Where do I start…?

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

I am look­ing to learn to fly and have been us­ing Pi­lot magazine to re­search my op­tions. I pro­ceed cau­tiously and am look­ing to have as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble be­fore com­mit­ting to the train­ing. I don’t I want to fly com­mer­cially so am specif­i­cally look­ing at the fi­nances of life as a pri­vate pi­lot.

I read with great in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle where a com­par­i­son was made be­tween a pis­ton and tur­bo­prop and the fi­nances that re­lated to them. I was also specif­i­cally in­ter­ested in the process of train­ing for the Instrument Rat­ing. They were both in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive and as a result I would, of course, like to be both instrument rated and fly a tur­bo­prop – the sec­ond I think will al­ways be out of reach.

Could you point me in the di­rec­tion of some advice when it comes to what other read­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced in fi­nanc­ing their fly­ing? I live near to Red­hill Aero­drome; the sim­ple option is to sign up and do my PPL, but what then?

Do I hire an air­craft ev­ery time I want to fly? That would get very ex­pen­sive if I want to fly to Paris and stay there for a week while work­ing, or travel to Scotland for the week­end.

Do I join a group and share the own­er­ship of an air­craft? How do oth­ers find this? Can you take the air­craft for longer pe­ri­ods? How much does this re­ally cost on an an­nual ba­sis? Are there any hid­den costs?

Should I look to buy my­self a much cheaper air­craft and use it to learn on? My con­cern would be that this costs much more in the long run. I have no ex­pe­ri­ence in manag­ing an air­craft so I don’t hon­estly see this as an option. Would this re­duce the cost of train­ing?

Have you al­ready pub­lished an ar­ti­cle along these lines? If not then could you? I am most in­ter­ested in the guid­ance from those who have al­ready com­pleted the same jour­ney. Matthew Tay­lor by email

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