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There was a 182P that I was trying to buy a few weeks ago that the seller got cold feet. I woke up this morning to a text message saying he is willing to sell and to come take a look this weekend if I’m still interested. Now i’m torn on what to do.

What’s the insurance difference? And does that matter? How many hours do you have?
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Hoping some of you aficionados can help identify a pair of planes I saw at ABIA yesterday around 12:15.

Spotted as I was in line to drop off, so they were on the West Runway, going North.  I'm pretty good with almost all military aircraft, but didn't recognize these so I'm thinking foreign or some random prop plane that just isn't in regular rotation. Definitely military, as they were that kinda grey, kinda OD green, and no visible markings.  Best way I can describe is a stretched out C130?  Longer than a Herc, with a huge vertical stabilizer.  Is there a public logbook with all planes in/out of ABIA?

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1 hour ago, Mittens said:

Hoping some of you aficionados can help identify a pair of planes I saw at ABIA yesterday around 12:15.

Spotted as I was in line to drop off, so they were on the West Runway, going North.  I'm pretty good with almost all military aircraft, but didn't recognize these so I'm thinking foreign or some random prop plane that just isn't in regular rotation. Definitely military, as they were that kinda grey, kinda OD green, and no visible markings.  Best way I can describe is a stretched out C130?  Longer than a Herc, with a huge vertical stabilizer.  Is there a public logbook with all planes in/out of ABIA?

Most newer C-130J's are 15' longer than the older E/H model that you're used to seeing.  That might be what you're referring to. 

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Very interesting.  I definitely did not know there was a longer version.  I should have snapped a pic.  Still feel like what I saw was longer than that - like double the length of the OG.  It felt almost like looking at a WW2 bomber from a fuselage perspective.  I'm sure someone will show up w/ logs and it will be that J model though.

 

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5 hours ago, Mittens said:

Very interesting.  I definitely did not know there was a longer version.  I should have snapped a pic.  Still feel like what I saw was longer than that - like double the length of the OG.  It felt almost like looking at a WW2 bomber from a fuselage perspective.  I'm sure someone will show up w/ logs and it will be that J model though.

 

Saturday night a Canadian AF Hercules flew over my house headed south. I pulled up flightradar24 and followed it all the way to Bergstrom. Probably what you saw. I didn’t pay any attention to the model other than Lockheed Herc. The flight originated at Winnipeg. I only followed it because it seemed odd to have a RCAF plane over Kansas. 

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5 hours ago, Mittens said:

Very interesting.  I definitely did not know there was a longer version.  I should have snapped a pic.  Still feel like what I saw was longer than that - like double the length of the OG.  It felt almost like looking at a WW2 bomber from a fuselage perspective.  I'm sure someone will show up w/ logs and it will be that J model though.

https://www.radarbox.com/data/flights/CFC2537/1909449229

Was buzzing around the lake the other day.  Loud son of a bitch. 

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3 hours ago, Anastasis said:

https://www.radarbox.com/data/flights/CFC2537/1909449229

Was buzzing around the lake the other day.  Loud son of a bitch. 

That's it! I said Saturday night but it was Friday. I've been in and out of a covid coma for the last several days and got my days  confused. This is my old man hobby. I wait for something to fly over and track it til it lands.

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Those guys were flying in a pair both Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. Both times I saw them they were heading north over NW Austin. They were flying at a very low altitude for being that far from AUS, heading away from AUS. Very cool sight to see.

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What’s the insurance difference? And does that matter? How many hours do you have?

I walked on the 182. There is a pretty good chance that it was flooded during a hurricane back in 2017.

I checked insurance today on the 250 and it came out to a little over 6K. While steep this was expected. I think I have a spot secured in a hangar which will help drop the premium.

I'm only at 115 hours. My plan is to try and fly 75-100 hours and get my instrument rating this year. Both of those should help out with the insurance at renewal.
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Wow that is pricey insurance, I won't be complaining about mine anymore.  Somewhat understandable low time and a retract, but wow. 

My next-door neighbor has a -300 and was formerly the president of the International Comanche Society. You might want to touch base with them for a check out program endorsed by them which may help your insurance rate. They also may be able to recommend a Comanche experienced local (to the plane) mechanic for a pre-buy inspection.

International Comanche Society (comancheflyers.com)

 

Good Luck.

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