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, December 1, 2009
Buying & Selling Strategies For 2010
This may be the ideal time to get a new or used airplane
Today’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?
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
Affordable 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
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
Monday, September 1, 2008
The New Look Of GA
How new aircraft buyers are changing the face of general aviation
Thursday, May 1, 2008
We're Headed For The Future
It's a great year to buy a plane!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
$1,000 Per Month Airplane
An affordable way to own
Because 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
With careful planning, shared ownership could be the best way to go
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
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.
A 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.
In 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.
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Buy Your 1st Bird
Low time, any time could be the best time to own an airplane
“I’ve sold airplanes to student pilots with two or three hours in their logbooks,” says Jim Sherman, regional manager for Premier Aircraft Sales. “In the past couple of years especially, half of my clients have been low-time pilots, first-time buyers.”
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Secrets For Buying Undervalued Aircraft
Whether you equate it to the search for the Holy Grail or a textbook example of caveat emptor, with a little perseverance and luck, you can still find a great deal on the airplane of your dreams—if you know where to look
Whether the stories are real or just urban legends, sooner or later, every hangar-talk session turns to a tale of someone finding that cherry-red Bonanza sitting in a barn in the middle of nowhere and the farmer selling it for $5,000. While stories like this are much more fiction than fact, a question remains: How can you find that undervalued gem that will ensure your place in aircraft buyer’s lore? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it used to be.
Wednesday, November 30, -0001
Cessna Caravan 675 Amphibian: By Land and By Sea
From the hard deck or a Canadian lake, Ed Santangelo’s Caravan amphib gets the job done
Pop quiz: What do Harrison Ford, an Arabian prince, Jimmy Buffett, one of the founders of Microsoft and Ed Santangelo all have in common? Answer: the Cessna Caravan—on floats.