Can One Airplane Do it All?
Probably not, however you can own a plane that will accomplish most of what you'd like it to do. First you must ask yourself the following questions:
1. How will I be using this airplane?
Flying myself from point "A" to point "B" Flying myself and a couple of employees Flying customers
Flying to a 2nd home, either up north or in the south Vacationing with my airplane Visiting family, friends or children I'm a Sunday afternoon flyer Aerobatic flying Flying a floatplane around the lakes
2. Where will I be flying my airplane?
Pretty much within the state Regional travel, within a couple of states Flying more than a tank of fuel away regularly
3. How many passengers will I normally have?
4. What is my flying experience level?
5. How much can I comfortably afford each month?
The "ideal" airplane will do it all for you, but realistically, if you can purchase a plane that will accomplish 90% of your missions, you're doing great! On that rare occasion that you want to take that extra person, or land on water, or do a couple of barrel rolls. . . RENT a plane for the afternoon!
If you plan to fly your plane for more than the time it takes to find a good airport restaurant, comfort and ease of flying will become important considerations. Look for seats that adjust in several directions and with back support. Head room and shoulder room won't seem to be an issue on a "demo" flight, but try to anticipate your needs when you've been in a seat for 4-5 hours. Can you stretch a bit or are you cramped and irritable?
Does the airplane's range meet your needs? A fuel stop will cost you an hour so the few knots you gained with the faster plane may not get you to your destination first if you had to make a stop.
What about the airplane's flying demands. Can you relax a bit or does the plane require your absolute attention. Is the plane forgiving when you're fatigued? Do you have sufficient avionics to provide the information you need in the cockpit? Demanding airplanes are a thrill and a challenge to fly, but when your typical trip is several hours long, the challenge gets old. . . FAST!
Your choice of airplane is a critical one and too often we buy with our emotions and then later regret our decisions. Take the time to envision yourself and your family/business associates in the airplane, and making the usual trip. Are you relaxed? Is everyone comfortable? If the answer is not YES, your business/family flights will probably be short-lived.
Once you've determined your needs, it's time to look at your finances. Yes, you read that correctly! Determine the right airplane FIRST and then decide how you're going to pay for it. That comment doesn't sound like one that would come from the daughter of a conservative accountant. . .
However, if you purchase the wrong airplane for the right money, you're sure to:
- Not fully utilize your airplane
- Spend too much money trying to make it what you wanted in the first place 3. Get hurt!
(Dad would agree with that!)
Instead, choose the right airplane and learn about different options available to help you pay for it. You can learn about some of these options by downloading the teleclass:
"Secrets of the Aircraft Finance Companies"
Choosing the right airplane is SUCH an important decision! Do your homework and buy a plane that will be easily integrated into your lifestyle: business AND personal .
You can compare the features of several aircraft by downloading the Spec sheets at:
Pat Redmond helps business owners who are tired of long lines and baggage claims, fly their way to freedom! Enjoy dinner with your family tonight! To learn more about the General Aviation Business, sign up for FREE aircraft purchase tips and tools, visit her site at http://www.airplanenoise.com
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