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123494 03-02-2019 07:44 AM

Those Still Flying GA
 
For the airline and corporate guys, do you still fly GA in your free time? Do you own or rent? What plane do you have? How often do you take the plane up? Just curious

sourdough44 03-03-2019 04:30 PM

I own a plane, no it doesnít always make sense on the financial ledger. That aspect does not keep me up at night.

I fly at least inside of every two weeks, move the oil around.

The older Son went to college for half a year, came home & said heíd like to switch to piloting. Having a family plane as he was growing up likely influenced that decision. I didnít push it one way or another.

One can buy a nice plane if you can avoid spending $200k+ with divorce attorneys. I know, canít be avoided at times.

A plane is a bit more special than that boat or RV.

TiredSoul 03-03-2019 04:57 PM

Iíve just started flight instructing again just for giggles.
Itís amazing how bad of an airplane the C172 really is.

JohnBurke 03-03-2019 07:10 PM

I think the 172 is an outstanding airplane.

I fly general aviation often, but prefer to get paid for it.

TiredSoul 03-03-2019 08:46 PM

Itís the Lada or Festiva of the skies.
It gets you there but is not really good at anything else.
Handles like a wet paper bag.

JohnBurke 03-03-2019 09:11 PM

I dunno. I've run 172's off dirt strips with full loads of passengers or cargo in the mountains, towed banners with them, all kinds of things. They're great training airplanes.

They're the Glock 19 of the light airplane world.

TiredSoul 03-03-2019 11:24 PM

Thatís what I said, a Lada...

http://www.globatrol.com/wp-content/...7/IMG_3176.jpg

Back to the original question, I fly light GA about twice a month.

sailingfun 03-04-2019 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sourdough44 (Post 2774093)
I own a plane, no it doesnít always make sense on the financial ledger. That aspect does not keep me up at night.

I fly at least inside of every two weeks, move the oil around.

The older Son went to college for half a year, came home & said heíd like to switch to piloting. Having a family plane as he was growing up likely influenced that decision. I didnít push it one way or another.

One can buy a nice plane if you can avoid spending $200k+ with divorce attorneys. I know, canít be avoided at times.

A plane is a bit more special than that boat or RV.

If his goal is to be a professional pilot send him back to college to get his degree.

galleycafe 03-04-2019 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sailingfun (Post 2774335)
If his goal is to be a professional pilot send him back to college to get his degree.

I disagree. Get the flying done. Get to a regional. Then do the cheapest online degree you can find.

It's what I would do if I had a do over. Then again, no online degrees when I started. Dammit, I'm too young to be this old.

Plane Coffee

sourdough44 03-04-2019 06:55 AM

FWIW, He does have a degree, full timing at a pilot mill now as a CFI.


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