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Apr. 11th, 2014

04:45 pm

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It turns out that buying an aeroplane is an incredibly drawn-out process. I'm almost there, but like Xeno's walk there may still be some time to cover the last little bit. The sequence is:

That's as far as I've got right now.  Coming up I believe we have:Today I signed a lease on a 1000 sq-ft piece of asphalt at the Toronto City Airport (next to hangar 1, where the UN DASH-7 aircraft hang out).  That's mine for at least a year.

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From:benicek
Date:April 11th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Even owning a car strikes me as almost too much stress to be worthwhile.
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From:delta_november
Date:April 11th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
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It certainly can be. I get the same parking anxiety with both -- the fear of having this thing and not having anywhere to put it.

This plane is a new vehicle for me. Built in 1985, it's only 29 years old. My ownership history to date has been:
- 1989 Jeep Cherokee (body rusted out, engine compression failed)
- 1969 Land Rover (frame rusted out)
- 1995 Plymouth Neon (totalled in collision)
- 1970 M38A1 (still running!)

I can't imagine buying a new car *shudder*.

Edited at 2014-04-11 09:04 pm (UTC)
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From:benicek
Date:April 12th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
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I didn't realise they were still making those M38A1s as late as 1970.

Owning a plane sounds a lot like owning a small sailing yacht.
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From:kiwano
Date:April 14th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
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As the owner of a 30' sailing yacht, I can assure you that the purchase process is nearly identical (except instead of flying to a mechanic, a surveyor comes to the boat, and the subset of identified repairs that must be done are done to a deadline set by the insurance company after purchase, rather than being done right when they're identified (so the buyer is known to be footing the bill for that, and the negotiation is for how much the agreed purchase price should be lowered in recognition of those costs).
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From:benicek
Date:April 14th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I'll change that from 'yacht' to 'house'.
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From:delta_november
Date:April 14th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I believe for kiwano, a yacht is his house is his castle :).
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From:kiwano
Date:April 14th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
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My money's on "house" being closer to "yacht" than to "aeroplane" ;)
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From:probabilistic
Date:April 13th, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)
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Are you going to name it?
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From:delta_november
Date:April 14th, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I think it may already have a name. From my Google chat logs, January 2011, largely removed from context:

delta_november: You too, huh? Let's go halves on a yatch and flee our responsibilities;).
leftofcool: our escape yatch? :)

So I think this may be The Escape Yacht. It's tempting to get that painted on the side. Since my life lacks adequate adult supervision, I'm also thinking bomber girl nose art may be appropriate.
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From:kiwano
Date:April 14th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Make it distinct and visible from a long distance, so if I see you coming in for a landing when I'm making my way home from the beach, I can keep my big pointy mast further away from the exclusion zone, and save ou a touch of anxiety.

Also, what sort of plane is it?
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From:delta_november
Date:April 14th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
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This bird has retractable landing gear, giving me an additional 12 inches of clearance over the big pointy mast :).

It's a Mooney M20. Recognizable as a small single-engine, low wing, with all of the leading edges being normal to the direction of travel. The trailing edges are swept forward, and it generally looks like it's leaning into a stiff breeze. It's also as fast as greased lightning and can fly circles around the little Cessnas that frequent the island.
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From:kiwano
Date:April 17th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
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Finally checked wikipedia for M20 images; looks like a neat plane. Definitely want to see a bomber girl to distinguish it from any other M20s though ;)
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