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    Sundowner to Sierra

    I am considering trading my Sundowner for a Sierra. Not sure if i am
    trying to talk myself into or out of the Sierra since I love my
    Sundowner. What is a reasonable Sierra cruise speed and fuel burn at
    75% and 6 to 10K? What is a a realistic Usefull Load? How dose climb
    performance do in a climb at gross to 10 K?

    I am tryin to determine if it makes sense to move back to a complex.
    I do not want to go above 200 HP as I am 59 and do not want the +60
    insurance jump of a HP Plane.

    Mike Dawson








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    Sundowner to Sierra

    I have own and flown my '72 Sierra (MC-96) for over 6 years, I plan on
    and file for 127 knots and that is very accurate for my plane which is
    usually pretty close to gross. My useful load is about 1,050 pounds
    which is 3 hours and 4 better than faa sized people. My trips are
    usually with 2 adults full fuel and a load of junk in the back. I have
    not found any load conditions that put me out of cg. I recently
    changed over from the 2 blade to 3 blade prop, and there was a dramatic
    difference in takeoff and landing distances. At gross weight the
    takeoff perfromance on a warm day (I fly from NJ and close to sea
    level) doesn't give you a very easy feeling but all other aspects of
    the flight are great. I burn about 11.5 gallons per hour at 75% power
    which is about 2600 and the throttle to the firewall. I burn about 1
    qt of oil every 10-12 hours. I would love to go faster but in the 125-
    150 hours I fly a year the increase in cost would be hard to justify.
    Annual inspections are about 20 hours plus squaks. My insurance is
    $1,500 with the hull at 75K and six seats. I have made many upgrades
    to my plane and you would be very happy to own one.

    Bob Palamara
    '72 Sierra
    9707L
    MC-96

    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "dawsonmic23" <dawsonmi@a...>
    wrote:
    >
    > I am considering trading my Sundowner for a Sierra. Not sure if i am
    > trying to talk myself into or out of the Sierra since I love my
    > Sundowner. What is a reasonable Sierra cruise speed and fuel burn at
    > 75% and 6 to 10K? What is a a realistic Usefull Load? How dose
    climb
    > performance do in a climb at gross to 10 K?
    >
    > I am tryin to determine if it makes sense to move back to a complex.
    > I do not want to go above 200 HP as I am 59 and do not want the +60
    > insurance jump of a HP Plane.
    >
    > Mike Dawson
    >






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