'm having a hard time thinking of anything else.

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Old 26th Oct 2020, 21:02
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182RG, or does he need a six seater?
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Old 26th Oct 2020, 23:27
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Thought of that. Not quite fast enough for him. Maybe if he's willing to accept a slower speed.
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 15:46
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Must admit I'm stuck to think of anything else that's fast other than the Extra 400 which with only 27 built is probably a bit of hen's teeth machine - maybe a bit too hot for Boone as well.

Oddly enough, my sister lives in Boone, wonder if she happens to know the couple.
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 15:57
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The kicker here is the speed requirements.
Cirrus 22 out of his budget?
Alternatively wasn’t there a charter outfit offering door to door with a Cirrus?
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 17:42
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Fairly specific, and limited niche specified there.
Of course, P210 and Malibu are the only single-engine piston pressurized options. The P210 only has the pilot-side door. Malibu with the aft air-stair door is not particularly easy to access the cockpit either. And, I don't have performance charts at hand, but I'd guess that short runway is pretty tight for the Malibu, certainly on warmer days.
I'd think the unpressuirzed 210s, with two doors, and reasonable takeoff distance, would probably be a good choice. And, I like the idea of the rear-door low wings, A36, PA32 series, too, as you said, allowing an either-or option for pax entry.
Other 2-door low wing models mentioned, Cirrus, and there's the Commander 114, but that doesn't help the passenger in and out.
If budget is no object, the Cirrus jet has an air-stair door, but I'm sure wouldn't fit on the short runway, either.
Never been to Boone (I'm betting it's beautiful country there), but, realistically, how many days per year is that little airstrip accessible due to weather and winds? Or, during the heat of the summer, it's just too short for whatever 150-160 kt aircraft might be chosen? Even on a moderate day, 25C pushes density altitude to 5000' or more.
No information here that you probably didn't already know.

Edit: If you could accept slightly slower speed, the turbocharged Cessna T206 might be one to look at, they actually cruise at a reasonable speed for a utility airframe.

It's a tough problem, high-hot short field and fast travel speeds are more or less opposite ends of the performance spectrum.
I hope your friends can reach an acceptable solution, but realistically it might involve a drive to a larger strip (understanding that's less than ideal).

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Old 27th Oct 2020, 18:33
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Originally Posted by Tinstaafl View Post
I have an acquaintance looking for a single engine plane to buy. His requirements:

#1: His wife, who is ill with cancer, must be able to get in to the copilot seat. She has limited physical ability so overwing doors eg PA32R aren't suitable (they tried). Sometimes she can, other times it seems not. I've suggested a Lance or A36 Bonanza anyway with the idea that she can use the front seat while feeling well, and still easily get in the back when not so able.

So far he's considered C210 & Piper Malibu. Can anyone think of equivalents? Even homebuilts/experimental. I'm having a hard time thinking of anything else.
Cessna Cardinal (177 or 177RG) is the choice of many with limited mobility. Just sit down from a standing position. No climbing required. The RG does an honest 140 Kts, and there is a turbo conversion available. For twins, the Cessna Skymaster (337) has a short air-stair entrance, but the pilot needs to enter first, which means you can't help the passenger. CardinalFlyers .com is the place to get type specific information.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 03:35
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It is a bit of a case of wanted two opposite things. The turbo C210 is looking like the best bet. Anyone happen to have cruise TAS for a turbo C182RG. It might just be fast enough? He'll be a brand new PPL so not sure a twin is a good option. At least not yet. And he hasn't mentioned twins anyway. Maybe a C337 would work? A later one, esp. if turbo'd.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 09:06
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Or the turboprop Allison 250 powered P210 conversion. The O&N Silver Eagle. 210 kts at FL 200 in pressurised comfort. With all the C210 airfield performance intact.
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Just picked a copy of Pilot from '79 from out of the pile and coincidentally it has an air test of the then new 182RG (not TC) - 156kt at 75% power and 7500'; range 800nm.
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 13:25
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Originally Posted by Tinstaafl View Post
...... He'll be a brand new PPL so not sure a twin is a good option......... .
Wow. That just lit up the master warning/master caution board like the proverbial xmas tree!
Not that a brand new PPL can't learn to adequately fly a fast airplane on long x-country trips, but, there's lots of makings for a standard disaster recipe in the scenario as described.
That said, insurance on any of the previously discussed suitable aircraft is likely to be prohibitive, and, in the case of a 210, (or Malibu) may not be obtainable at all.
Just sayin'....
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Old 28th Oct 2020, 18:06
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A guy

A guy with a new PPL!!!!

He will not be getting insurance on anything 150kt fast, complex until he has a few hundred hours under his belt and likely an IR.

Thinking sa fixed gear 182 would likely be best - good ish speed, not difficult to fly, ok access (a collapsable step to aid access and good for checking the fuel too) - ok insurance premiums and much, much less likely to kill himself in it.

Also it depends on where he is going - difference on a 400 mile leg between 135kts and 150kts translates to half an hour or so.
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Old 6th Nov 2020, 08:12
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I would have thought a brand new PPL would be a bit optimistic operating a Malibu or P210 from a strip with such marginal limits? A new pilot may find insurance will dictate the aircraft?
Just seen the two above posts 👍

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Old 7th Nov 2020, 01:14
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What about a Rockwell/Commander 114? To my eye still a thoroughly modern looking plane, wide access double doors, VERY spacious and well appointed cabin (relative to others mentioned), performance is probably not quite at the requested level but not too hot for a low time PPL, with a forgiving trailing link undercarriage. Very underrated aircraft in my opinion.
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Old 7th Nov 2020, 01:46
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Turbo 210 will be fine on a sealed 2700ft runway. The big issue is the IFR rating. If you want to go places then IFR is a must. for this category of airplane.

It is not totally outrageous for a new PPL to go straight to a 210. I did the check out and subsequent IFR training for a 100 hr PPL and he was insurable. However we had structured 50 hour dual program to get him there and then a mentoring program after he got his IFR.

The only caveat was this was 6 years ago. The insurance market is much tighter now so before you even start looking at airplanes it is important that you find out if you can get a quote. IMO there is no way anyone will quote a new PPL on a Malibu.
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Old 7th Nov 2020, 08:31
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How about one of the short Cessna 208s. A local horse racing stables near me has just upgraded from a Pa 23R to a 208.
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Originally Posted by JustinHeywood View Post
What about a Rockwell/Commander 114? To my eye still a thoroughly modern looking plane, wide access double doors, VERY spacious and well appointed cabin (relative to others mentioned), performance is probably not quite at the requested level but not too hot for a low time PPL, with a forgiving trailing link undercarriage. Very underrated aircraft in my opinion.
Nice enough aircraft, but not particularly good for high DA/short field. Not sure about continued parts support, either.
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