Q. Sky, I'm looking at getting a private pilot rating in the
next couple of years, and have considered purchasing an airplane to use during
instruction. I have been told it would
help me save on rental fees and it does seem, that you can buy more affordably
than rent! However, can a student pilot get (affordable) insurance on his
personal aircraft while learning to fly? Seems there may be a
I enjoy reading your articles; they are always informative and entertaining.
I would appreciate any information you might provide in response to my
A. I do think 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.
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.
the decision, a lot depends on what is "affordable" to you. If
you were to buy a $25,000 Cessna 172 or Cherokee 140 you would probably spend
about $1200 a year in full coverage insurance.
A Cessna 150 would be a little bit less because of only having two
seats. A tailwheel aircraft would be a little more.
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