2 thoughts on “So You’re Thinking Of Buying An Airplane

  1. I’d like to encourage you folks to expand on the “Analyze the cost” paragraph because this is proving to be the most difficult part of my aircraft purchase journey, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

    I know my mission requirements and all the other things you mention – I just can’t get comfortable predicting the price of ongoing maintenance. I want to say, “with 90% confidence, my operating expenses will be X”. But the more research I do, the more it seems that it could be anywhere from X to ten times X, and this is just too much financial risk.

    Most pilots I know are precise by nature, and as a group, we don’t like unknowable risk. The thought that I can’t pin down true cost of ownership for a used aircraft within a reasonable margin is driving me crazy!

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