On September 21st "Gulliver" from the economist.com interviewed a number of private pilots to see it there were significant benefits to flying your own aircraft as opposed to traveling on the airlines. Well duh... all of us that fly airplanes know the answer to that question! First of all you can't use cost as a measure because no doubt flying your own airplane will be more expensive. Also, if you are flying from Manhattan to LA your personal livery probably won't work out real well. But if you live in the heart of Michigan, and need to get to the heart of Indiana for a quick business trip, then a private aircraft is the only way to go. You can use one of those 5,200 general use airports without all of that airline congestion, arrive in good spirits and return home to that great family by days end. Now make no mistake, a private pilot without an instrument rating is going to experience some delays, and perhaps a number of days per year that they just can't fly. But those are few and far behind. Add an instrument rating and viola' - even more flexibility! A nice Cessna 210, Beech A36 or Piper Lance will do quite nicely, thank you very much! While it may be more expensive than the airlines, by the time you account for all of the lost time, the wear and tear on your body and the simple joy of aviating from one location to another and you have a winning combination.
With the Obama recession well under way there are great buys in used aircraft out there as well. So if you have ever thought about learning to fly, getting your own airplane and finding out just how convenient it is, take a quick read of the Gulliver report in the Economist.com
and discover it for yourself! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Accuracy means something to me. It's vital to my sense of values. I've learned not to trust people who are inaccurate. Every aviator knows that if mechanics are inaccurate, aircraft crash. If pilots are inaccurate, they get lost—sometimes killed. In my profession life itself depends on accuracy. — Charles A. Lindbergh, 'The Spirit of St. Louis,' 1953.