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    Beech 77 Skipper

    Hi Folks,

    I am presently looking at a clean, low-time 1980 Beech Skipper.
    Over the last while it's occured to me that my back seat takes a lot
    of extra fuel to carry around empty 90% of the time, in addition to
    extra insurance. If I'm really honest with myself, for the type of
    $100 hamburger runs I do, a two-seater would do the job just fine
    and maybe reduce the cost of the hamburger to $85. So I'm thinking
    of buying the Skipper, selling the Sundowner, pocketing the
    difference, and enjoying lower-cost flying while maintaining Beech
    quality. I don't need to go anywhere real fast. Plus I'm thinking
    of early retirement in a few years, or perhaps reducing to part-time
    work, so lower cost flying would be of great appeal.

    Any thoughts on this? What should I know about when I look at a
    Skipper? Like our mice, I understand they're a bit slower on cruise
    but better on comfort and quality compared to the Brand-C trainer,
    and fewer ADs than it's Brand-P look-alike. How do they fly
    compared to a Sundower for anyone who's flown both?

    Appreciate any input from fellow Beech gurus with 77 experience!

    Mike
    C-GTLM




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    Beech 77 Skipper

    Mike, I see you are a BAC member. There are twelve Skipper owners in BAC (and three Duchess Twin owners). I'd be surprised if any of them are MML participants. I could be wrong, but you'll probably be better off to post this on BAC in a Forum.

    FWIW, the Skipper is generally held in quite high regard. Most are relatively low time, and (unlike most Tomahawks) many have not been used in training service at all. Most are better equipped than similar planes of their era, and most have been in private ownership with better TLC. They have had far fewer maintenance and AD problems than their peer airframes. My personal opinion is that they are sleeker looking than the Tomahawk, with their raked cabin canopy bows and flush vertical stab tip.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Mike Gammon
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2005 10:12 PM
    Subject: [musketeermail] Beech 77 Skipper


    Hi Folks,

    I am presently looking at a clean, low-time 1980 Beech Skipper.
    Over the last while it's occured to me that my back seat takes a lot
    of extra fuel to carry around empty 90% of the time, in addition to
    extra insurance. If I'm really honest with myself, for the type of
    $100 hamburger runs I do, a two-seater would do the job just fine
    and maybe reduce the cost of the hamburger to $85. So I'm thinking
    of buying the Skipper, selling the Sundowner, pocketing the
    difference, and enjoying lower-cost flying while maintaining Beech
    quality. I don't need to go anywhere real fast. Plus I'm thinking
    of early retirement in a few years, or perhaps reducing to part-time
    work, so lower cost flying would be of great appeal.

    Any thoughts on this? What should I know about when I look at a
    Skipper? Like our mice, I understand they're a bit slower on cruise
    but better on comfort and quality compared to the Brand-C trainer,
    and fewer ADs than it's Brand-P look-alike. How do they fly
    compared to a Sundower for anyone who's flown both?

    Appreciate any input from fellow Beech gurus with 77 experience!

    Mike
    C-GTLM

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