The price of flying and/or buying an airplane.

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The price of flying and/or buying an airplane.

Posted by Donald Oberlander on Sep 20, 2018 3:33 pm

I'm completely aware of course, of the airlines now paying folks to learn how to become airline pilots, the military, offering really fat bonuses to get guys to stay in (especially, I guess, fighter pilots).  All of this was absolutely unheard of back in my time of the  late 1960ties, early seventies..  Wish I was young "now", instead of then.  
But here's what really "does" bother me.  In the early seventies, the price of a brand spanking new Cessna was $9000!!!    Today, the price of a Cessna 172 is a whopping $505000.00.  OK, a 172 is more airplane than a 150, but not "that" much.   Who can afford to buy one of these??   I think even a Sirrus is $5000 cheaper than the above mentioned 172.

Seems to me, if these manufacturers want to sell airplanes-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Re: The price of flying and/or buying an airplane.

Posted by Gary Moore on Nov 26, 2018 10:24 am

I hear ya ..... BUT .... isn't that true of everything?  How much was a new car in 1970 compared to today?  And while it's true that actual true income certainly hasn't kept up with inflation - the issue isn't just with airplanes....