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?


alfafoxtrot1 | 15 juin 2013

I'm not active, but I've got a certificate.

lolachampcar | 15 juin 2013

MX2... half the time is up side down

danej | 15 juin 2013

Pilot here. Glass cockpit in both vehicles: Model S, and SR-22.

Pricee2 | 15 juin 2013

I am not current but I got my private pilot license in 1967.
In 1972 got a commercial license and instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings. Wife is from Montana so used to fly from Paine Field to her hometown, two hour flight vs ten hour drive.

pimp-boy | 15 juin 2013

Haven't been current for the past 3 years. Hoping to get back into it!

stevenmaifert | 15 juin 2013

Student - 6/72, Private 10/72, Commercial 7/76.

BarryQ | 15 juin 2013

MD-11. Most of the time is right way up!

TJK | 15 juin 2013

Air traffic controller,... I have my private but haven't flown in a few years.

mpottinger | 15 juin 2013

Not current, but I have a SEL with instrument.

Robert Hodgen | 15 juin 2013

777 captain at a major airline, already own a Chevy Volt.

I love the idea of the Model S. It's at the leading edge of technology and design.

Order placed, can't wait until delivery!

napacab | 15 juin 2013

Both my father and I had previous lives as airline pilots.
I now run my own business, but will always be drawn to aviation.

Took him for his first ride in my P85 today.
He was giddy and said that only a catapult shot had better acceleration.

flyingmansr22 | 15 juin 2013

I'm a pilot , 1000 hrs, instrument rated and also have a Cirrus SR22, I love the new car Tesla has really done some amazing things . That being said coming from the apple world and being a pilot I would like to lock some if their Ui team in a room for a week and show them some things.


Ron5 | 15 juin 2013

Instrument pilot since 1986. I don't know if any of you guys have gone on road trips in the MS yet, but I have done a few. It's almost like flight planning. I check wind direction and speed, and sometimes base my route on that. I get the same feeling I do when I'm flight planning.

Of course all of this will change as the Supercharger roll-out occurs. I'll kind of miss it.

StefanT | 15 juin 2013

Instrument pilot in an 73 Arrow since 2002. My wife says I fly my MS because every time we go on a trip I am calculating range/performance and mapping out alternate charging locations along the way.

LK | 15 juin 2013

Private pilot as well... Interesting!

jjaeger | 15 juin 2013

I think we have a lot more pilots out there - such as hogfighter (I think that's his username) and isn't Rod from R&B fame also a pilot. There may be something to this thread :-)

mggurley | 15 juin 2013

Retired pilot with C-141, DC-8, and B-767 experience. Thought I had bought my last car, but the Model S was too good to pass up.

scott | 15 juin 2013

I like to fly. Thought of getting a Volt when they were introduced but became very interested in Tesla. Many fliers love technology and hardware, myself included. Our P85+ is arriving before the end of the month.

rch1708 | 16 juin 2013

I have 1300 hrs, IR & Twin ratings. Flew distance in an Extra 400 & aerobatics in an Extra 300L for many years. Stopped flying since my daughter died - my head is still not clear enough me to be safe in the air. But I hope to get back to it sometime. Looking forward to operating a wingless glass cockpit, though.

OleJA | 16 juin 2013

I have been a glider pilot for 25 years, 2500 hrs and holder of the 1000km diploma. Currently owns a Ls8t and participate in several competitions every year. As I am located in Norway I have not got my P85 yet, but imagine that my experience with finalglides makes me well prepared for planing road trips with my TMS.

Tobo65 | 16 juin 2013

Commercial pilot since 1999. Currently on DHC-8 100/200 and 300. So far there is no other aircraft that better covers our operational needs) Operating mostly on category C airports and 800 meter long runways with up to 39 passengers) Love flying and can't wait to fly my TMS P85 :-)

haansberger | 16 juin 2013

Former F-16 pilot and currently still in high end business jets. So you see why I loooooove the MS ;-)

Rumbles | 16 juin 2013

SR22 driver... Can't wait for Telsa to make a plane :)

rasmus.b | 16 juin 2013

B-737 pilot for the last 17 years in Norway. Vant wait tp get my Model S.

rasmus.b | 16 juin 2013

Cant Wait.....
Hos do I edit a post in here?

Gluaisrothai | 16 juin 2013

Wow! Apparently there are quite a few. I should have said that I'm a relatively new ASEL/IFR pilot- private in '11, IFR in '12 and now working on commercial. 350+ hours as of last month. I do most of my own maintenance on the Commander (with a helpful IA) to make it somewhat affordable.

I don't pick my S85 until 6/27, but I think it would be cool to post some Tesla + airplane photos- for those that have drive-on ramp passes :)

lolachampcar | 16 juin 2013

+1 for zero airspeed at the gate!

Captain Ducman | 16 juin 2013

777 pilot, unpatiently waiting for my S.


stealth_mode | 16 juin 2013

Yeah definitely pilots have to have a affinity to hardware technology an expensive stuff;-)
Me too- I am a glider pilot licence holder- not active though due to time issues!
I hope to reactive it ASAP- in the mean time maneuvering the S - as soon as it arrives in CH.

thomas.schlatter | 16 juin 2013

Private pilot here with US license. Not active for the moment but planning to get active again this or next year.

Basjames | 16 juin 2013

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.

edfishman | 16 juin 2013

Commercial Hot Air Balloon pilot.

pilotSteve | 16 juin 2013

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!

info | 16 juin 2013

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.

OttoPilot | 16 juin 2013

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

richard.k.yee | 16 juin 2013

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.


Zneip | 16 juin 2013

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

Gluaisrothai | 16 juin 2013

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.

Brian H | 16 juin 2013

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

jasonsc | 16 juin 2013

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.

stickhog | 16 juin 2013

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!

Captain Ducman | 16 juin 2013

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


Brian H | 16 juin 2013

Include width="600" in your image HTML and it will size to fit the column.

jasonsc | 16 juin 2013

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

dbrooks | 16 juin 2013

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

stickhog | 16 juin 2013

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.

SSL161 | 16 juin 2013

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)

SSL161 | 16 juin 2013

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.

youlikeadajuice | 16 juin 2013

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

Dr. Bob Reinke | 16 juin 2013

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