Aircraft Review

December 1998 Issue

Are You Nuts To Want a Twin?

If you have to ask, the answer may inevitably be yes. A hard-nosed cost analysis.


Iíll begin with a conclusion: Financially, owning a twin is nuts.

I pay to haul around a lot of extra stuff to support a second engine, total horsepower is divided between two packages which complicates emergency decision making. And unless I continue to take serious dual every six months, Iím probably not as safe as Iíd be in a single.

On the other hand, Iíve been in general aviation for 30 years as an owner, instructor and attorney and I know that buying decisions arenít always clear-eyed, unemotional examples of piercing analysis. You could argue that buying any airplane makes no sense at all. Make that times two for a twin.

When I mention to other pilots that I...

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