Pilots buying Model S?

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?


yonak | June 16, 2013

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

Joules II | June 16, 2013

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!

cpurkiser | June 16, 2013

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

GeekEV | June 16, 2013

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? ;-)

justineet | June 16, 2013

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

Steven K. | June 16, 2013

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.

markhanso | June 16, 2013

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.

iainbarnes | June 16, 2013

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....

Jdpilot | June 16, 2013

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!

Klaus | June 16, 2013

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.

alfafoxtrot1 | June 16, 2013

Anyone going to Oshkosh? I'll have my blue 60kwh there, using it to tour government types and such.

Aerof16 | June 16, 2013

Military A-7, F16C.
Current B-777
Red P85 coming in 2 weeks! Can't wait to feel that "Burner" acceleration again!

cwmenne | June 16, 2013

I am a commercially rated pilot with 9,000 hours and own a Piper Malibu and a large service center. I suspect the reason for the correlation between pilots and Teslas is because (at least for me), a pilot is less likely to need long range for a road trip because if you want to go someplace, you take the airplane. Also, most pilots seem to stay up on technology more than most average people and enjoy the performance of the Tesla. For me, it's a perfect car.

Robert22 | June 16, 2013

Private at age 16 in a Piper Cherokee. IFR sidetracked by grad school. My mother drove me to the airport for my solo flight because I didn't have a drivers license yet. Great fun flying the VFR corridor down the Hudson River, over the GW bridge at an altitude that would get you shot out of the sky today, then down around the Statue of Liberty.

I confess that upon finding a deserted stretch of road I sometimes taxi into position, put the "T" on the centerline and mash the pedal to the floor while adding a little back pressure to the wheel. How else would you manage a short field takeoff? ;)

jeanyvest | June 17, 2013

20 years military pilot, tactical helicopters and Search and Rescue. Now holding an ATPL (H), IFR and night rated, flying for the provincial police (Qc, Canada) (tactical, EMS and Search).

Waiting for the X (Canada = snow²), but always thinking of getting the S just to get a Tesla sooner.

Andrew_OH_S60andS70D | June 17, 2013

Retired B-52 Navigator/EWO. I have retired USAF plates.

pilotSteve | June 17, 2013

+1 Robert22! I guess V1 is somewhere north of 130. Must continue flight testing.

Rod and Barbara | June 17, 2013

Retired Navy and Grumman test pilot. High time airplane F-14, most interesting airplane X-29. Roadster acceleration and Model S glass cockpit remind me of my time in high performance jets.

davidg11 | June 17, 2013

Commericial Pilot, Multi/Inst rated. I haven't flown in a few years so I'm not current. If TSLA stock keeps climbing, I should be able to enjoy my hobby again!

Hoping this demonstration Thursday is some sort of technology transferable to small electric planes. That would be cool.

davecolene0606 | June 17, 2013

Sig 85

Tech in the S blows away the Airbus!

rickemishler | June 18, 2013

Private, instrument, me, land, glider. 2700hrsTT, 1000hrs twin turbine C90 King Air. Have not pulled the trigger yet on the MS but I was a part of the GM IMPACT EV trial back in the mid 1990s. Had an Impact for a month. Good car for the times.

portia | June 19, 2013

a lot of pilots here! I do know a pilot who hasn't posted here who got his sig red before I got mine. and I saw a blue MS P85 parked at WVI last weekend.
I do let my husband 'fly' mine, he has Commercial AMEL IA, even though doing transcontinental in our P-Baron sounds good, I am seriously thinking of a road trip in the Tesla.

jmlejosne | June 21, 2013

French SR20 pilot and Audi RS5 driver until the big event... I have ordered my model S performance at the end of january... very impatient to be delivered in France... I'm a real fan of the 21st century car. Elon, please don't forget us !!!!

japaradis | June 21, 2013

ATP Mel, commercial asel and ases

DallasTG | February 6, 2015

Sorry late to the table.... Test drive in Sept 14...... Ordered P85D in Jan 15

learned to fly 8 yrs ago with my (then) 15 yr old son... Have an Archer III with more avionics than it deserves (thanks to its former owner who I recently learned has a P85)

Now son is an engineer at Apple and Dad misses his co-pilot

EternalChampion | February 6, 2015

Microsoft flight simulator pilot.

Powered parafoil test pilot

Proud owner of 1 week old P85D

Basjames | February 6, 2015

Retired airline pilot. 1999. B 747 and many other types. Have a P85 Vin 10353 and expecting a P85D next month. Why? Closest I can get to flying now at age76.

dariopalacios | February 6, 2015

I am a private pilot. I have a month with my P85D

Solarwind | February 6, 2015

Fly 1946 Luscombe 8E, and a P85D Hate to say the Luscombe is younger them myself.

EVBeast | February 6, 2015

Private pilot (Cessna 152/172/182) now flying a P85D

sule | February 6, 2015

:) Not-a-pilot here. No licence. Started my flight lessons but moved.and never continued (... got married). Love of flight remained, though. I fly simulators and have good equipment at home for that. My son got the bug too.

Mfox7044 | February 6, 2015

Harrier pilot. Wannabee Tesla owner.

EVBeast | February 6, 2015

@Mfox7044: So you're going to be the only one qualified when Tesla adds the vertical take-off feature? I hear that's in the 7.3 release planned "soon".

mclary | February 6, 2015

Crash and burn!!!

Roadtripper | February 6, 2015

Private pilot for 35 years. Fly a Cessna 182 from home strip. S85P coming in April.

fltinstr | February 7, 2015

Commercial, Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor. Sold my Piper Arrow to enjoy this marvel of technology.

Johann @IS | February 7, 2015

Commercial, helicopters (lapsed)
Flight instructor, helicopters (lapsed)
Private, aeroplanes (lapsed)
S85D coming in April

JayInJapan | February 7, 2015

If you learned to fly in San Diego in the '70s or '80s, there's a good chance my father was either your instructor or nearby. There's also a chance I was sitting in the backseat. ;-) He flew from 1943 to 2005 and had over 23,000 hours of flight time.

hcwhy | February 7, 2015

Sold my Piper Dakota a few years ago after 1400 hours.

wayne | February 7, 2015

Pilot here, not current. Also not current on Tesla ownership, but that will change week of March 9 when according to DS my P85D arrives.

Mfox7044 | February 7, 2015

@ttitus: Absolutely! That's what I've been waiting for. Although I hear auto pilot will perform the functions associated with vertical landings so we're all in good hands.

freemarket | February 7, 2015

I am not a pilot, but my father is and has been flying commercial for 30 years.
Out of anyone I've taken out in the D, he had the best reaction and totally freaked out. I wished I had filmed it, hilarious!

bevguy | February 7, 2015

You know when you are well off when you can afford to keep both a private airplane and a Tesla
Former pilot, flew many kinds of aircraft and wound up with a turbo Bellanca. Which in it's sweet handling and power reminds of the Tesla I do have.
Don't fly anymore. Old.Retired.

electric pilot | February 7, 2015

Former CRJ pilot among other similar equipment. Now left seat in the P85.

garlene007 | February 7, 2015

Flown numerous Airbus models, currently a 767 pilot for a major airline.

captjoeusn | February 7, 2015

Recently retired Navy pilot, relatively new S85 owner. Next best thing to flying!

Emobile | February 7, 2015

Built and flew two homebuilt experimentals. Last one was an all-metal low wing aerobatic for competing in an air racing series.

mathwhiz | February 7, 2015

Yes, 1K hour Private Pilot SEL Instrument, current, various hp aircraft... S85 VIN 340xx.

david | February 8, 2015

Current A320 Captain. 16,000+ hours. Lots of Learjet time in a previous life.

If I can't be in a Lear 24, my S85 is the next best thing.

The flying hippie | February 8, 2015

A320 and Cessna 170 seaplane pilot. S85 owner. A320 and S85 share a great glass cockpit, C-170...not so much. Being used to managing energy I think pilots and Teslas are a natural match.