13 thoughts on “10 Cheapest Planes In The Sky

  1. I also trained and got my Private in a Piper Colt PA22. No flaps, but she would come on down when the power was chopped. A good teacher for stalls and maneuvers. When the instructor got out for my solo, I thought that first takeoff at 500fpm was zooming.

  2. Ercoupe was included. soloed in a PA18…on skis. All those listed were from my early years in flying.

  3. No Piper Cherokee 140? $20K-$30K puts them on the list but at the top end. Flies nice and is good looking with wheel pants.

  4. Please be aware these are the average prices for average condition. It’s reasonable to expect $2-3K for your annuals, and if it’s near an engine overhaul when sold then several times that.

  5. It would be interesting to see a list like this with a side bar giving estimated costs for engine rebuilds, Stits or Ceconite recovering and maybe a worst case scenario where both of those and a major structural repair like replacing a wood spar or rusted tube components. Or show a representative budget for addressing all these issues over time.

  6. I traded my 150 and little cash for ’60 model C175 skylark. Has a Sportsman STOL kit
    Out performs most C172’s for a fraction of their asking prices.
    Love my skylark!!

  7. I owned an AA-1A for 18 years and it was perfect for my VFR flying. It was only when I was ready to become an IFR pilot that I upgraded to an Archer.
    Low cost of maintenance and a great owners group makes keeping it in the air not costing an arm and a leg.

  8. The Luscombe performs a little better than a Cessna 120 or 140 in my opinion. I have a 150 hp Citabria and its not any more fun than either of them although I can climb at a 1000 feet a minute ☺️

  9. I had a Stinson 108-1 back in the 70’s, bought it for about $3500. I think they are still relatively cheap. The Franklin engines are a downer when looking for parts.

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