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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
PostPosted: 17 Nov 2018, 05:36 
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you did that duke proud! awesome restoration / renovation!

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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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I have always loved the ramp stance on the Duke. Beautiful bird!

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Prettiest Duke I’ve seen


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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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Gentlemen, Jim was kind enough to show me and my family this airplane today. Jim flew into McKinney, TX which is about an hour from where we live so he invited us to come see the airplane.

When we got to the airplane Jim was showing us around and my jaw dropped when I saw the panel. My Citation Encore that I flew for years WISHES it had this setup!

After sitting in the captains seat for a few minutes and getting the lay of the land, it dawned on me....the Duke is a baby 90 King Air and I mean that in the best possible way. It's not a Baron with the weird throttle quadrant and awkward yoke. In every sense of the word, it's a man's airplane designed with ergonomics in mind. Very inspiring and comfortable to work out of.

Jim asked if I had ever flown a Duke before and I said, "until today I've never been in a Duke before!" Jim asked, "Do you want to fly one?"

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Jim had me slide over into the FO seat while he did a quick walk around and gave my wife and kids a quick safety briefing which I really appreciated.

We fired up the engines easily (and man did they sound good!) and taxied out to runway 36. While in line for departure Jim showed me some of the features of the new Garmin panels he installed. I spent more time laughing at what he was showing me because so much has changed in the 9 years since I've been in Citation Jets that I couldn't believe how easy it was to load a departure for instance. Back in the day I was pretty killer at loading a flight plan into a UNS-1 FMS but this new Garmin setup really shows how primitive and ridiculous the FMS was. These new Garmins are the way things should be in my opinion.

Because my wife and I just bought a lot at an airstrip with a 3000' asphalt runway, I asked Jim to show me what the airplane would do for a short field takeoff. Jim set the flaps to approach and while gently adding throttle during a rolling takeoff, the airplane leapt into the air at I would guess around 1000'. I was amazed. We had 100 gallons of fuel on board, 2 big guys up front and my wife and two kids who collectively weigh about 220lbs in the back. That's pretty light by most people's standards, but it was a perfect use case for me to get a feel for the Duke's takeoff roll. When I get a Duke and run it off my home base, I'll always come out light and get fuel on the way out of town at an airport with a longer runway for added margins.

Once we got clear of the traffic pattern the controller cleared us out to the east for maneuvering and Jim was kind enough to let me fly from the right seat a bit. The Duke feels heavy on the controls in a good way. It feels just like the 90 King Air I have flown in the past and is rock solid. Couldn't ask for better than the way a Beech feels in my opinion. We didn't do anything heroic just simple turns etc over Lake Lavon but it was enough to let me know where to aim my sights when it comes time to buy a family airplane.

For the money you get essentially a baby 90 King Air with all the avionics of a spaceship and all of the systems have been gone through and repaired/replaced.

I won't get into the numbers that Jim communicated with me but he put a LOT of time and money into this airplane to get it to where it is currently and I think his asking price is more than fair.

From today on I am a fan of the Beechcraft Duke and definitely want to acquire one in the next couple of years.

Thank you Jim for your unexpected kindness. I went to the airport just hoping to SEE a Duke and instead got to fly one and made a friend along the way. Can't ask for more than that!

Thank you again Jim!


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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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+100 Likes for that write up Brad :thumbup: :cheers: That may be the Nicest Duke Ever :bugeye: :drool:


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…the first hit is free. When you get that Duke fever the only thing that will cure it is a hangar with a Duke in it!


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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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Brad,
I’m a bit confused. This is a for sale thread by William Baxter, who is Jim? Did Jim fly William’s Duke or is William really Jim? Read the entire thread and cannot connect the dots. Just curious which Duke you flew.


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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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My twin brother (Jim) and I fly the Duke. I posted the ad, but my brother met Brad at the airport since he has more time and experience in the plane.

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I’m a bit confused. This is a for sale thread by William Baxter, who is Jim? Did Jim fly William’s Duke or is William really Jim? Read the entire thread and cannot connect the dots. Just curious which Duke you flew.

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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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Upgraded air conditioning to R134, just completed in April 2019

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Has plane been sold?


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 Post subject: Re: FS: Duke 44GE 325K
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Looks like it likely sold early this month!


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I see you had a Garmin 10.6" G600 TXi installed in your old BEECH Duke. Do you happen to have any pictures of the instrument panel?

Thank you

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Awesome looking Airplane!! :bow:

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