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Don Mackenzie
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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Andrew Niemyer -KDLH]
      #365331 - 03/21/13 05:19 PM

I'm having trouble with the International Comanche Society. The link comancheflyer.com is blocked as a dangerous web site. Is that the correct site?

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John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Don Mackenzie]
      #365337 - 03/21/13 06:42 PM

Site looks fine on my Mac. It looks very old, and has scrolling items that look like the sort of thing that could host off-site bad stuff, but probably doesn't.

http://www.comancheflyer.com/NS/


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Evad Rellimhtug
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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Don Mackenzie]
      #365352 - 03/22/13 02:37 AM

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After years of saying never, I'm considering buying a share of a 1969 single engine Comanche, PA24-260C. Everything firewall forward is new, replaced last year. Can someone talk some sense into me?




Don,
Your ears must have been burning. I'm in the process of trying to close a deal on a Comanche 250 with my current airplane partner. I've discovered that Comanche's are kind of like Harley's...it's a cult thing.<g>

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Evad


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Jeff Hartmann CIC
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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Don Mackenzie]
      #365379 - 03/22/13 07:13 PM

Don,

Here is another forum for Pipers, it has a Comanche forum.

http://www.piperforum.com

I have spent a few hours in both a 250 and 260B, if I could share one nearby, I would probably jump on it.

This 250 had dual Rajay turbochargers....odd to be at 210 and have the side windows ice up on the inside, but near 200 TAS ( a while back but probably MPH )

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Jeff

nothing clever to say right now...

Edited by Jeff Hartmann (EQY/SVH) (03/22/13 07:15 PM)


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Don Mackenzie
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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Don Mackenzie]
      #365555 - 03/25/13 03:55 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. (I note nobody tried to talk me out of it.) I have joined the International Comanche Society and talked to their head maintenance guy from whom I have a list of things to check out. We're trying to find a time for the owner to take Marsha for a flight; No point having a plane if she doesn't like it. Moving one step at a time.

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Re: Buy share in Comanche??? [Re: Don Mackenzie]
      #365616 - 03/26/13 04:23 AM

Quote:

After years of saying never, I'm considering buying a share of a 1969 single engine Comanche, PA24-260C. Everything firewall forward is new, replaced last year. Can someone talk some sense into me?

I recently moved to Windsor CA (no I'm not retired, just moved closer to the wine), at the base turn to KSTS. There's little to rent but 172's and I'm used to the C-T210 I rented in KPAO. This Comanche seems like a good compromise: Not as complex as the T210, decent performance, will let me travel reasonable distances.

I haven't been very active (an understatement) but thought to ask the experts. I can also be reached donm at mackenzieSystems dot com.




Don,

The PA24-260 is a fantastic bird.
I have a few hundred hours of PA-24 time, the 180, 250 and 260 models.

Sounds like the firewall forward new part should help with the maintenance items.

My memories of the areas that need more attention are:

Instrument panel and autopilot, unless updated.
Cabin door. The latching mechanism, unless recently overhauled can be an ongoing maintenance nightmare. Having one of those new fangled pump up door seal, helps with noise.
Landing gear motor, actuators etc.

If you try and stuff anything but small kids in the rear seats, assuming it has the seats 5 and 6, it will be a tight fit for any adult.


The Comanche is one of the smoothest flying planes due to the tapered wing.
Landing smoothly can also be a challenge.


Overall, I miss flying that bird.

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USA Today said, people over 50 are calmer.


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