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Any experience with trainer jets?

Old 05-20-2022, 04:05 PM
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I am somewhat in the market for an old trainer jet. Most likely narrowed down between a BAC Jet Provost and a Fouga Magister. L-39 but I would rather have one of the others. I am hoping to own it for a year or two and fly maybe 50 hours per year. I know there is a good school to get the type out in Santa Fe.

Does anyone have experience in owning and/or operating one of these jets or knows of anyone looking to sell? I would prefer a partnership if the location and numbers made sense.

Thanks for any info,

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Old 05-20-2022, 04:51 PM
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Maybe with your current financial situation it would be a good idea to put off buying a jet for a little while. But its your life, do whatever you want.

I can't even afford getting a little cup of coffee from starbucks anymore without really feeling the pinch each month. Can't pay my bills anymore because the utlities have gone up so much. The 16% to retirement isn't even close to what I'll need.
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Old 05-20-2022, 05:21 PM
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There was a guy at Frontier who owned a Siai Marchetti S211 for a while. I think they look cooler than either of the two you mentioned. I have no idea how the operating costs compare or how available they are. Just another to consider.
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Is the extra testosterone you're getting kicking in, and you want to pretend you're Maverick?
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Old 05-20-2022, 11:35 PM
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I vividly remember Fouga jets from my airshow days as a teen. Cool looking bird. There was also a local guy that had a T-33. That seemed like a nice airplane.
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Old 05-21-2022, 09:44 AM
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I think youre underestimating the maintenance required to continue to fly those old birds and finding someone reliable that can work on them.
Also 50hrs/year seems painfully little to stay proficient in something that archaic.
These come with hot seats?
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F/O/T- Weren't you planning to be furloughed last week? Recession and all?
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:12 AM
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For the benefit of anybody who, unlike the OP, might actually be in a position to acquire such an aircraft...

I wouldn't do it unless you have mil fighter/trainer time. Or turbojet time and a LOT of piston aerobatic experience.

Otherwise you're just asking to die soon.
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Old 05-21-2022, 01:07 PM
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Ask Larry, hes one of the very few FAA designees on the L-39 in KSAF:
L-39 Albatros (Albatross) Jetwarbird Training Center | Jet Warbird Training
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Old 05-21-2022, 10:17 PM
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