View Full Version : OT... WHat planes do you fly in real life? (56K beware)

03-02-2005, 05:31 AM
I fly this plane, the Piper Cherokee 140/ PA-28 140.

It's a great little thing to fly.

Post pics of your plane!

Rgr that Ivan, done.

03-02-2005, 05:46 AM
my plane looks quite dorky, its an UL plane but with better prestanda then pa28 and what ever, a bit lover sidewind limits though... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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03-02-2005, 06:02 AM
First time I flew (last year)was in such (PBNA-Booshers) aircraft.That was a blast. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

03-02-2005, 08:30 AM
Same model Cherokee as you Boosh.

G-d I love that plane.

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-02-2005, 08:38 AM
Cool pic Boosh...but Geez, does it have to be so big? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I'm grabbing some pics of my own.


03-02-2005, 11:26 AM
I hate Cherokee 140s!! Yuck!! They're ok as long as you fly alone or with a light to medium weight passenger. Just don't plan to carry much else in them.
Ok for just joyriding I guess. My favorite Cherokee is the Cherokee 180, now that's a practical plane!! You can carry lots of friends, luggage and it will still nearly climb on it's prop.
I like the Skyhawk II also but it's middling as far as payload capability. To me payload means a lot, speed and range are a close second.

03-02-2005, 11:39 AM
Yeesh.. I would love to fly, my eyesight being the limiting factor.
Have flown for a good few hours in a Hercules though.

03-02-2005, 12:44 PM
Cherokee 180 out of Scappoose and a Cessna 152 on the south coast. Neither is mine but belong to long time family friends. I've flown the Cherokee for almost 10 years and Cessna for longer. I like the Cherokee, but the Cessna's better for sightseeing along the coast and looking for whales. The Cherokee's great for getting off shore and doing some real flying down low.

03-02-2005, 01:44 PM
Ha! Boosher! I believe I flew in that exact airplane (and I mean that very one) with Angus on an introductory flight/lesson. One of these days I gotta get back there just to watch the planes taking off and landing. Maybe I'll see ya.

03-02-2005, 02:08 PM
Cessna 152 Aerobat and very rarely a two seater Pitts Special that is too bloody expensive because the guy who has it on line won't let it go without him being in it also)

03-02-2005, 05:46 PM
Lilhorse, that airplane is N6139J. Unfortunately, that plane is now a write off. Someone took off without checking the fuel for water, and apparently there was water in the tanks. After takeoff the engine sputtered and died. THe plane crashed in a nearby neighborhood. Luckily there were no fatalities, but the instructor and the student were in critical condition. The student lost his will to fly after that. The instructor is still in physical therapy.

It's an unfortunate thing, also added to the fact that it was my favorite Cherokee in the training fleet. Their age is taking its toll. My little airport originally had eight Cherokees. Now we're down to three.

I also do have about an hour or so in both a Cessna 152 and a 172, as well as the Piper Warrior. Of the 4 I prefer the Warrior much more. I'm a fan of the low-wing design. I also found Cessnas to be a bit on the cumbersome side in ground handling. However, I'm also very sure that had I been trained in Cessna from the start I would have been able to appreciate it more. Still, for now, the Cherokee's my baby.

03-02-2005, 06:06 PM
Piper Warrior (PA-28), Cessna Commuter (CE152), Cessna Skyhawk (CE172), Cessna Caravan (CE208), Fairchild Metroliner II/III (SA226/227).

I had a few hours in the Diamond Katana, but that was a long time ago and I wasn't able to log most of that time...

Unless I forgot something, that about sums it up...

And Boosher, I strongly disagree with you on the Cessna's cumbersome ground handling... You should fly it more than a few hours before saying such an awful thing! I can turn that thing (152) on a dime without differential breaks!

I'll still remember the Warrior as being the first aircraft I XC'd in... That was back when I was 10!!! It's a pity I don't remember the November number anymore...

I prefer the sheer lightness of the 152... Very light on the controls, and you can literally feel the tiniest wind gusts. But I find the plane to be very responsive and it requires quite a delicate hand to fly. It's not a plane I would like to XC in (the 152 I usually fly is not IFR certified), but it's definately a great plane for a joyride on a nice day, or for some visual approaches and touch and go's.

I really love the Cessna Caravan... Comparing it to the run of the mill 4 seater GA A/C is like comparing apples to oranges. The thing can keep in pattern with jetliners... I absolutely love this plane. It has very agreeable controls, though it requires a lot of trimming. I also love the weather radar. I remember flying jump seat a few times from Des Moines to Cinci, and on the way you'd literally be dodging thunderbolts and thick storm clouds... AT NIGHT! I heard some military pilots talking about how civilian aviation reeks from lack of testosterone/adventure/action! Bullsh!t! If you don't get motion sickness, you'll prolly piss yer pants! One thing I absolutely hate the Caravan for is its AWFUL De-Icing equipment. It's one of the worst planes to be caught in icing conditions with.

The Metroliner, especially the MetroIII, is a great plane, although it's really a cylinder with wings and two turboprops. The Metro's I flew were unpressurized, unsoundproofed cargo versions, and they were God awful in terms of noise. But they are FAST FAST FAST! I believe the max operating speed is 248 KTAS! Pretty speedy for a tin can! I took one to 29,000 once... You couldn't help but feel in the WWII-bomber-pilot mood, especially with the oxygen mask on! And it has MUCH better de-icing equipment than the Caravan. From the perspective of someone who lives in Michigan, that's a very important little detail!

03-03-2005, 12:01 AM
Piper Cherokee, Piper Tomahawk (Traumahawk!!), Piper Seneca, C-172, C-180, C-185, DHC-2, DHC-3, DHC-6. I've also got one unlogabble hour on a CL-215 waterbomber (including one drop!!!!!!) Everything except the piper aircraft I've done on both floats and wheels!

03-03-2005, 12:50 AM
Brings back memories seeing that Piper. Have you tried sideslipping it yet? On my final check ride, the instructor chopped power so I had no choice but to sideslip the 140 over a farmers fence for a simulated forced landing. The instructor didn't say a word as he pushed the throttle back in. Still not sure if it's proper to sideslip a low winged aircraft or not but it was fun and the Piper was very stable ... just let go of the controls during a sideslip and it straightens itself out.

Happy flying, Boosher.

03-03-2005, 05:08 AM

A If you needed to lose altitude you could have either put in full flaps or found another field. It is generally not a good idea to cross-control (IE- sideslip) when your engine is out, b/c if you stall, or something else bad happens when in the slip, it can turn into a spin quickly.

Anyone else? C'mon whaddaya fly?

03-03-2005, 12:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by PBNA-Boosher:

A If you needed to lose altitude you could have either put in full flaps or found another field. It is generally not a good idea to cross-control (IE- sideslip) when your engine is out, b/c if you stall, or something else bad happens when in the slip, it can turn into a spin quickly.

Anyone else? C'mon whaddaya fly? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Heh heh .. already had full flaps but it was going to overshoot if I didn't sideslip. We were quite low to the ground when the instructor pulled this on me so the field dead ahead was the only choice. The head instructor's name was Harry Warman -- I think he enjoyed the action as he chopped power again on a following lesson in a Cessna 150 when we got back to the airport and he watched while I called the tower, cut across traffic and deadsticked it on runway 7. This was in the early '70s and some of the flight instructors were WWII veterans. Hammer head stalls and such were par for the course for these guys http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

03-03-2005, 01:06 PM
I just fly RC planes! cubs and

03-03-2005, 04:51 PM
Hey there Boosher - I'm not a pilot but I do fly with a friend of mine often in a 1946 Aeronca Champ. Here it is on a beach in Washington State. Th airport is Copalis St. and its on the Seattle Sectional.

Really is an airport on the beach! Elevation is 1'

03-03-2005, 05:12 PM
The beach is the airport? God, I am moving there!!!

03-03-2005, 05:34 PM
I don't have any flight experience outside of simulators, but I do have some experience with this:


and flew a military simulator of this:


03-03-2005, 06:21 PM
I'm not a real life pilot but have been up in a few oldies but goodies. Once I was kidnapped by the Captain and First Offier of a small commuter airline I worked for. I was forced at suitcase point to fly the companies DHC-6 Twin Otter between stops. No, no passengers were on board, just the 3 of us. What a treat that was.

Then I became an 18-wheeler pilot. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

03-03-2005, 06:28 PM
Korolov, I'm jealous!

But...while I may not get to play with simulators like that I do at least get to frequently shoot people with simmunition for training. Yup, the only thing better than FarCry is getting to stitch a reserve volunteer "bad guy" up one side and down the other with an MP5 loaded with bright yellow .40 cal sim rounds.

To add to the fun those things can really hurt if you get hit in an unrmored spot, as the scar on my side proves.

03-03-2005, 07:26 PM
I'm new to combat simming so I don't post much except ask for help. But on this subject I can join in.

Although retired from full time flying I maintain currency in the Hawker 800XP, BE-300 and BE-1900-D. I also had the fortune to captain many other wonderful aircraft as well; all Beech products produced after 1965, Lear 20, 30 and 50 series, Citation Jet, Falcon 50, Cessna singles up to the 210, instructed in Citabria and the Decathalon and a spattering of very cool vintage aircraft like Aironca, Taylorcraft (owned a BC-12-D for a while in the 70's), Stearman, Luscomb, and others I'm sure I'll think of later.

It has been a dream career for anyone that loves to fly like me. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am still doing so. Today a King Air trip to Dodge City, KS allowed me to listen to Kansas City Center work the World Flyer as it made its descent to land at Salina, KS on the final portion of its historical non-stop around the world flight by a lone pilot. History in the making, and I got to witness it while flying in the same ATC airspace sector. Aviation certainly has been very good to me through the past 30 plus years. It's been a real hoot!

03-04-2005, 06:43 AM
Several gliders..

That one being one of them (owned by my club):


DG101G - a nice little bird http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

03-04-2005, 02:20 PM
That' looks awesom Bremsprop!

Where's ST_Pawnee? He's a glider pilot.

03-04-2005, 02:35 PM
See below.

03-04-2005, 02:48 PM

Flew this one 10 years ago, right into the side of a building. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

03-07-2005, 10:24 AM
Talking about gliding..

This pic has been taken in Scotland: