21 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.

  10. I learned to fly in a Cherokee 140 (and a 150 and 172) at Ryan Field in Tucson, Arizona. My friend and instructor, Hal Goddard (whom I nicknamed “The Albatross”…he smiled when I first called him that…and accepted me calling him that…in private conversation) put me through intense training…always emphasising that you’d better pay attention and learn something new every time aloft. I did…and still do because of Hal.

    The Cherokee 140 was mechanically top notch ….but it sure looked like hell. It needed a paint job….seriously needed a paint job. Also…it will stay at 50 kts. on the runway with your feet gently relaxed applying the brakes….I found out. Hal……smiled……we had enough runway left to become airborne.

    I miss my friend and mentor. I’m a better pilot because of his patient instruction and way he trained me to eventually feel like I was part of the sky. His instruction in the Aerobat 150 saved my life later as I found myself upended in the air one day. Long story…thank you Hal.

  11. Cessna 120 for me. Dad bought it for $2000 with a run out engine. He spent another $1300 for a freshly overhauled C85-12 (1969 prices) I never appreciated the gift I had been given.

    The first hour of dual in it my usual instructor was overbooked, so the instructor I got had only flown trikes. I did’my know any better, and the first maneuver we did was a ground loop (no damage).

  12. My first airplane was a Stinson 108, followed by a Cessna 120, and finally a straight tail Cessna 150. All great airplanes and lots of fun. Loved flying them all, but am without today, having sold my 150 which I had for 26 years. In the market but cannot decide, but hedging toward another Stinson.

  13. I still fly a stinson 108 and have for the past thirty one years , bought it as an interim aircraft and the silly old thing just stuck . Its a capable backwoods aircraft for two people and everything you need , tent, bags , chairs , real camp stove ,table , and cooler with food and beverage and ice , the old girl packs this kind of load in and out of back country strips with a smile .it burns 8.5 an hour @117 to 120 mph not fast but usable . As to the Franklin, I have found most parts are available and can be shipped overnight , also the smoothness and sound adds to that smile . Don’t have to fly one , I choose to .

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