Need a small airforce?

Recovry4x4

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Well, this is depressing. I was getting ready to list all of mine as a package deal but this seller went and depressed the market. I knew I should have listed them earlier.
 

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200k is just the tip of the iceberg.

You will spend that on each airframe to meet FAA requirements.
And thats with no surprises.

Customs will be a bear also.

Very cool though.
 

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Stay away. there's a reason the Italians built it and the Israelis are selling it , Centrifugal engines are rarely used these days, last one in the USAF was a J -69 used in the T- 37 tweety bird . solid little engine, low thrust, easy teardown and overhaul. It was a French design and was in in use for roughly 50 years. I can tell you they were slap bang worn out in the mid seventies , but flew on well into the nineties at least. Worked jets for twenty years and can tell you the average Joe cant afford one. Theses days even Uncle can barely afford them!
 

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I get asked a lot about when I will get my own helicopter.
Been flying them for over 28 years now.
I always tell them......never!
They usually kinda have a shocked look on their face and ask why not?!

My response every time....
....because I know how much it really cost to fly them!

Even something like a Bell 407 is expensive to operate.
Ive never flown a piston powered helicopter so I don't know their cost.
I do know its lower than a turbine helicopter.


Yea, you have to have very deep pockets in private aviation.
Especially Helicopters.

......or surplus jets.
 

Recovry4x4

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I get asked a lot about when I will get my own helicopter.
Been flying them for over 28 years now.
I always tell them......never!
They usually kinda have a shocked look on their face and ask why not?!

My response every time....
....because I know how much it really cost to fly them!

Even something like a Bell 407 is expensive to operate.
Ive never flown a piston powered helicopter so I don't know their cost.
I do know its lower than a turbine helicopter.


Yea, you have to have very deep pockets in private aviation.
Especially Helicopters.

......or surplus jets.
Even mega powerball winners can't afford helicopters. Even if they have the proceeds to get one, without a sustainable income, a helicopter can eat through a pretty substantial budget. We had a fleet where I worked and the costs to keep them in the air is astronomical.
 

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You ought to see what the US Army spends.
Astronomical doesn't even touch it.
Ive seen the amounts.

Im not talking about weapons.
Just the cost to keep them flying.
Add weapon systems and it goes up two fold.

Yes Air Force spends 10x more Im sure.
Their toys are bigger and faster.

Yea
If I won the lottery. I would get out of aviation.
 
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