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Pilots buying Model S?

Saw this old item from the NY Times:

I find it interesting that they note a correlation between pilots and electric vehicle ownership. I fly a '74 Commander 112 out of Oakland CA.

Question- are there any other pilots on this forum?


Just got my model s P85 2 weeks ago. I don't know what it is but I feel that it helps to understand the car if you have an aviation background. I'm a retired airline pilot with 14 years on the B747, 28,000 hrs, and getting really old, but this car is absolutely giving me back my zest for life.

Commercial Hot Air Balloon pilot.

ATP typed in Falcon-50 and Citation 560. Commercial helicopter (my first love).

I describe Model-S to my pilot friends as being just like a high performance jet: she'll do anything you ask for.... just be ready!

I picked up a pilots license in 1973 and have taken the aerobatic course from out local airport, as well as glider lessons. I haven't flown in a while and think I may have lost the bug because of the expense and limited advantages. From LA I can drive to Vegas in 3 hours and 45 minutes. By the time I got to a C-172 and preflighted it, waited for clearance and flew to Vegas at 120knots, got to the airport, rented a car and got to my destination, it was over 3 hours. My car made the trip for approximately $50 in gas. The plane rental, one was over $100 (God, only knows what it is these days), and the car rental added to that.

As a side light, I've run out of gas in virtually every conveyance known to man: diesel, motorcycle, boat, truck, and airplane (fortunately in Texas where coming down early is just embarrassing, not life threatening). When we got the Tesla my wife breathed a sigh of relief. She knew that she'd never have to find a gas station late at night and bring me 5 gallons. She told me that they don't make 10 mile extension cords.

Army Instructor Pilot and Commercial multi-engine pilot. Reservation holder, but haven't finalized yet.

Private SEL w/ instrument rating. I think driving my Tesla on a trip to flying a cross country flight. It just takes a little pre-flight planning for the recharging.

Perhaps this is one reason why pilots don't get as much range anxiety with the EV.


Ultralight pilot here - restlessly awaiting my TMS arriving in sept/oct (Norway)

a little pre-flight planning for the recharging.

Perhaps this is one reason why pilots don't get as much range anxiety with the EV.

Great point. Compared to the general population, we are more used to thinking about the contents of the tank in terms of range/endurance remaining and planning ahead.

No edit, except for the Original Post in a thread by the Original Poster. It's a very primitive setup.

Need I say more!

I agree, the range/endurance issue doesn't seem to give me any more issues than when I fly cross country and need to balance payload vs range in my W&B.

B-737/747/757/767/787, and soon to be reservation-holder. I guess everyone in this thread has noticed the similarity between the cruise control speed indicator and the speed bug on an airspeed indicator. Somebody at TM designing the instrument panel must be a pilot too!

Stickhog, you skipped the Tripple... Just guessing, 747 and 787, UAL/CAL?


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yeah, big goof on my part. wish I could edit, but can't (at least I don't see how)...

I fly a medical helicopter in California. Delivery date. July 1!!

CD - good guess, but not UAL/CAL. Hope I'll get the triple someday, but I doubt anything can be better than the 74, except a P85+ of course.

Been flying since 2004 (SEL, IFR, MEL in order), and have an SR-22 and BE200 in the stable.

My first thought when I saw the MS was, "Wow! A PFD and an MFD! Just like my planes"

I too add my vote for a Tesla EP (wish that they had bought Cirrus instead of the other guys)

Hehehehe Re flight planning!

I've launched out for a couple of long range drives in the last 6 months and totally agree with that approach.

I came up with my own "drive plans" modeled after my flight plan templates taking into consideration cruise speed, charging stations, distance, elevation changes (even calling the highest and lowest elevations as Top of Climb/Descent).

I even did my own performance testing and finding best routes and felt like Jeppesen as he was designing instrument approaches.

Haven't flown in years but have my private pilot's license with multi engine rating.

We have drivin 88 Toyota Supras for the last 25 years--liked the first one so well that the next day we went back and bought a second. (his and hers) The Supras are perfect in every way including reliability, performance, and little maintainance. The biggest problem is the gas in the tank. When I went into the USAAC I trained on Mustangs. I often compare my Tesla Sig P85 experience very favorable to stepping from a Cessna 110 into my issued P51. Both steps into the future were similar experience to the going from the Supras into the P85 for unprecidented total control, power, and performance. Keep feeling that any moment I'm going to feel the wheels lift, folding the gears, flaps up, throttle against the combat stop, and pointing the spinner toward heaven

Currently fly a MU-2 , drive an Electric Ford Focus & pick my P85 Thursday 6/20.

I fly a Challenger ultralight in southern Ontario. I agree that there are many similarities between planning for a trip beyond range, and a cross country flight. The guys at the airport welcomed 'Joules' with the offer to plug in at the welding receptacle and circuit in the hangar. Now I can fly and head off on my 2.5 hour drive back home with full range restored. It doesn't get much sweeter than that!

I am pilot but I have not been active since my father, who built his own plane, passed away.

I'm a military brat who loves aircraft and former Civil Air Patrol Observer qualified. I don't have a license but know how and have flown Cessna's. Does that count? ;-)

Not surprised...pilots like high-tech gadgets..

Commercial and Navy pilot. Diggin' the MS, but waiting for AWD before I purchase. If that isn't a player, perhaps a different Tesla SUV variant. Not quite sold on the MX.

Delivery ten days away !

Waited for production to stabilize enough that they'd be able to bring a demo car to my house for both my better half and I to try in our regular environment.

Commercial Instrument: ASEL, AMEL, ASES, EA50S (Eclipse 500)

Addicted to flying glass panel planes.

Canadian PPL and working on IFR and float rating. Aside from the flight/drive planning aspect, the Model S does so much stuff by itself it is almost the opposite from flying in terms of cockpit workload. No gear shifting, clutch, and minimal control interactions as virtually everything else is automatic. Not the 172 bug smashers I've been flying....

Pilots love high tech and learning everything about it. Yes I'm in that category.

Captain 737, but the Model S has a bigger glass cockpit screen than the new 737s that I fly. Nice!

Retired after 21 years as an army aviator, 17 years commercial. Still dabble in gliders to keep me in the game. Gliders, helicopters, big boy jets, yet never got that single engine checkout. In case you're wondering, my fixed wing transition was in a Beech Baron, so no single engine training (outside of helicopters, that is).

And the instrument panel does bring back memories of flying 75, 76, 77.

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