Fastest single pilot airplane from point A to B

Vandal

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I'm planning on winning powerball on wednesday (I bought FIVE tickets!!), and got to thinking. What is the best airplane you could buy to get you and your family from point A to point B, single pilot. Money no issue (obviously). Thoughts?
 

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hah!
I believe the Beechcraft Premier is the fastest single-pilot bizjet at mach 0.80
 

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  1. CJ3, if you want maximum altitude, speed and climb rate.
  2. Piaggio Avanti, if you want quiet and room.
  3. Pilatus PC-12, if you need to carry a couple of motorcycles along.
It is like anything else - "it all depends". You pay your money and make your choices.

Good luck with that Powerball thing! ;)
 

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Ackattacker is right, if you're stictly talking "the fastest", but you specified "best". That depends on your needs and desires, but the Premier has a number of issues and I hear it is a little short on range if you fly it near MMO. Some like it, though.
 

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Hate to burst your bubble, but I think I'm going to win that powerball...

;)
 

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I'll go with the CJ3.
 

EagleRJ

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Well, if money is no object...

Have Rutan design you something!
 

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All airplanes can be single-pilot... just don't get caught doing it in most!
 

Sam Snead

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Money no object and single pilot only...

ASOHSB, it 'depends' on your mission.... why not buy multiple airplanes?

A Jet for speed/range (like the CJ or the Premier)
Turboprop for hauling and adventuring
172 to teach your kids
GET A P-51 for bragging. Oh and a MiG of some kind.

Then call me and let me fly the P-51. Please? California doesn't have Powerball!

C'mon, Powerball!:nuts:
 

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Actually, the Citation Encore will beat any of the airplanes listed so far. They'll do .74M atFL430 (420knots). Granted it's not a true "Single Pilot" airplane, but they can be flown Single Pilot with the Single Pilot Waiver (FAA waiver 4050).

Of the true SP Airplanes the CJ3 just edges out the Premier.

Of course this is only considering normally certified airplanes, I think a P51, L29, and Mig15's or any number of restricted category airplanes will beat those listed so far.
 

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Sam Snead said:
A Jet for speed/range (like the CJ or the Premier)

Did you just use the term "CJ" and "Speed" in the same sentence?? :p
 

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Sorry, but I've got my name on that thing (I bought 10 tickets today while in PHX).

I'm sort of vacillating between the TBM700C, or the Pilatus PC12.

I like the speed of the TBM, but that Pilatus sure is roomy/comfortable for the family.

Everywhere we want to go, jets are sort of overkill, but I like the new CJ1+ specs......

I thought the L39, or a P51 would be cool to have as "my toy", but the wife keeps threatening me that I can't have anything that does an aerobatic manuver....danged airplane novice (we just got married last year).

I guess with $125M after taxes, I could sort of have one of each.

Oh... and a house boat.....
 

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RTFQ,

Javalin is great, if there's only two in your family.
Ackattacker is warm, but I think the Swearingen may take the cake. If it's not already certified, it will be soon, and puts out some pretty impressive numbers. I don't know if they will be deliveries in the near future, but, IMHO, it is much more pleasing to the eye than some of the other options. The specs are impressive...

http://www.sj30jet.com/

Lilah


spin from the website....

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Dont forget the Merlin IV C ...a very quick t'prop
 
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