A question regarding the Commander 447

Desert Flyer

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I am seriously considering purchasing a 447 next year and I would like to solicit some opinions regarding that model's performance, specifically: Would this model perform adequately where I live (Northern Nevada)? The altitude of where I would be flying is approximately 3,900 feet to 4,000 feet ASL.

I would appreciate any honest and educated opinions. Thank you.
 

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how much do you weigh?
 

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I fly my AC 447 (CLT) from a 2000' airport up to 6000' regularly and it does a great job (for a 447). The surrounding mountains go up to about 5500' and I fly around the tops of them a lot.... I weigh 180lbs. here's some of my flying at 3000-3500': http://www.rotor-head.com/movies/flying/8-6-05_obsiclecourse.html (shot on August 6, 2005)
 

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Additional info...

Additional info...

I forgot to mention that I am 6'4" tall and weigh around 205 pounds....

Thank you for your input.
 

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Hal, forget it. You need AT LEAST the 503 Rotax and even then you will be left wanting more performance. Best bet is the 582 powered version.
 

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Thanks again...

Thanks again...

Thanks again to all for your input. I was worried the ultralight version would be underpowered for me and where I live.

I plan to start taking lessons in the spring down in Arizona from a place that is an Air Command dealer. When it comes time to buy mine, maybe I'll have to accept the reality of getting a sport pilot license, give up on the whole ultralight goal, and get a 582.

I'll cross that bridge when I'm there. The lessons must come first.
 

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Check the dates -- this thread is from 2005, and not updated since then. I don't recall seeing some of the participants around the forum in recent years.
 
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