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    Any additional locations I should watch when looking for a plane (PA18 or PA12 or similar experimental)?

    internet
    aeroalaska
    craigslist
    alaskaslist
    barnstormers

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    local airports
    letting other pilots know im looking
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    Think you've hit them all.

    If "Local Airport" includes: a) going to the local towers (if relevant) and looking; and b) the walk-around-and-look at any accessible tie-down areas, I think you've got it covered. I found the -12 on the bulletin board at Merrill years ago.
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    More important than finding your first plane is finding a good IA!!! Ask around a lot and find the IA before the plane so a proper pre-buy can be done.
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    Often the best aircraft aren't listed for sale. Once on a whim I stopped in at a hanger in Big Lake and said I was looking for the plane that was for sale. The guy working said "oh yea, it's tied down a couple rows over." He showed it to me and gave me the contact info for the owner. I bought it. I've tried the same thing a few other places and there always seems to be at least one for sale that's not advertised or the owner can't decide to sell it or not. Plus it's fun and you meet new people.

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    Much Appreciated, I will keep wandering around and looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akprideinvegas View Post
    Much Appreciated, I will keep wandering around and looking.
    I think that is a good plan. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

    If you take your time you will make a good deal. I always keep in mind that when I see something I like that if I keep looking I will see something I like better.

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    What ever happened to the old FOR SALE note-book that was on the ground floor of the old Merrill Field HQ building ????
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    When I bought mine I posted an add on craigslist, after an exhaustive search of all the planes that were on the market at that time. I stated exactly what I was looking for and the price range. The plane I bought wasn't ever advertised. He was thinking about selling it and responded to my add.
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    I looked at all of the ones that were listed in my price range and ended up talking to a pilot friend and he turned me on to my cub that was never listed. Just a friend of a friend deal.

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    Feel free to give friend of friends my info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akprideinvegas View Post
    Feel free to give friend of friends my info!

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    Have you considered putting up a 3x5 card at Merrill, Palmer, or B'Wood? Very informal gut sense is that quite a few -18 and -12 types hit the market after hunting season.
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    That is kind of what I was thinking but we will see!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt'N'Photos View Post
    When I bought mine I posted an add on craigslist, after an exhaustive search of all the planes that were on the market at that time. I stated exactly what I was looking for and the price range. The plane I bought wasn't ever advertised. He was thinking about selling it and responded to my add.
    Great idea.

    akprideinvegas consider posting in SuperCub.org and BackcountryPilot.org
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    barnstormer, I guess your SQ2 would fit the bill haha. I am on supercub.org however they seem to not like you posting that looking for a cub! I have not joined backcountrypilot yet but do follow. Thanks Much

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    Quote Originally Posted by akprideinvegas View Post
    barnstormer, I guess your SQ2 would fit the bill haha. I am on supercub.org however they seem to not like you posting that looking for a cub! I have not joined backcountrypilot yet but do follow. Thanks Much
    It will be for sale when I'm too old to fly. ;-) Good luck on your hunt.
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    My plane wasn't for sale when I bought it. I liked the plane and saw the owner there one day and expressed an interest in buying it. Coincidentally a guy from California called me and asked if I'd be willing to sell the plane I had. When the owner of the plane I wanted called and said he'd decided to sell to me I called the guy in CA and sold mine. No for sale signs, ads, or selling intentions. I bought my next plane by chasing a rumor and knocking on a guy's door. I offered to buy and after a few days the guy agreed to sell. Again, it hadn't been for sale. Funny thing, a few years later a friend called out of the blue and asked if I'd sell that plane to him. I did, too. Notice a theme?

    I had a guy email to ask me if I'd sell my 180 a few days ago. I declined but I wasn't bothered that he asked.

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    Similar to Mr Pid. Had someone call me an ask if I was interested in selling, I told them "not at this time as I'm still enjoying splattering bugs on the windshield but maybe in the future". Didn't bother me at all. But life is full of changes.... so keep knocking... its all about timing.

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