As most know, we sold our airplane in May after eight years of ownership. It was a great airplane, and we enjoyed our ownership experience. But it was time to make a change. Long story short, our airplane was facing quite a bit of work in the future (fabric, paint, panel) if we really wanted to make it like we wanted, and we didn’t want to pour money into this particular airplane.
Now we’re in this weird “interim” period of life where I still want to run out to the airport to fly on my terms, but the airplane isn’t there. (And that part really stinks.) True, we joined a flying club and have access to planes, but everyone that has owned an airplane knows why that isn’t the same.
I thought it’d be fun to document our return to aircraft ownership, however long that takes, and whatever the heck that ends up looking like. So here goes.
Unless you’re just crawling out from a deep, dark hole, you know that the world is a mess right now. The economy is struggling and job security is… well, not secure. Oddly, the used aircraft market remains strong (anyone want a $70,000 Cessna 172?).
So, with all of that going on — and prices remaining high — we’re likely in a period of just saving our money and waiting a year or a bit more to see what the world decides to do. There have been some great local airplanes come across our radar, but the truth is we don’t have the money (and we don’t finance toys), so it’ll just have to wait for now.
If there’s anything we’re doing right now, it’s watching the used airplane market closely and trying to really lock in our mission. That’s what you hear from anyone helping people buy airplanes: Define. The. Mission. I’m actually glad to have this time to sit and really think about that question.
Also, we’re considering experimental aircraft, but I’m not convinced that is the right path for our family.
This next airplane will (hopefully) be our forever airplane. We’ll use the heck out of it and take care of it for the long-term, so we want to get it right.
Stay tuned for future updates as we progress along the route back to our own airplane in the hangar!