November 2000 Issue

Writing a Reality Check

When you buy an airplane, be prepared to pay far more than the purchase price

No matter what you’re flying, chances are you’ve thought of trading up to something faster, or more nimble, or with a bigger payload. Pilots never have problems thinking ahead of the airplane when they’re looking so far ahead they’re seeing the next airplane they’ll own. As one pilot once told me, “Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.”

Conventional wisdom says that aircraft selection should match the mission of aircraft ownership. In other words, once you’ve figured out what you really want to do with an airplane, selecting an adequate model should be a piece of cake. If you plan to haul a family of four plus luggage over the Sierra Nevadas in the summertime in a typical 4-place...

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