Seneca V Questions
Hi—I’m new to Piperowner.org, and joined in the hope that I can get some real-world info on the Seneca V. I have a Turbo Arrow III that I’m looking to put on the market soon, and the Seneca V is on a very short list (the other candidates being Beech B58 Baron or A36 Bonanza). I’m looking for something bigger/faster than my Turbo Arrow that can handle carrying 4 adults on 2 ½ hour trip (say, from my home airport of C81 north of Chicago to Memphis). I take a lot of over-water trips, and FIKI is also important. Can anyone with Seneca V experience help fill gaps in that internet research hasn’t filled?
• With A/C, FIKI, and typical panel, what is realistic useful load? Browsing ads on controller.com, I’m only seeing a couple of similarly-equipped planes that mention useful load, with figures around 1100 pounds (albeit with built-in oxygen, removal of which I assume would save considerable weight, but not a huge amount). With full fuel, that only leaves 365 pounds for people and luggage. Stopping at 72 gallons of fuel gives me another 300 pounds, but I’d have to only invite very skinny friends for that hypothetical trip to Memphis. Is 1100 pounds useful load typical with FIKI and Air Conditioning (meaning only very short trips/hops if I want to fill 4 seats), or am I apt to find planes with more generous load capabilities once I start shopping around?
• What is typical TAS and associated fuel burn at 8,000-10,000 feet, my general cross-country altitude range?
• Are there any Seneca V owners out there in the Chicago area who would be willing to show me their planes? I’m wrapping up multi-engine training in a Seneca 1 in Florida at the beginning of Feb, but assume there’s a world of difference between that and a Seneca V, and would love to get an idea what a Seneca V looks like beyond browsing photos.
For anyone also familiar with Bos and Barons as they compare to the Seneca V, in case some background info on those as other candidates would be helpful…I like the payload/performance of the Bonanza, but would have to give up FIKI to get the tip tanks that would allow the kind of usefulI need, and flight over water (as well as occasional trips over mountains)—as well as witnessing the aftermath of a Cessna 210 having to make an emergency landing at C81 after losing an engine in clouds—makes a twin attractive. The Baron seems to have awesome performance, but comes at significantly higher acquisition cost and may eat up more runway on hot days than I’m comfortable with (I operate out of a 3200 foot runway 10 minutes from home in Grayslake, IL).
Thanks in advance!