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Aircraft Ownership

Aircraft ownership is within your reach. From tips related to buying your first or a new plane to the biggest mistakes pilots make when purchasing insurance, our aircraft ownership articles shed light on all of the aspects of owning your own flying machine.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)


A few little known thoughts. Ever heard of the Cessna 620? Why T-tails? A Seneca Tri-Motor?



20 Things You Never Knew About Your Airplane (Or Someone Else’s)Beech Barons have always been among the best-handling twins in the sky, but they did have a curious anomaly.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Owners’ Analysis: Eclipse, Mustang & Phenom


What better method is there of analyzing the current field of light jets than asking owners?



Owners’ Analysis: Eclipse, Mustang & PhenomPilot reports can only tell you so much. Back in the glory days of aviation, when the industry was selling 18,000 units a year, manufacturers used to provide airplanes to magazines for several days or even a week for evaluation.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dream Big: Buy A Plane


Financing and insurance are the first steps in making your ownership dream come true



Dream Big: Buy A PlaneNo dream stirs a pilot's soul more than that of owning an airplane.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Perfect Airplanes For Special Missions


Okay, nothing’s perfect, but these airplanes come about as close to perfection as possible for specific missions



10 Perfect Airplanes For Special MissionsDon't believe those naysayers who continue to claim aviation's glass is half empty.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aviation Taxes 2012


A guide to the new IRS regulations



Aviation Taxes 2012This year has produced quite a few tax law changes that will impact general aviation and the business use of aircraft.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Getting A Lot For A Little


Some affordable enhancements can give new life to any aircraft



Getting A Lot For A LittleAs much as we'd all like to purchase a newer, bigger or faster airplane, the reality for most of us in these economic doldrums is that we can't.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Financing The Flying Dream


The best sources to fund your flight training



Financing The Flying DreamIt's no secret that learning to fly is expensive. Recent studies by AOPA and other general aviation groups have confirmed that the cost of flight training is one of the major barriers to entry into aviation for the average person.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Co-Own A Plane!


With aircraft ownership costs skyrocketing, finding a partner could keep you flying



Co-Own A Plane!There was one specific moment when I knew I had made the right decision to join an aircraft partnership.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Making The Most Of Your Aircraft Asset


Aircraft leasebacks can lower the cost of ownership



Making The Most Of Your Aircraft AssetThere's a verse that goes: "To be successful, all you have to do is work half a day, and most of the time, you get to pick which 12 hours per day you want to work."
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A New Era Dawns: Electric Flight


An update on airplanes in production, competition prizes and R&D



A New Era Dawns: Electric FlightFantasy time: A shadow flashes across you as you walk toward the airport cafe.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Today’s GA Market


A dynamic market has created an ideal opportunity for buyers and sellers



Today’s GA MarketIt's no secret that it is absolutely a buyer's market right now," says Steve Feldman, aircraft broker for AirplanesUSA, one of the largest aircraft dealers in the nation.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part III: All About Your Aircraft’s Ignition System



Caring For Your AircraftAircraft ignition systems are one of those things that few pilots give much thought to. We turn the key, the prop turns, the engine catches, and we're off for another day of flying.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part II: All About Engine Monitors



Caring For Your AircraftOdds are, the only engine instruments available in your first primary trainer were a tachometer, fuel level, oil temperature and possibly a cylinder head gauge (CHT).
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Caring For Your Aircraft


Part I: Advice from the top engine shops



Caring For Your AircraftWe all know about TBO (Time Between Overhauls or Time Before Overhaul), and we put money aside—mentally, if not in fact—for engine work with every flying hour, because major work is inevitable.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A New Lease On Flying


Retrofit avionics can add a lot of capability for not a lot of money



A New Lease On FlyingHe hasn’t been out of GA for very long, but as far as the developments he’s missed, nothing comes close to the strides made in avionics over the last few years.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ElectriFly 2010


Electric flight is no longer an “if” but a “when”



ElectriFly 2010In 2007, a quintessential “garage inventor” named Randall Fishman showed up out of nowhere at Oshkosh AirVenture with an electric-powered ultralight—and quietly turned the aviation world on its ear.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Buying Your First Airplane


Navigating the purchase maze



Buying Your First AirplaneBuying your first airplane is exciting and confusing, all at once.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beyond Today’s Transponder


Demystifying ADS-B



Beyond Today’s TransponderAutonomous Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) has to be one of the most misunderstood technologies of the 21st century.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Airpark Living: Waking Up To Your Dream


Taxiing up to the front door of your home is the stuff of dreams for most aviators



Airpark Living: Waking Up To Your DreamIf you’re serious about flying, at some point your dreams have wandered to airparks.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Buying & Selling Strategies For 2010


This may be the ideal time to get a new or used airplane



Buying & Selling Strategies For 2010Today’s GA marketplace is best described as difficult but not impossible.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

LSA Ownership—Condo Style!


Low down payment, affordable monthly installments, zero hassle: sound familiar?



LSA Ownership—Condo Style!I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service to bring like-minded pilots together for sharing the costs of aircraft ownership.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Getting Creative: Affordable Flying


With the economy in trouble, pilots are finding innovative ways of keeping themselves in the sky



Getting Creative: Affordable FlyingAffordable flying is something of an oxymoron. World War II aviator Jimmy Doolittle is credited for uttering the phrase, “How can it be said that there is no money in aviation? That's where I left all of mine!"