Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Check your local airport. They may have a flight school on field and if they don't, they can probably direct you to someone who can help. That's probably the cheapest way to do it. You can learn to fly at places like Embry-Riddle, Flight Safety, or Comair, but they tend to be a little more expensive.
Flyinglen From Canada, joined May 1999, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 953 times:
One way to do it a little cheaper, but it may be harder to find, is buying a share in a plane and renting a private instructor. Flight schools generally frown on their instructors teaching on their own time privately, but I've heard a couple of instances where airline captains( yes, very experienced) that have their instructor ratings do it in their spare time because they love to teach flying. Locally(Vancouver), there is a group that sells shares in 3 planes(various Cessna+Piper) for about $3500 Cdn and rent the plane for about $45 per hour. If you do this while you just start, you can actually save a lot of cash if you pay your instructor 15 or 20 bucks an hour, compared locally to the $45 per hour the schools charge( of course the instructors probably make 1/4 of that themselves). Then after all your time is done, you can use your share for cheap flying, or sell it off to the next rookie. Hope this brings an alternate option for flight training.
Happy flying! Glen.
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 955 times:
The only problem with glens Idea is it could end up costing you much more. Airworthiness directives which are issued by the government to fix known problems with aircraft can be very expensive. But must be compied with in order to maintain the airworthiness certificate.
Secondly you must know what you're buying you must be very knowledgable in the used aircraft market. The airplane may be cheap to get into because the engine is past it's TBO (time before overhaul). The others may choose to fly the airplane past this alotted time. And you may not for the interest of safety. Conflict of interest.
Since you are an owner you must then sell your share to someone interested in buying it. Not easy.
Then there is the problem with schedualing. And aircraft for 3,500 dollars canadian has maaaaaany owners who all want to fly.
Then there is the legal issue. If Joe takes the plane and crashes into the Empire State building you're an owner and you're gonna be sued.
Many problems with co ownership.
In life you get what you pay for. Don't train cheaply beacause it's cheap.
75% of the training industry scams you to some degree.
I would offer advice to you for flight training but I'm in the US. Sorry.