New Student Pilot looking at a Pelican PL wanting advice

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  1. Jul 31, 2017 #1

    Sean

    Sean

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    Hello all,
    I am new student pilot looking at getting my own aircraft. I've spent the past year grilling myself with the costs of ownership and while I would love a 4 place with 1400 lbs of useful load, amphibious floats and a turbo for high altitude, that burns just 4 gallons an hour I know better than to imagine the impossible.

    My requirements are not simple but not extravagant.

    -im big so useful load is needed
    -fly out of an international airport so a Mode C is required
    -electric start as I will be flying solo and thus wont be hand propping.
    -reasonable range as airfields are not all that numerous here (ever 150 miles) and I don't want to be hopping from one to another refueling every time I go somewhere
    -speed isn't a major factor but 100kts would be nice
    -no aerobatics required, ive done all my spin training in a rental
    -tri-gear as I learn (don't want to bite off to much)

    A Pelican PL has come up for sale in my general vicinity and it seems to fit the bill and I want to know what this crowd thinks of this little homebuilt? its got a lot of hours so ill be getting it inspected, but seems like most of what I need.

    1710 total hours
    Weight net 840lbs
    gross 1400lbs
    Engine 912S engine time 1230hr.
    Propeller Warp Drive in flight adjustable
    Garmin 296 GPS
    Radio ICOM IC-A200
    Transponder Garmin GTX 320
    Dynon Avionics EFIS-D10A
     
  2. Aug 1, 2017 #2

    Joe Fisher

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    You need a capable time builder. The pelican looks by the pictures looks good. From experience I would recommend a Piper Colt PA22-108.
     
  3. Aug 1, 2017 #3

    Sean

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    I've been thinking about the colt, but its hard to find non-Owner Maintenance ones up here, and I'd like to be able to fly across the bord. I also was thinking that I might as well get a tri-pacer over a colt, as it has the flaps and an engine upgrade to maybe carry a third person from time to time.
     
  4. Aug 4, 2017 #4

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    The Pacer (Tri or other wise) can be a cost effecrtive time builder. I recommend you look for something like that. Just my 2 cents...
    Percy in SE Bama, USA
     

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