June 2013 Issue

Is Owning Safer?

Conventional wisdom argues that it is, but the reality is ownership results in familiarity with one airplane, which in turn can breed contempt.

Pilots decide to buy their own airplane for a variety of reasons. It could be a business decision, helping ensure coverage of a relatively wide sales area, or perhaps an aerial photography business. Specialized flight training—like acro, or a quicky instrument rating—also can be a reason. Recreation or personal transportation is yet another. One of my major motivations was safety.

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