Single Engine Aeroplanes
File a flight plan and take to the skies in your single engine aeroplane. As a private aviator, you can choose a specific plane suited to your personal needs. For example, you may prefer an aircraft that seats two or more people, reaches destinations faster and is suitable for either business or pleasure. On the other hand, a one-seater such as an ultralight aircraft that has lower upfront and routine maintenance costs may be what you're looking for.
Why purchase a single engine aeroplane?
Depending on wind and speed, you can fly a single engine piston plane and cover 300 miles in a little over two hours. Business owners enjoy the flexibility of scheduling their own trips as well as the tax advantages they realize when itemizing plane expenses. Use the equipment to start a crop dusting or aerial photography business or offer your services as a bush pilot. Moreover, when you own a jet plane, you control every aspect of the flight, including the safety of you and your passengers. Plus, you won't encounter long waiting lines to board the plane or retrieve baggage.
What should you consider when buying a single engine aeroplane?
In addition to budgeting for the plane itself, you'll have regular expenses, such as hangar storage, insurance, annual inspections and costs associated with maintenance and repair. Pilots may prefer planes with easily viewable Garmin avionic instrumentation panels like those found in a used Cessna Skycatcher. If you're purchasing a pre-owned plane, many sellers upgrade the avionics or replace worn items, such as engine cables, the starter and alternator. Moreover, you can select a vintage Piper Cherokee or a Beech 23 Musketeer that may have lower flight hours or a professionally renovated interior. Furthermore, planes with roomy interiors accommodate taller pilots.
What aircraft accessories should you keep on hand?
Since small aircraft average three oil changes per year, pilots may prefer stockpiling cartons of pre-blended oil formulated to minimise sludge and deposits so the plane's engine runs cleaner. When shopping for aircraft parts and accessories, don't forget about aircraft headsets; features such as noise reduction and a comfortable head pad and ear seals make piloting even more enjoyable.