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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, 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!"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ownership Made Easy


New versus old: What you get and what you don’t get



ownershipThis week, within the course of about two hours, I received calls from two friends who wanted to buy similar, but different, airplanes. The common thread was that each wanted something fun and simple to own.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Co-Ownership: Navigating Airplane Partnerships


Buying an airplane with a partner opens up ownership to any pilot. Do it right the first time



It’s a safe bet that before the ink was dry on your solo endorsement, you started thinking about buying an airplane. If you stayed with the same FBO after your checkride, the negative aspects of renting became clear: dirty cockpits, long squawk lists, items held together with duct tape, and having to schedule weekend flights far in advance. Like many pilots, you probably made some calculations and figured out that you could never afford to own. Most people stop there. But there’s a way that almost anybody with just about any income can own an airplane. The answer: a partnership or, more correctly, a co-ownership.
Monday, September 1, 2008

The New Look Of GA


How new aircraft buyers are changing the face of general aviation



new lookJust over a decade ago, buying a brand-new aircraft wasn’t an option. While you might have been able to special-order something esoteric, most legacy manufacturers had altogether stopped building new airplanes. When you could buy something brand-new, it looked just like the airplanes already sitting on the ramp, albeit a bit shinier and with that “new plane” smell. The technology, both in the cockpit and within the engine, was pretty much the same from one aircraft to another and hadn’t really progressed much in more than 40 years. The designs of the aircraft themselves had stayed pretty much the same since the 1950s.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

We're Headed For The Future


It's a great year to buy a plane!



futureTo borrow a line from my favorite songwriter and performer, Neil Diamond, aviation is “headed for the future and the future is now.” If you’ve ever been in the market for an airplane, 2008 is a banner year to buy.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

$1,000 Per Month Airplane


An affordable way to own



$1,000 Per Month AirplaneBecause response to Plane & Pilot’s “$500 Per Month?” article [October 2007] was so overwhelming, we decided to take the idea to the next level.
Thursday, November 1, 2007

Partnership Aircraft


With careful planning, shared ownership could be the best way to go



partnershipWould an aircraft partnership save you money or allow you to fly a bigger and better airplane for less than you’re spending now? A partnership, or shared aircraft ownership, is one of the oldest and sometimes most practical forms of owning an airplane.
Thursday, November 1, 2007

No Worries With iFly


Shared access and exceptional member care make flying a cinch



I was introduced to a new kind of flying at an open house in Long Beach, Calif. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh and cofounder of iFly, spoke of the “world’s first exclusive aero club,” a membership-only venture that provides shared access to technologically advanced aircraft and high-end customer service. Having recently earned my private license, I typically rent airplanes (and envy friends who own theirs). But iFly’s program was intriguing, so I decided to check it out.
Monday, October 1, 2007

$500 Per Month?


You can own an airplane on a budget



$500 Per Month?I’ve always believed that everyone can own an airplane. Indeed, I’ve noticed that many of the people who are now jetting around in Gulfstreams or Challengers got started in Champs, Cubs, Stinsons, Cessna 150s, Cherokee 140s or similar entry-level airplanes.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Buying Your First New Airplane


It feels great. It looks sexy. You catch yourself daydreaming about it in boring meetings. People come up and look at it wherever you go.



Buying Your First New AirplaneA brand-spanking-new airplane. There are few thrills and accomplishments as satisfying and special as buying a factory-new airplane. To the new owner, a new bird is the epitome of symphonic beauty and brilliant engineering; a powerful engine and supple, luxurious leather interior combined with the latest in navigation and communication technology, which, in many cases, outpaces commercial airliners. And it’s all yours.

 

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Buying Your First Plane


It’s an issue practically all of us must address at one time or another. Virtually every pilot—student, private, commercial or ATP—dreams of owning an airplane.



Buying Your First PlaneIn most cases, the first question a pilot must answer is the obvious one: How much money are you willing to spend on an airplane? In the majority of cases, this will be a finite number that will make the selection process easier. In others, a prospective buyer may be willing to spend as much as he or she needs to buy the airplane he or she wants. One way or another, a smart purchase, like a small fight, begins with gathering all the important information.