By GUY R. MAHER
There was a time when if you wanted to buy one of the many models of airplanes offered by Cessna, Beech, Piper, Mooney, Grumman and more, all it took was a short drive to a near-by airport and a respective dealer.
There you could pick from the many choices of late-model, low-time copies of your favorite. You could also easily find somebody who knew how to fix it, had no problem getting parts, and hire somebody well versed in the type to train you properly.
That was then — 40 years ago. This is now.
It’s not uncommon to have to cross the entire country to grab up that decent legacy four-place basic single. [Read more…]