How to Become a "Frugal Pilot” in 5 Easy Steps.
By Wildcatter Aviation, LLC.
Photo Credit: Adam Johnson
Unfortunately, between: fluctuating fuel costs, airport expenses, and maintenance costs the fun in flying gets met by the expense of flying.
So Wildcatters Aviation constructed you a set of tips that can help you be frugal in addition to keeping your passion alive.
Step 1: Simple, that’s how you do it!
Make so that your aircraft meets the goals you intend it to meet. Many pilots go “the extra mile” when purchasing their aircraft, and in turn incur a higher maintenance costs than they may actually need over their flight career. (If you don’t need a IFR, consider a sufficient VFR plane.
Step 2: Keep in mind, the reasons you fly.
Since the day you first had the idea of flight, you’ve chased that dream. Now that you are living the dream, you’re also living the dream of less expenses related to your passion. Keeping in mind the reasons you fly, relates back to step one and can save you money. Recreation, Short Hops, family vacations, and solo flights may call for a Cessna 150 instead of a 182RG. (You can always rent an aircraft if the occasional long flight calls your name.)
Step 3: Weigh your wants vs. actual needs
When shopping for aircraft “accessories” keep these questions in mind. Does it make my airplane safer? Will this investment save me money long-term? Will this purchase help me reach my “flying goals”? If your purchase meets all three questions, you may well have quantified a need for your aircraft.
Step 4: Be wise about your aircraft maintenance
Is your plane constantly begging for maintenance? Much of it needs to be done to avoid further expenses, but some may not be critical…..yet. Try to keep in mind the mileage between maintenance of tear downs. “Listen to your airplane”, you will know when things begin to sound and feel different in between maintenance. Learning the entire airplane vs. just the parts in the Pilot Operating Handbook will help you better gauge when maintenance is due.
Step 5: Experience is the greatest teacher
Logging maintenance, and all events in regards to your plane will help you keep track of, and learn important information about your plane. For instance, logging your oil analysis reports can help you make decisions about which additives to add to utilize. You can even take advantage of leaning your aircraft’s fuel mixture. Warning signs or changes in your engine can also be pinpointed be keeping records religiously.
At Wildcatter Aviation, you and your aircraft’s safety is one of our key priorities.
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