January 2000 Issue

Rental Roulette

Airplanes for hire can be a gamble, so find out the odds before you place your bet

Airplane owners and pilots who fly a corporate rig where they are intimately involved in the care and feeding of the airplane they fly generally donít have too much uncertainty about the condition of the plane when they get in to fly it. If an FAA inspector meets them at the ramp, they have a pretty good idea what the inspector will or will not find. If it involves a check of the maintenance records the next week at the FSDO, there will be no scrambling to find out whatís in records before the Feds see them.

And when they climb in, they know exactly how to operate all the radios, where the switches are, and even where the fuel check device is. They know their plane. They know what shape...

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