Monday, August 18, 2008

Narrowing the Search for the Perfect Plane - Sebring Air Show 2008

I have determined that I am on quest for a plane that has fabric wings, a good heater, can land on water as well as land and has room for two sets of golf clubs. My must have list rules out the majority of the planes at Sebring. However, I do come across a quirky looking plane called the Aventura. The owner of the company is working at his booth and we have a great chat about his plane. It seems to have everything I am looking for and the price seems to be very reasonable.

I show my husband the plane and he seems to like it but is taken by some of the sexier looking planes at the Air Show including the new Cessna Skycatcher. I remind him that the Skycatcher won’t fit his clubs and it costs thousands more. He is starting like the Aventura more and more.

Just a few observations; getting in and out of some of the small planes can be a challenge. It is good to be flexible. My childhood gymnastics is finally paying off. Another thing, most of the exhibitors thought my husband was buying the plane and was the pilot. My husband quickly rebuffed any of those ideas (he sometimes likes to do that before I have the opportunity if you catch my drift).

The Air Show was great. Sebring was small enough to walk around and see all of the exhibits in one day. We had a great time and learned a lot about light aircraft and learned enough to know that I needed to learn more. However, the Aventura was my top pick for now.


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"Pilot service fan" said...

My two favorite "must haves" for your plane are the heater and room to fit two sets of golf clubs. I have to agree with you about the heater, but I'm not so sure I care too much about the golf club space. Then again it would be perfect for luggage should I decide to travel in the plane a short distance.