February 23, 2021 at 1:58 pm #2208Theodore DrydenParticipant
This is a “just curious” question.
I flew with a friend the other day in his Cherokee 6/300. To my surprise, when talking to ATC he referred to his type as “Saratoga”, rather than “Cherokee”. I asked him why, and his answer made sense: “most of the guys in the tower have no idea what a Cherokee 6 is, and assume far inferior Cherokee 180 performance. A controller once suggested I call it a Saratoga, so that’s what I do.”
So that begs the question – how do you Meyers 200 pilots deal with this issue? Do you just call it a Meyers and leave it to the controller to ask/do some research? Or do you refer to the airplane as some other type, as my friend does?
TedFebruary 24, 2021 at 12:31 am #2209Ed PulliamParticipant
Great question. I have said on many occasions I was ‘an M200C’ and they then start calling me a Mooney. I asked a controller once and he said they did not have a Meyers in the manufacturer list as I recall.
I think if you tell them you are a Commander 200 that will work.
Others??February 24, 2021 at 10:53 pm #2210Ed PulliamParticipant
Ted-I just some more digging on the FAA Registry, etc. In fact it says it is a ‘M200’March 1, 2021 at 12:13 am #2211Joseph McDonaldKeymaster
I’m new to this and fly a Commander built 200D, but refer to it as Meyers 15RR. The ICAO type is M200, so if they ask to clarify I will tell them a “ICAO type Mike two zero zero”. I’ve occasionally got questions of intrigue as they find the type, but don’t know what it is or what performance to expect, so for those we just say a four seat, 285hp, bubble cockpit, similar to a Bonanza.April 7, 2021 at 10:09 pm #2237Ashley WadeParticipant
Joseph, I do same as you and say ICAO Mike two zero zero. But I would NEVER say similar to a Bonanza! Almost as bad as saying similar to a Cirrus! Yuk!
On long cross countries switching service areas ATC does morph me into a Mooney as per Ed on occasion. I do take exception with THAT as well, but just motor on along and respond back with emphasis on MEYERS in my replies. Sometimes they correct themselves, most don’t. As they watch me on the scope they’re saying to themselves “whoa, that is one bad ass Mooney”…
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