Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting Creative: 10 Ways To Fly For Less


Flying doesn’t have to leave your wallet empty


4. Exchange Goods And Services For Flight Time
This is an innovative idea I learned from two different pilot friends for whom it works famously. Everybody has something they do that's unique. Maybe you're a photographer, a painter, a carpenter, an electrician or web designer. These—and a bazillion others—are skills that are valuable to somebody. That somebody can be an FBO or a freelance instructor. Arrange a trade of your goods or services in exchange for a fixed amount of flight instruction. Or, if you already have your certificate, you could get aircraft rental out of the deal. Or even bargain with an owner who may not fly his or her airplane often and would welcome "exercising" the airplane.

You'd be amazed how many people will take you up on it. One pilot I know trades oil paintings for flight time. Another is an excellent photographer, and provides portraits and commercial shots to an FBO. I've heard of others who design and maintain entire websites for FBOs in exchange for a few hours per month. Creativity is the key here, and is only limited by your imagination.





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