Socata TC-21 Trinidad

The Trinidad is an interesting airplane for several reasons. First, it's combination of roomy cabin, reasonable cruise speed, and load caryring capacity are a good fit for my needs. It's like a slightly faster version of the Commander. Second, it's a rare opportunity to own a newer design. As anyone familiar with general aviation knows, most planes were designed shortly after the dark ages and have persisted with only minor improvement all these years. While they can be very good, there is no doubt that a lot has been learned since the dark ages. Wouldn't it be great if there weren't so many lawyers and we could all enjoy this progress? Socata is building relatively new planes because they are part of a huge aviation consortium that is heavily subsidized by taxpayers in France. Can you imagine what we'd get if all the money being spent on the YF-22 new generation stealth fighter were plowed into creating the ultimate general aviation plane? But I digress. Below are a few pix of this interesting bird.

A late model Trinidad in the mountains. Note flush mounted windows...

An earlier model without flush windows. Not quite as pretty...

Cabin sure is slick, and roomy...

Because they are newer planes, the Trinidads aren't cheap. Expect to pay something in the $190K to $400K range for a used one. I'm told their ergonomics are awesome (trim is right under throttle and falls perfectly to hand), and that they're real easy to fly.

 
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