Another PPL Wannabe

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Another PPL Wannabe

Posted by Peter Alberti on Jun 7, 2017 11:57 am

HI all,

Just wanted to say hi. I'm yet another newbie to aviation (got hooked last summer when I took my kids to Young Eagles).  While working on funding for a PPL I'm looking for any excuse to be at our local airport, including taking Scouts there and helping at local events.  I've attached our EAA chapter's recent newsletter that includes my first "Diary of a Pilot Wannabe" submission.

Looking forward to learning from the discussions here and - maybe, just maybe - adding value someday.

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Re: Another PPL Wannabe

Posted by Kayla Upchurch on Jun 8, 2017 10:43 am

Welcome to the Hangar, Pete! I enjoyed reading your first submission in the newsletter you attached. Quite entertaining. smiley

I hope you find value from others here, and look forward to hearing more about your journey to a PPL!

Re: Another PPL Wannabe

Posted by Peter Kuhns on Jun 19, 2017 8:42 am

If you buy the right airplane the biggest expense is the hanger rent. Not sure if you plan to own some day but wanted to mention that... 

Re: Another PPL Wannabe

Posted by Richard Mutzman on Jun 26, 2017 8:05 am

Keep in mind the cost of ownership is more than the actual cost to purchase over many years.  What I am saying is there are a lot of what appear to be inexpensive aircraft on the market, but the cost of ownership of some of those planes will each your lunch.  Really, I mean really think about how you are going to use the plane now and what your mission is.  Think about the future use and don't dream about flying around the country with your significant other until you have talked to her and actually taken her somewhere via a rental. Make sure she enjoys the flying. You need to really define your mission, how many people, how far, how quick do you need to get there.  Many folks buy more airplane than they actually need, and then get discouraged when the maintenance and insurance bills roll in. 

My my two cents. 

Re: Another PPL Wannabe

Posted by J Killian on Jun 29, 2017 12:34 pm

Peter, After 38 years of flying, renting and owning 3 aircraft, I wish what you say were correct (biggest expense is hanger).  The biggest expense is the sinking fund that should be established for engine overhaul and aircraft paintings.  Yes, you can put off or hope to pass on to the next owner, but then one had better count on depreciation as the biggest expense.   I don't know how much you fly, but I spend at least double the cost of my hanger on fuel alone.  Then there is insurance, oil changes, annuals, misc repairs, and of course, panel upgrades.  I think that it is important that everone flying fully understands the costs involved - the unknowns and surprises can diminish the enjoyment that we derive from our pasion.