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 →