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Old 07-15-2018
cafmustang cafmustang is offline
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Default Flying to BB driving?

Have any of you made the transition from flying to driving? I've had the airplane addiction for 40 plus years, still have a Bonanza...and fly fires in the summer.

Having spent the last half-decade out west flying fires in the summer, I've become pretty convinced that having a BB would be a great way to spend the rest of the year. I've had a couple friends who have had BBs, and loved them.

A couple of decades ago I had a SOB diesel pusher, had no troubles, but just wasn't the right time in my life...now, I think it would be...but would like any feedback that anyone would give about transitioning from flying all over the country to driving all over the country......



Most of my money I spent on planes, the rest I just wasted.....
"Most of my money I spent on airplanes, the rest I just wasted"

Stan Musick
Locust Grove, Georgia
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You may drive fast enough in a bird to think you're flying but we all hope you never get the wheels off the ground. There is a saying in the bird community, " You can drive as slow as you want all the time but you can drive too fast only once". Because **** is bound to happen.
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After working airplanes for 30 years at Atlanta Center it was a no brainer....one of my favorite sayings late in my career was....THAT'S why I bought a RV!
Welcome to the group good luck with your search
Kip Henry
95 WB42 S-60
88 WB40 2010/14
Brooks, GA
Kip Cindy & Cody
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In my younger years I was a Pileit ......we never made enough money to buy a plane.

My brother would chop wood and I would pile it.
Jerry Polston
1998 LXi
Murrells Inlet, SC
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Old 07-15-2018
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No problem on the transition. You just fly slower and burn a heck of a lot more fuel. You will also find your banana boat is far less expensive to maintain.

I have held a private multi-engine instrument rating since 30 years old and have 4000 flight hours owning my own Baron for 35 years. I am 75 now. I even did aerobatics in my Swift. Great fun.
A big ole' bus burns about 10 gallons an hour. The banana boat burns about 10-12 gallons per hour based on year and the engine configuration.

You can go from there.
Leroy Eckert
Dahlonega, GA

Former "Smoke N Mirrors" caretaker

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Old 07-15-2018
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And you’ll still have an altimeter and a whole bunch of other gauges to look at. Almost like you were in a cockpit.

Bob Sumners
1993 WB
1983 PT35 Sold
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I've spent the last 25+ years (over 18K hours) looking down at our country, flying people from here to there, wishing I could stop and enjoy the sights. They pay me to fly, but I gladly pay to drive my bus, stop where the mood strikes and enjoy the sights. My dad was an airline guy as well, and (regrettably) never took the time to stop and enjoy life. Airplanes suck (coming from someone who makes a good living off of them). For me, no choice - drive slow, live for the day and enjoy the ride
Ken and Tammy Morgan
Payson, AZ
'80 FC35 SB
'76 FC35 SB (project)
'91 SP36 (sold)
2008 Dodge Dakota 4x4 toad
A whole herd of English Bull Terriers

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Originally Posted by jwmp View Post
In my younger years I was a Pileit ......we never made enough money to buy a plane.

My brother would chop wood and I would pile it.
Harold n Cat McMullen
Sam 11 year old min schnauzer
Mooringsport, Louisiana
1994 BMC 37' "Sold"
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
1986 F150
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Amazing how many pilots own Bluebirds, jump into ownership, every rally we’ve been to, I’ve met pilots, and controllers, plenty of hangar flying...
Lance & Linda Hall
2004 M380
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When I’m not painting the Wanderlodge, I work on my Wittman Buttercup:

Jim & Renee Phoenix
Bonney Lake, WA
1982 PT40 6V92

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