1 hour 20 minutes today was all it took to remind me why we love what we do.
Beware the fog and airframe and carb icing.
Take off performance much degraded due 10 inches of snow.
The country has never looked as well or as strange.
Navigation is even a lot more difficult
But above all, enjoy it if you can get the chance
Post was designed to encourage people to get out flying, not rub it in.
But any way , here goes.
Fuel, maintenance and insurance, total cost about €40 per hour at 85 knots.
80 horsepower Land Africa not as thirsty, say about €8 per hour less. You lose about 5 knots but will still take off and land in less than 100metres.
Hoping to fly the CTSW shortly, that does about 110knots at 12-14 litres of unleaded per hour.(€20)
Then if you really want speed and economy look at the Pipistrel Virus short wing. 135 knots at about 11 litres per hour.( manufacturer also claims that while it is not certified for aerobatics,it has been tested to +/-12g.)
On the other hand, Ranger just bought a beautiful little weight shift for less than €2000 and is having great fun blattering about at 45 knots, I'd say €20 per hour is all its costing him.
Horses for courses but the important thing is to get up there and enjoy it.
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