The First Time Airplane Buyer
For most people buying their first airplane can be ranked in conjunction with buying your dream home, getting married or name any other significant event in your life. Buying your first airplane means the completion of a dream. One of the greatest highlights of my career is seeing a first time buyer act like a 6 year old on Christmas morning when I hand him or her keys to their new airplane.
The thought of purchasing an airplane can seem daunting. After all, only 1 in 100 people in the U.S. have a pilots license, much less own an airplane. For those looking for an adventure to a far off land, a 100 dollar hamburger or a business tool to be more productive, rest assured that purchasing an airplane isn’t rocket science, it’s “plane science” which is a whole lot easier so lets begin.
This article will present a step by step process to make your dream come true. Step number 1; make sure your spouse or significant other is on board. I firmly believe that this is the biggest dream killer. If you pass step one (lucky you), then step two is to take inventory of what you are looking to accomplish. What is your mission? Is it to take your wife and kids on a 100 mile trip to the coast on a sunny day or do you often find yourself needing to be in a business meeting three states away and the weather is usually marginal? Here is the key, purchase the airplane that meets your mission at least 80% of the time. Don’t by a six place airplane if 90% of the time it is just you and your wife flying. The extra gas, aircraft cost, insurance, and maintenance of purchasing the extra seats you won’t be using will more than pay for the rentals of the times when you do need the extra seat. The same can be said for buying an airplane to fly you from New York to Florida twice a year. If you are a low time or student pilot, call an aircraft insurance agent to help determine what airplanes you can safely fly. If you are just learning to fly, don’t expect to be flying a King Air any time soon.
Along with determining your mission, determine how much a year you are willing to set aside for an airplane. The purchase price is just one piece of the pie. You will have to do research and find out how much a hangar or tie-down costs at your local airport as well as fuel and shop rates for oil changes and annuals. If you plan on buying a used airplane, set aside money for unscheduled repair bills, and a pre-buy inspection. A good rule of thumb that I have heard from mechanics is budget the price of the annual to cover the unscheduled repair bills. Also, the monthly cost to keep all available subscriptions on a glass cockpit is often overlooked and can run over 100 dollars month. Don’t forget that if you keep your airplane for a long time, you will have to eventually pay for an engine overhaul.
Now that you have determined your mission and know how many premium Starbucks coffees you must forgo to afford your next love (I mean airplane), it is time to begin the search process. A great place to gather information is by attending large aircraft expos such as Oshkosh or Sun N Fun. It never hurts to ask around the local FBO or spend some quality time on the internet searching airplanes. Asking an aircraft broker or sales representative would result in several airplanes to meet your mission and price.
With several different airplanes in mind, the next step is to determine the most important features you want in an airplane? The honest truth is that there is no ideal airplane for everyone that has everything. Each airplane has its strengths and weakness. I recommend rank ordering what strengths you think your ideal airplane should have. A few ideas include: safety record, speed, avionics, payload, cabin comfort, visibility, range, efficiency, cost of maintenance, etc. I would like to expound on these a bit. First, safety record. Airplanes are safe, just some have a better safety record than others. The best way to research a specific airplane is to visit the NTSB website at http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.asp and do a search on the airplanes you are interested in. Comparing the avionics panel is like comparing a house with a pool to a house without one, it makes a big difference. Airplanes with glass panels are in demand and offer a higher resale value than non-glass equipped airplanes; they also command a higher price. Airplanes with a Garmin 430 or 530 GPS are more desirable than Loran equipped airplanes or no GPS at all. I hate to admit this but it is true, almost any GPS other than a 430 or 530 is almost undesirable in today’s market. If you are a recreational flyer going to the beach, a Garmin G1000 might be overkill, whereas flying with a Garmin G1000 cross county on an IFR plan might be quite useful. The cost of maintenance could be found by contacting a sales representative or asking another owner of the airplane that interests you. Speed, payload and range can be found on the manufacturers’ website or a write up in an aviation magazine. For cabin comfort and visibility, you will most likely have to wait until the demo flight.
By now, you should be down to just two or three models that fit your mission, piloting skill level, price, and features. Before you start dialing for demo flights, you may want to make sure your bank is OK with you buying an airplane. Companies such as Dorr Aviation, Airfleet Capital or AOPA can help you secure financing. Even during this economic downturn, there is plenty of money that banks are willing to lend to someone who qualifies. Plan on putting 15-20% down. Banks are usually willing to lend upwards of 20 years and aircraft financing rates are very favorable at the time of this writing. Once you are preapproved, you won’t have any more doubt and you will be in a much stronger position to make an offer on your next airplane. On a side note, if you don’t qualify for the airplane you are considering, getting into a partnership may be an alternative; (however, I will save partnerships for another topic on another day.)
One additional question that I often hear is should I buy new or pre-owned? Books can be written about new verses used so for the purpose of this article and as a general rule of thumb, if you can go new as a first time buyer, then do it. It will save you headaches when it comes to repairs and having an airplane warranty is nice to have. Buying new can also help with your taxes. The downside of buying new is being prepared to take a depreciation hit when it comes time to sell or trade in.
Finally, if you are looking for a new airplane, give your local sales representative a call and schedule a demo flight. If you go used, you may have to do some dialing and schedule several different visits to find your next Christmas present.
Ryan Ramos is the sales manager for Premier Aircraft Sales and represents Diamond Aircraft, Mooney Aircraft and the Aviat Husky in the Southeast. Based in Charlotte, NC, Ryan is a FAAST speaker and has been featured in several aviation magazines. You can also find Ryan at most aviation trade shows. To learn more,
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Airplane crash in Jamaica
The crash of American Airlines which overran runway in Jamaica caused forty passengers hurt on Tuesday night. The flight was scheduled for Jamaica. According to local authorities, the plane broke apart at Kingston’s international airport in the capital of the Caribbean nation of Jamaica.
According to variety of source of previous news, there were plenty of misunderstanding and doubtful information about the flight. Some said that the plane had been crashed. Others said that all the passengers were dead. However, all of such information was unofficial.
The Jamaica Observer newspaper quoted information from Daryl Vaz Jamaican Information Minister that 40 passengers had been injured and taken to the Kingston Public Hospital. He also added that there were unknown numbers of death. Tim Smith, American Airlines spokesman said that basing on the preliminary reports there were no seriously injured passengers.
There were 148 passengers and six crew members on American Airlines, fight 331. The Boeing 737 faced the same fate after landing at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport in a very bad weather condition – heavy rain.
Milton Walker, the head of TV Jamaica told CNN that among 40 injured passengers only four suffered from serious injuries. According to a passenger, everything seemed good when the plane was landing but it was unlucky to come to stop with a loud bang. Passengers were caught attention by the deployment of oxygen masks and the structure of fuselage starting to fall to pieces. The overrunning of the plane along the runway in a heavy rain was considered as a chaotic scene. According to an interview with Abaurrea of Keene, New Hampshire via telephone, the plane was like recoil when it hit the ground.
Passengers scrambled to jump off when the emergency exits were opened. Abaurrea, 62 years old passenger suffered from a pain in her neck and back from the impact. Gary Wehrwein, Abaurrea’s husband was hit by falling luggage which hurt his shoulder. The whole flight seemed tumultuous. Before the plane landed, passengers had been warned of turbulence.
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Grand Canyon Airplane
The Grand Canyon is a massive geological masterpiece that is more than a mile deep and 277 miles long. Most visitors see only a fraction of the “crack” when the tour the South Rim. If you want to see it all, book a flight on an airplane tour.
Flights depart daily from Grand Canyon National Park Airport, which is on the outskirts of Tusayan, the small town just outside the Park’s main gate. The airport is a flurry of activity (including helicopter) and functions as the main base for incoming and outgoing South Rim air traffic.
Two of the most popular operators of air tours are Grand Canyon Airlines and Scenic Airlines. These companies and others use an aircraft called the Vistaliner. This aircraft seats 19 people and was designed specifically for sightseeing and features large viewing windows. Further, each aircraft comes with pre-recorded trip narration that shares insights and facts about the canyon as you soar above it.
Standard air tours leave the airport and head due east along the South Rim. During this stage of the tour, you’ll see such wondrous sights like Zuni Point and the Zuni Corridor, the Painted Desert, the Desert Watchtower, the expansive and solitary Navajo Indian Reservation, and the upper Colorado River.
The aircraft will bank at this point, crossing majestic Temple Butte, before flying to the North Rim (the distance between South and North Rim is 10 miles), where you will be treated to fantastic views of the Kaibab Plateau and Kaibab National Forest. Imperial Point, the highest point in the Canyon, will come into view as the tour wends its way westward then south over Dragon Corridor, the widest and most open part of the Canyon, before you prepare for an exhilarating landing.
Total tour time averages about 50 minutes. It’s recommended that you pick a seat on the right side of the plane, as it will offer you the most fulfilling views and photo opportunities. Tickets cost about $ 125 for adults and $ 90 for kids. You can get better rates if you book on the Internet.
If you are based in Las Vegas, there are several operators who offer a plane ride to the South Rim. This trip comes with a guided bus tour to the South Rim. The bus-tour segment is three hours with key stops at select Grand Canyon lookout points such as Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Center, and Hermit’s Rest. Flight time to the South Rim is around one hour and ten minutes.
Grand Canyon airplane tours are the #1 way to see the National Park in all its glory. You’ll see more in an hour than most will in days on the ground. Flights leave from Grand Canyon Airport, which is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the rim. From a cost perspective, these trips are under-priced. To get the absolute best deal, shop the Internet. There are deals out there that take up to 35 % off the retail price. That is guaranteed to change as more travelers discover these air tours. For now, the sky’s the limit!
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RC Airplane Radio
Have you ever seen someone playing with an RC airplane radio? Or perhaps you have seen someone play with a similar radio controlled toys, such as cars, fantasy vehicles, helicopters, sailboats, submarines, animals, trucks, blimps, motor boats, and robots? Are you the type of person who is always curious about how various technologies and items work?
Although the mechanics of how an airplane radio operates is a bit different in comparison to some of the other radio controlled toys, all rely on the same basic principle. In addition, all radio controlled toys have the same four parts, known as the transmitter, receiver, motor(s), and power source.
The transmitter is held in your hands to control the toy and sends radio waves to the receiver. The power source in the transmitter is usually a 9 volt battery that provides power for both the controls and signal transmission. However, do not confuse radio controlled toys with remote controlled toys, because radio controlled toys are always wireless. Whereas, remote controlled toys have a wire connecting the controller and toy.
As for frequency level, most radio controlled toys function at 27 MHz or 49 MHz. Transmitters can also come in single function or full function. A single function controller usually has one trigger that moves the toy forward when pressed and backwards when released. A full function controller allows you to move the toy forward, backward, forward and left, forward and right, backward and left, and backward and right.
In an RC Airplane radio system the transmitter translates the motions into a radio signal. This process is known as modulation. In turn, the transmitter broadcasts the signal.
The receiver is an antenna and circuit board inside the toy that activates the motors within when it receives the radio waves from the transmitter. In an RC airplane radio system, the receiver picks up the data from the radio waves and sends it to each servo. A servo has a horn that is attached to its shaft and a control surface, also known as an engine throttle. As the servo rotates, the horn converts it into a linear movement. Because the motion of the servo is directly proportional to the movement of the control sticks on the transmitter, the control surfaces on the airplane move the way the stick on the transmitter is moved.
The motors are responsible for turning the wheels, steering the vehicle, operating the propellers, etc. The power source can be either a rechargeable battery pack or normal batteries. Usually radio controlled toys are powered by a rechargeable battery pack.
Most radio controlled toys, such as the rc airplane radio, uses the motor to guide a particular part, while another source of power provides locomotion. In the model airplane, a small gas-powered engine turns the propeller, while the RC motor controls the flaps.
Understanding how an RC airplane radio operates is just as simple as playing with it. The four parts making up this system are the transmitter, receiver, motor(s), and power source.
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