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    wolfgangqpublic Posts: 189, Reputation: 29

    Aug 14, 2009, 11:29 AM
    Cheap airplanes.
    My lifelong dream was to become a pilot. Now that I finally have my aviation license I would like to buy me an aircraft.

    Where? I can't afford a new plane, I got to get something pre-owned. Do you know a site where I can find something?

    Please help me :)

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    twinkiedooter Posts: 12,172, Reputation: 1054
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    Aug 14, 2009, 02:09 PM

    You can start looking at the airport where you took flying lessons. Lots of times private owners want to sell but don't know to who.

    Another possibility you might look into would be a time share type arrangement.

    Many years ago my mother and father took flying lessons. They joined a coop (time share or whatever you would call it) with about 10 other people to share an airplane. They would work out a schedule of when they wanted to use the plane and keep to that schedule.

    Then my mother purchased her own Cessna 280. She had to find hangar space (not cheap) and she had to faithfully have the repairs done on the engine (no cheating EVER on that topic). In the end she had to give up her hobby as it was too expensive for her to continue.

    If you are really trying to get your feet wet flying may I suggest that you try renting a plane for when you need it? Trust me, as an old airport frequenter this would be your best bet and the cheapest as well. It takes a lot of money to properly upkeep an airplane.

    Unless you have an unlimited pocketbook or a very well paying job this can be a very expensive hobby.

    I've been flying since I was 7. Was my mother's navigator at age 12 correctly reading the air charts. Got my own private pilot's license at age 18. I probably have several thousand hours. Most hours on my mother's log book as I was not legally old enough to fly. She'd take off and land and I'd fly the entire way myself (with her along of course). Lots of night flying, long distance cross country flying, you name it, I've done it.
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    summer7 Posts: 344, Reputation: 44
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    Oct 16, 2009, 02:10 AM

    At the small airports most have Associations. They support it's members. My boyfriend took his lessons there and automatically became part of the Association. I see info posted all the time at the hangars. Are you looking for a Cessna? Contact the Association for leads.

    Are you sure you want to make that huge investment? My boyfriend wanted one too but he has fun borrowing different planes for weekend trips.

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