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Ed Cesnalis

Replace my CTSW with a CTSW or a Globe Swift?

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I'm going to have around $50k to spend on a replacement for my 13 year old CTSW.   I'm having a little trouble deciding on another CT as opposed to a Globe Swift given the new Basic Med.

 

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1) Maintenance and Gas bill deltas are significant.

2) You have the photo platform program down in the CT... will a low wing plane change your photo program significantly.

You will find another CT, hang in there.

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The way I have heard you speak about taildraggers, especially at your airport I think it is a silly question. I don't think a Swift would be a good choice under your conditions.

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I've got a few hours in the Swift, they are a bit sluggish with the 145hp but awesome with the 200-210 options!  They are pretty friendly on the ground but I've only flown them in fairly benign conditions.

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45 minutes ago, coppercity said:

I've got a few hours in the Swift, they are a bit sluggish with the 145hp but awesome with the 200-210 options!  They are pretty friendly on the ground but I've only flown them in fairly benign conditions.

200-210 for a Mammoth Guy.  Maybe 180hp.

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1 hour ago, FlyingMonkey said:

My buddy who owned a Swift called it "The fastest looking slow airplane available".

Max Cruise on the/some 210hp version is 175mph.

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My friend at my field has a red Swift. I think a CT will perform better on a hot day at your elevation. It will cost less to maintain and it doesn't have 50-60 year old parts. 

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1 hour ago, Roger Lee said:

My friend at my field has a red Swift. I think a CT will perform better on a hot day at your elevation. It will cost less to maintain and it doesn't have 50-60 year old parts. 

I would get a 210hp version, so no.

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I have a good friend who owns a large repair station in Charleston. He bought a swift with a 145 hp engine years ago. I always give him a hard time about "overhauled" engines (by who) and how it was maintained and I got a lot grief for my distrust. I flew with him one day and everything was great. The next time he flew the engine had a catastrophic failure over very dense forest. He saw a narrow logging road and made a successful landing except for a fence gate. Totaled the plane but walked away to the surprised logging crew that was there. Several months later after going through the fuselage he found a pilots logbook and in it he found a reference to a prop strike which was never put in the engine logs. My point is that it is nice to have a ballistic parachute on the CT. My friend was very lucky, it was the only logging road in the area. Roger is right these are old planes and most need a lot of work and Swift has few parts available. It would be great if the plane was totally restored but that would be $$$$$$. Good luck.

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