The simplest way to share wings

Posted on July 20th, 2014 by

You’ve decided to consider sharing your wings. Good for you! Like sharing a life, sharing an asset can benefit numerous people and allow them to potentially do more than going it alone. But it also can complicate life. Making a... Continue Reading →

Renting vs. owning

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by

For many private pilots, renting makes more sense than buying an airplane. The ongoing costs of compliance, maintenance, and storage — added to the rising costs of fuel — can bring the hourly cost of flying your own aircraft within... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot: Multitask flying

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by

The retail price of avgas continues to climb with fewer refineries supplying it. Aircraft parts, never cheap, increase in cost each year. Smaller airports close and larger airports raise hangar rents. Fewer private pilots are flying today than 10years ago,... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot: Barter and trade

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by

If your flying budget is tight — like mine — there are many ways to cut your flying costs without spending a lot of money. You can borrow, rent, trade or barter for some of the things you need. Not... Continue Reading →

Be smart about aircraft maintenance

Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by

One thing all airplanes need is regular maintenance, even ones that don’t fly much. A frugal pilot knows how much of that maintenance he or she can legally — and comfortably — do. Continue Reading →

Learn from smarter pilots

Posted on January 19th, 2014 by

We pilots typically don’t like to admit it, but some pilots are smarter than we are — at least on some topics. The aim of the frugal pilot is to learn something useful from more experienced pilots and aircraft owners.... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Notebook

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by

Every owner-pilot should have a Frugal Notebook. It’s a blank book you can keep in the glove box or your flight bag to record things about your airplane. If you are a renter, it’s a handy place to record your... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot: Get more than you pay for

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by

What’s the difference between a need and a want? At the grocery store, a need is buying milk, bread and other food staples. A want is getting soda, corn chips and snack cakes. In recreational aviation, a need is something... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot: Plan to keep it simple

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by

In the first installment of The Frugal Pilot, we covered defining your flying mission: why you fly. The reason for starting there is because of Frugal Fact #1: Complexity increases costs exponentially. Each layer of complexity you add to flying... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot

Posted on September 1st, 2013 by

By DAN RAMSEY In July, I offered readers my 10 Tips for Frugal Pilots. Evidently there are many pilots who want or need to fly on a budget, so I’m now offering the first of a regular column on being... Continue Reading →