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Something for a break from all the recent seriousness...If you won enough money in the Lotteries to obtain your pilot licence (assuming you don't already have one) and purchase your own aircraft, what would you buy? Try to keep it sensible - I can't see anyone really going out to buy their own Boeing 777 even if they had the money for ten (10) of them. As for me, I'm tied between either the Pilatus PC-12 and the Beechcraft Super King Air B350. I'd just love being able to hop into the plane on the weekend to visit family up and down the east coast here in Australia!Edit: This is not an FS-related question, so please don't say you want PMDG or anyone else to make a certain aircraft next. This isn't a wishlist for that. It's just for some fun to dream "what if".

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Depending how many people you usually carry but I would be very happy and satisfied with the Socata TBM850 - ideal for my ski vacations or even some dive trips in the Caribbeans and this baby is fast for a single engine prop. If I want to to fly transcontinental I would gladly purchase a first class ticket on someone else's 777 :(

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If we're talking within reason private aircraft, probably a Cessna 400...If money was absolutely no object I'd have a 757 like Bruce Dickinson haha.

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Something for a break from all the recent seriousness...If you won enough money in the Lotteries to obtain your pilot licence (assuming you don't already have one) and purchase your own aircraft, what would you buy? Try to keep it sensible - I can't see anyone really going out to buy their own Boeing 777 even if they had the money for ten (10) of them. As for me, I'm tied between either the Pilatus PC-12 and the Beechcraft Super King Air B350. I'd just love being able to hop into the plane on the weekend to visit family up and down the east coast here in Australia!Edit: This is not an FS-related question, so please don't say you want PMDG or anyone else to make a certain aircraft next. This isn't a wishlist for that. It's just for some fun to dream "what if".
I would want a 747-400 or 777 full motion simulator, I have no desire to own the real thing. I want something I can make mistakes in and come back the next day. Yes, if I were going to have anything that would be tops on my list over cars, homes, etc. :( Vincent

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After flying in one on Friday, I'd have to say a Super Decathlon...Although, if you took me up in a Raptor....

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I recall a few years ago there was a BIG jackpot in the NSW Lotto - something like (AUD)$30 million. At the time, a local small airport was up for sale 3 mins drive from my parents house. I think it was worth about (AUD)$6 million. I remember saying that if I won, I'd purchase the airport (it was used until 10 months prior for a small regional airline until they moved), knock down the buildings, build a nice house, a nice big hangar large enough for 2 or 3 aircraft, fix the taxiways and apron, put up a nice new fence and live there with my PC-12 AND King Air. Ahh, that would've been the life for me. Unfortunately, some other twit won instead of me - the whole lot, he was the only winner! Sob, sob.

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Cessna CJ3. Enough range to get me to California without a stop, single pilot certified, and plenty fast.

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Cessna CJ3. Enough range to get me to California without a stop, single pilot certified, and plenty fast.
With the exception of the Citation X, I've never seen ANY Cessna described as fast.Just%20Kidding.gif They're called slowtations for a reason...(the Columbia 400 doesn't count)

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With the exception of the Citation X, I've never seen ANY Cessna described as fast.Just%20Kidding.gif They're called slowtations for a reason...
Fast enough for me. :(

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Well since you'd need to be a real pilot and know how each plane handles, plus costs involved with keeping one, it's hard to say. How about an MU-2? :(

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Beechcraft Baron hands down. Turbines are way too expensive to maintain and the beechcraft is powerful yet fast and has a good range, but that doesn't matter. Any GA plane will land every 2 hours or so.

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I doubt that i'd buy an aircraft at all, but rather invest in a full-motion simulator, like Vincent.I would also buy a house with a big enough space to fit the simulator in. And last, but not least buy myself a nice day-cruiser/speedboat.. probably a Donzi 43 ZR.RegardsJan

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Cessna CJ3. Enough range to get me to California without a stop, single pilot certified, and plenty fast.
One thing that turns me away from ever considering such jets is FAR requirement to wear an oxygen mask above FL350. So you either hire an extra pilot or stay at or below FL350 but then it costs you dearly in fuel. For me flying it a single pilot without oxygen mask is the key thing. I think the single engine PiperJet will be limited to FL250 or FL300, don't recall. Anyway altitudes below FL300 are much less crowded and much easier to fly "direct" - this is the volume of airspace I would rather be in. So I would only consider aircraft that achieves peak performance in those lower altitudes.EDIT: can't believe that someone would ever consider a simulator in lieu of real aircraft. For me it is not only flying but moving my family from place to place and interact with real weather, real airports, real controllers, etc. I would rather buy a lesser aircraft than a larger simulator...

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I doubt that i'd buy an aircraft at all, but rather invest in a full-motion simulator, like Vincent.I would also buy a house with a big enough space to fit the simulator in. And last, but not least buy myself a nice day-cruiser/speedboat.. probably a Donzi 43 ZR.RegardsJan
Hi Jan. A house to fit your new sim?Before it closed, CX had their sim bulding just north of the main Kai Tak terminal. It had an L1011, 747 200/300 and a 747 - 400 (1989) housed inside. It was no house - more like a factory estate! These things were huge and the back up room to run them is also not small. I was told back then that running the 400 sim worked out at about $8,000 an hour.That too would be my choice but it would have to be a mighty big win all the same.Chris Stanley

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Hi ChrisWell, i wouldn't have gone for a Level D simulator and i would certainly not build a house around the simulator, that would be a bit over the top, especially in Norway where the prices are relatively high compared to the US and Asia :)But i would rather enjoy a good flight simulator instead of owning a real aircraft, considering maintenance costs, parking fees, landing fees..etc.Kind regardsJan

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I recall a few years ago there was a BIG jackpot in the NSW Lotto - something like (AUD)$30 million. At the time, a local small airport was up for sale 3 mins drive from my parents house. I think it was worth about (AUD)$6 million. I remember saying that if I won, I'd purchase the airport (it was used until 10 months prior for a small regional airline until they moved), knock down the buildings, build a nice house, a nice big hangar large enough for 2 or 3 aircraft, fix the taxiways and apron, put up a nice new fence and live there with my PC-12 AND King Air. Ahh, that would've been the life for me. Unfortunately, some other twit won instead of me - the whole lot, he was the only winner! Sob, sob.
Ya, I think BG must have a tumor, with all that money, geeeezzzzzz, whats he spend it on? Vincent :(

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Beechcraft Baron hands down. Turbines are way too expensive to maintain and the beechcraft is powerful yet fast and has a good range, but that doesn't matter. Any GA plane will land every 2 hours or so.
Well, y'all Horned frogs need to land every two hours to ask for directions anyway Just%20Kidding.gif.Come to think of it, I'd actually like my own personal TU-160...

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The most recent military fighter that can have a US registration. Even if it's Experimental Category.Fuel would be a killer, but it sure would be fun..At Van Nuys, theres a guy who owns a few T-38's. Nice economical toy for a fighter.JB

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If money was absolutely no object I'd have a 757 like Bruce Dickinson haha.
A little old school, right on brother.BretP.S.- Seeing the Saab340 doesn't have a tradional FMS, any chance of having some pull and throwing the idea around for possible considerations under the EXPRESS product line? :( Good Luck with the J41, I hope it does incredibily well and opens the door for more attention to turbo prop commuters. Cheers

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Ya, I think BG must have a tumor, with all that money, geeeezzzzzz, whats he spend it on? Vincent :(
I've no idea what he spend it on - he chose to remain anonymous, as would I. However, I did hear about a young man in the United Kingdom who, in his early 20's, won a substantial amount in a British lottery and proceeded to blow the lot rather quickly. It was on 60 Minutes, I think, the Australian version. He bought some beautiful old mansion, then ripped out all of the landscaped gardens at the rear of the house, had bulldozers create a circular race track of dirt and each week bought old cars from dealerships to invite his friends over for a demo derby, buy large, expensive TV's, that sort of thing. In just a few months he'd blown something like eight million pounds, if I recall correctly. What an absolute waste!

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In just a few months he'd blown something like eight million pounds, if I recall correctly. What an absolute waste!
Probably the best few months of his life though!Paul

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Probably the best few months of his life though!Paul
Perhaps, but I'd put enough money away in a bank so that my children would never be struggling financially when I've passed on. What that guy did in the UK was pretty reckless in my opinion.

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If my pro golfing career takes off (ha!) then it'll be a Citation Mustang for around NZ, and a Dassault Falcon 7X or A319 CJ for the long haul trips to PGA tour events. :-)And yes, I would want to be type-rated on any plane I would own!

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For me, a nice sexy GV with those ultra shiney nacelles and big engines....taxiing out with idle reverse to control taxi speed.....mmmmmmmmmmm :(

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