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    Sold Sundowner

    My trusty Sundowner N9761L has changed hands. I needed more lift and, short of a Bonanza, did not find a suitable Beechcraft replacement. I really wanted to stay with the Musketeer product line because they are so well built with so few maintenance issues. Although a lot of the literature lists the Sierra useful load as circa 1100 pounds, I could not find one that was even close. I really did not want a C-182 with a 1500-hour TBO engine, so I found a Piper Cherokee Six - 300 that is in good shape. It has a useful load of 1450 pounds instead of a bit over 900 that the Sundowner provided. I will probably keep the Six until I retire and can't afford the fuel, insurance, and maintenance, then get another Sundowner. Until then I will monitor BAC-Mail, but I don't check Musketeermail any more. BAC is a great source of information and is well worth the nominal annual fee.

    Carl Foster Cherokee 4220R Tucson, AZ

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    Sold Sundowner

    If you ever want to go back to a Musketeer look for one of the 200hp
    SuperIII - mine is ~1070 useful load and every one I've seen is in the
    1030-1080 range - and fixed/simple to boot for insurance (there's a few
    out there with constant speed props too).

    But I sympathize with the Cherokee Six - it's high on my list if I need
    more poop myself.
    --
    Mark


    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org
    > [mailto:bac-mail-bounces@beechaeroclub.org] On Behalf Of Carl Foster
    > Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 7:33 PM
    > To: BAC Mail
    > Subject: [BAC-Mail] Sold Sundowner
    >
    > My trusty Sundowner N9761L has changed hands. I needed more
    > lift and, short of a Bonanza, did not find a suitable
    > Beechcraft replacement. I really wanted to stay with the
    > Musketeer product line because they are so well built with so
    > few maintenance issues. Although a lot of the literature
    > lists the Sierra useful load as circa 1100 pounds, I could
    > not find one that was even close. I really did not want a
    > C-182 with a 1500-hour TBO engine, so I found a Piper
    > Cherokee Six - 300 that is in good shape. It has a useful
    > load of 1450 pounds instead of a bit over 900 that the
    > Sundowner provided. I will probably keep the Six until I
    > retire and can't afford the fuel, insurance, and maintenance,
    > then get another Sundowner. Until then I will monitor
    > BAC-Mail, but I don't check Musketeermail any more. BAC is a
    > great source of information and is well worth the nominal annual fee.
    >
    > Carl Foster Cherokee 4220R Tucson, AZ
    >
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