Commentary

January 1999 Issue

Letters: January 1999

Twin Costs
Rick Durdenís article on owning a twin is a confirmation of my own experience. I operated a 1985 Saratoga SP for five years and my costs averaged $70 per hour. I was told that a twin would cost three times as much to operate. But, of course, I thought that was impossible.

I purchased a 1985 Seneca III two years ago and guess what? The average cost has been $195 per hour. Gas and oil cost is double and insurance and maintenance eat up the rest. I have had better luck than Durden in that my Seneca is an extremely reliable airplane. During the last 600 hours, I have only been delayed twice for mechanical problems.

Aside from the operating cost, I agree...

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