Friday, August 12, 2016

AOPA Live!

We made it to this weeks edition of AOPA Live!  Our segment is around the 8:23 mark.

The real purpose of this blog has and always will be to remove the mystery of airplane ownership and to emphasize that GA aircraft ownership is possible by the middle class.   I am so grateful that the AOPA picked up on this and not only produced this story piece but also highlighted it in their broadcast.


  1. Outstanding!!!, Just watched your segment on AOPA Live! I might be much older than you but hope to follow in your footsteps on owning my own (cheap) airplane. BTW...Don't be in a big hurry to paint the Cherokee, It's got that RAT ROD look that's 'IN' right now. It took mother nature years to get that look! I would applauded a nice coat of clear LOL. Good Luck with the plane.

  2. Great story! I have always been at the bottom of aviation with old airplanes, lots of DIY maintenance and mogas. It can be done. Having accumulated 4,000+ flight hours on a budget, a few years ago I published a book called "Owner Assisted Aircraft Maintenance" to help fellow aviators with limited funds. It's been a lot of fun!

  3. SLICK !

    Was "in your shoes" back in '69 when I re-enlisted in the Navy and got a 1946 Aeronca 7AC that was the only dog on a dirt strip in Coventry, Rhode Island. That was affordable flying back then, and the PA28s were the "top gun" modern trainers of the day.

    Keep on doing what you're doing. You will have many decades of happy flying.

    "Bravo Zulu" ........... "FOGGY" :)

  4. " emphasize that GA aircraft ownership is possible by the middle class."

    Am I the only one not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling, thinking that ownership for the middle class means an un-airworthy, 44 year old airport dog, requiring months of labor?

    1. My statement isn't meant to mean that to get into aviation you must fix up a plane. It's meant to be taken that to get into aviation you do not need to spend 400k on a new airplane. The aopa guys did a good job of highlighting this after the segment in their aopa live broadcast. They reported the average prices from vref and they came up in the 25-30k range.