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JimC

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680W for sale
« on: April 22, 2022, 11:17:52 am »
Not my ad:

TURBOCOMMANDER 680W TURBOPROP • $40,000 • MUST SELL • 1965 680w Complete Turbo Commander was flying in 2020. Both Engines have been removed and crated Garret tpe-331-1-151A. Mid time engines hot section recommended, log books available. Parts Plane or Project plane that can be put back together and fly again if wanted to. • Contact Zachary Stetler - HANGAR 14 MAINTENANCE , - located Santa Teresa, NM 88008 United States • Telephone: 9153165417 • Posted April 21, 2022

Flying 2 years ago and it's already in pieces?
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Adam Frisch

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2022, 06:34:45 am »
Engines must have gone to an MU-2F or something, or maybe a crop duster.
Slumming it in the turboprop world - so you don't have to.

donv

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2022, 12:05:22 pm »
If I'm reading the ad correctly, it comes with the engines, they just aren't on the airplane.

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2022, 04:22:45 pm »
Then it's a friggin bargain.
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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2022, 04:27:14 pm »
Don't you need some engine parts? Maybe you could just buy the engines.

JimC

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2022, 05:54:09 pm »
Hmmm..it's not that far of a flight for me.
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donv

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2022, 06:01:38 pm »
Looking at the seller's website:

https://www.hangar14.net

I'm going to guess that it is an airplane that came to them for maintenance, or probably hot sections (or at least to R&R the engines) and the owner ran out of money to put it back together.

Adam Frisch

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2022, 01:15:53 am »
Did email, but no response yet.
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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2022, 01:35:35 pm »
I'm way too tempted to get this, get it flying as a fire attack plane to leaseback in the summers, and flying it myself the rest of the year.

I just reread all 30 pages of Adam's 680V thread to talk myself out of it.
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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2022, 12:04:35 pm »
No! Get a 690 instead. Vastly better airplane for not much more money, when you take into consideration the cost to get this 680, or any 680, properly airworthy.

Although, I don't know how much 690 prices have changed over the last year or two, so maybe I'm wrong about the money part? Still a vastly superior airplane, though.

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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2022, 06:32:14 pm »
I do not disagree with Don. However I would say one thing - there is no lower op cost plane in the TC family to operate than the pre-690's with the -1 conversion. They have no calendar items, they have no gear overhauls, they have no heated windscreens (that cost $55K when they crack) and no spar inspections until you get to the 681 model. So, if you don't mind sourcing a little bit longer for parts and going a bit slower, you can operate these for less.
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Re: 680W for sale
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2022, 08:03:55 pm »
The only 690 I see for sale is over $500k.

This 680 can probably be had for $20k. Even if you pay list price of $40k, that's a rounding error in the final sum.

Can it be made airworthy for $300k? Assume no boots and radar, and no pressurization fixes - you take the pressurization wherever it is. Include two -1 hot sections.

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