What is the recommend runway length to operate these birds? Can one get
away with a 3300 foot paved, that is 40 feet wide?
ROBERT SCHWARTZ wrote:
> --> L29-List message posted by: "ROBERT SCHWARTZ" <schwartzcompany@worl...>
> In response to Steve Roberts post:
> I've been involved in the L-29 community for almost 10 years and I feel that
> a response to Mr. Roberts is necessary.
> When the L-29 first became available the prices were around $100,000 for a
> certified , flying nice aircraft. The L-29 market was dramatically affected
> by the introduction of the L-39 to the civilian market. However, there was
> and still is no comparison between the 2 aircraft, except for the wonderful
> quality of Aero Vodochody production. The L-39 is a more sophisticated with
> more advanced systems, a very expensive fan jet engine, costing over
> $100,000 to replace and annualized routine maintained far above that of the
> L-29. That being said, it is a wonderful aircraft and even in today's
> marketplace of somewhat reduced prices, you are going to be paying $175,000
> and up for any decent flying aircraft. While fuel burn between the 2
> aircrafts is very similar.
> Granted fuel costs have risen a lot !!!!. But where can anyone buy and
> operate an ex-military jet with the reliability, ease of maintenance and
> parts availability that the L-29 affords for these prices? NOWHERE. The
> L-29 remains the biggest bang for the buck in all of the warbird community.
> Maybe you would prefer investing $70,000 in a YAK with a piston engine that
> requires a quart of oil per hour. (Don't get on me, I own one and love it!)
> Just a comparison. A $50,000 car would be worth $5,000 -five years latter.
> So, everything taken into consideration, its a wonderful aircraft and
> affords the average guy the opportunity to live a dream on a beer budget.
> With fuel being the single greatest operating cost, I suggest that every
> operator look at ways of relocating to airports that allow you to own your
> own fuel tank, or allow you to truck in a fuel trailer etc. After all,
> reducing fuel costs greatly enhances your hourly ability to fly this
> Times change and so will the market for the L-29. With surplus engines
> becoming a big issue with the L-39, the L-29 could see a revival in the
> coming months and years. To address resale value. The market is all over
> the place. I have seen very nice , well equipped aircraft sell for $100,000
> and I have seen them in the box for $18,000. Every case is different and
> the condition and representation of each aircraft is different. It takes a
> nice aircraft, (more than just slapped together) and some salesmanship to
> get the top dollar. But it is possible and I know of several that sold
> recently well above $50,000. Let work together and stick together. Happy
> Delfin Flying
> The Delfin Driver
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