Aircraft Variable Costs
Fixed and variable costs are important to determine when buying or operating an airplane. While fixed costs are relatively obvious, variable costs can be somewhat more complex. Determining both fixed and variable costs ahead of time can offer insight for a potential buyer to determine if he or she can afford aircraft ownership.
8 Steps to Aircraft Ownership
Aircraft ownership might seem like a dream for the average pilot, but those who have gone through it know that buying an airplane can be a real nightmare!
Buying an Airplane: Can You Afford It?
Buying an airplane can definitely be affordable, but it’s not for everyone. Your specific financial situation and how you measure value as it relates to aircraft ownership will determine if you’re ready to take the plunge into aircraft ownership.
Buying an Airplane: Choosing the Right Airplane
Aircraft ownership comes with a lot of decisions, but if you stay focused on your specific needs, choosing the right one will be easier.
Buying an Airplane: Ownership Options
The cost of aircraft ownership is high, especially for the typical general aviation pilot. There are ways to reduce the financial burden of buying an airplane, though, such as entering into an agreement with others to share the cost.
Buying an Airplane: Reducing the Cost of Ownership
For many, purchasing an airplane is thought to be an unattainable dream. Aircraft ownership can become a reality, though, if you do some research and find creative ways to make the cost manageable.
Aircraft Fixed Costs
Fixed costs, as opposed to variable costs, are defined as costs that remain the same over a period of time. An aircraft’s fixed costs are the same no matter how much the airplane flies.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Airspeed Indicator
The airspeed indicator is part of the pitot-static system, a differential pressure system that measures both dynamic air pressure from the pitot tube and static pressure from a static port.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Altimeter
The conventional aircraft altimeter works by measuring the atmospheric pressure at the airplane's flight altitude and comparing it to a preset pressure value.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI)
The vertical speed indicator is a basic flight instrument that tells the pilot whether the airplane is climbing, descending or in level flight. The VSI also gives rate information in feet per minute (fpm) for the climb or descent.
Aircraft Systems: Pitot-Static System
The pitot-static system supplies power to three basic aircraft instruments: The airspeed indicator, altimeter and vertical speed indicator.
A Complete Guide to Aviation Gifts
Here's an entire gift guide for various types of aviation fans. Here, you'll find over 50 aviation gift ideas for flight instructors, airline pilots, aircraft owners and even the plain old aviation enthusiast!