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Old 04-14-2010, 03:50 AM   #1
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I fly a 1965 PA 24-260 and I am based at L45. I fly my Comanche as often as possible. I love my Comanche. It has a decent payload, long legs, cabin room and is reasonably fast. I cruise at 153nts. Some speed mods (although I don't know if they really do anything) ie; single fork mains, speed spats, hub caps, flap gap seals, B model spinner, Tail air scoop, nose wheel fairing, JAS tips with enclosed strobes and nav lights. I think it was one of the best singles ever built, but then I am biased............


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Old 04-15-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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You are not biased.. You have the best aircraft that Piper has built. I would be extremely happy to own one. I was fortunately flying out of a FBO in Indiana for awhile where they had one of the same planes you have. It was a great all around aircraft. Plus you have a great area to fly it, with the Oceans close, Sierra Mountains next door and a low altitude airport. Enjoy...


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Old 07-17-2011, 07:36 AM   #3
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One of the reasons that the Comanche is so different then the rest of the Piper line is that Al Mooney had alot to do with the design.
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I agree. I fly the same model and it is a pleasure to fly. I am out of 4 v1 and there are 5 PA 24 s on the field.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:42 PM   #5
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I also agree the comanche is the best plane out there. My 65' 260 is a great plane that just helped me get my IFR rating in last week. But now me and the wife have decided we want a twin, but don't worry it still only comanche we want, so I am actually just about to list my bird for sale and will be showing her off at Oshkosh while I start window shopping twin Comanche's
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Old 07-21-2017, 02:00 PM   #6
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I fly a 1965 PA 24-260 and I am based at L45. I fly my Comanche as often as possible. I love my Comanche. It has a decent payload, long legs, cabin room and is reasonably fast. I cruise at 153nts. Some speed mods (although I don't know if they really do anything) ie; single fork mains, speed spats, hub caps, flap gap seals, B model spinner, Tail air scoop, nose wheel fairing, JAS tips with enclosed strobes and nav lights. I think it was one of the best singles ever built, but then I am biased............
I agree I fly a 64 Comanche 180. Nicest flying plane I have ever owned. I had my fair share of problems with the landing gear and engine, but after repairs, it is now a solid flying machine for exactly the reasons you state.

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With the Comanche, you get a great airframe capable of flying head to head with any other modern day aircraft at hundreds of thousands of dollars less. There are a few problems with diminishing parts availability and AD's, but with the price difference you can upgrade the avionics to as modern as you can afford and purchase a hangar to put it in.

I've used the unmatched service ceiling to fly over the Rockies in the summer and into Las Vegas when the clouds surrounding Vegas were keeping everyone else on the ground. Congratulations.

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Old 08-21-2017, 05:00 AM   #8
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Were there any aerodynamic improvements between the 250 and 260 or 260B? Was watching some YT videos and a guy owns a 250 and gets (solo) 165mph true at 6k @ 18C @ 14pgh (~75%). No speed mods and a 3-bladed prop. I always thought of the comanche as a 155-157 knot airplane at 75%, 3-bladed prop notwithstanding of course. 145ktas @75% seems slow.
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Nope, they were all the same basic airframe. They didn't really make any speed mods until the c model. I find I get my best speed right about 9K. WOT 2500 at 14-15gph I always see 160kts+. I have the 2 bladed prop and no speed mods. The comanche really likes to go high and if you take her up to 12k you'll still see 155kt+ with fuel burn down to 12-13 gph, but I like to go fast so depending on weather I usually try to flight plan around 9K at 160kts
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Love my 180 - usually gives me 138 knots on 9 gph. Stretched a bladder busting cross country from San Luis Obispo, CA to Santa Fe, NM non-stop once (did have a tail wind) with an hour of gas left.


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