Friday, January 3, 2014

Should you buy or rent when learning to fly?

Thinking of getting a private or sport pilot rating? Should you purchase an airplane to use during instruction?  Can it really save on rental fees and can you buy more affordable than rent?

Buying can be a good way to go.  Ownership frees up the planes schedule and you can get it whenever you want.  No overnight charges if you take a trip.  You know the maintenance history and as an owner, you get comfortable with the aircraft.














But, the biggest problem is buying something that might not be what you want at a later time.  Surprisingly, the wants and needs get mixed up, so what you want, might be different than what you really need.
















If possible fly a few different models of aircraft.  That might mean going to a few different FBO’s and getting in their aircraft.   But after you get a few hours, you will be able to tell the difference between a Cessna 150 and a Cherokee 140.  You know, high and low wing, landing, visibility, all these factors are important to every pilot in some manner. 


Make sure you try them all out before you purchase.

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