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An Aviator's Field Guide to Owning an Airplane: Practical insights for successful aircraft ownership

An Aviator's Field Guide to Owning an Airplane: Practical insights for successful aircraft ownership

by Jason Blair

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In An Aviator's Field Guide to Owning an Airplane, author Jason Blair shares the knowledge and tips he's gained from his many years owning aircraft and assisting numerous customers buy, sell, manage, and maintain their own airplanes. This book incorporates Blair's many years of industry experience as an aircraft owner, active pilot, instructor, and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner to cover the practical details of ownership and offer tips to maximize your use and enjoyment of your aircraft.

You'll discover how to determine the full cost of aircraft ownership, select insurance, consider tax implications, pick an airport to call home, assess and choose aircraft storage, safely move your airplane, manage maintenance work, find and organize important documents, manage and determine the significance of inoperative equipment, evaluate potential modifications for improved performance, upgrade avionics, overhaul or swap an engine, budget for future maintenance, and more. Blair's goal is to help you protect and properly maintain your aircraft so you can get the best use and enjoyment out of aircraft ownership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619548459
Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2020
Series: Aviator's Field Guide Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jason Blair is an active single- and multi-engine instructor and a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner with over 5,000 hours total time and over 3,000 hours instruction given, and he has flown over 100 different makes and models of general aviation aircraft. He has issued over 1,000 pilot certificates in his role as Examiner. He works and has worked for multiple aviation associations that promote training and general aviation. He also consults on aviation training and regulatory efforts for the general aviation industry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Real Cost of Ownership 1

2 Using Your Aircraft 11

3 Insuring Your Aircraft 17

Choosing the Insured Value 18

Hull Coverage 18

Liability and/or Medical Coverage 19

Add-Ons for Insurance 20

Know the Policy Limitations 21

Finding the Right Agent 22

Ways to Lower Your Insurance Premium 25

4 Taxes and Your Aircraft Christopher Harper, CPA, MBA 27

5 Picking the Right Airport to Call Home 35

FBO and Fueling Services 36

Available Maintenance Services 41

Rented Aircraft Storage (and Hangars) 41

Airport Infrastructure 42

Airspace and Approaches for All-Weather Access 46

Airport Security 47

Other Users of the Airport 49

Emergency Services 50

Private Airports 50

Community 50

6 What to Look for in Aircraft Storage (Hangars and More) 53

Outdoor Options 53

General Hangar Considerations 55

Community Hangars 60

FBO Hangar Rental 61

T-Hangars and Box Hangars 63

Larger Hangars 64

Building or Purchasing Your Own Hangar 65

Location, Location, Location 70

7 Tugs and Towbars 73

Factors to Consider 73

Types of Tugging Equipment and Methods of Moving Aircraft 74

Safety and Damage Prevention 78

Seasonal Conditions 79

Remember to Remove the Towbar 80

8 Maintaining Your Aircraft 83

Required Documents 83

Required Inspections 87

Finding the "Right" Maintenance Provider 91

Equipment That Frequently Breaks or Needs Replacement 95

Tracking Aircraft Maintenance 97

Pro Tips for Preventative and General Maintenance 99

9 Documents You Should Own for Your Aircraft: Maintenance and Parts Manuals 103

10 Organizing Your Aircraft's Logs for Better Maintenance 107

Get Organized 108

Create a List of Inspections and When They Are Due 109

Have ADs Tracked and Well Documented 110

Insist on Detail in Mechanic's Documentation of Completed Work 110

Know the Aircraft's History 111

Make Copies and Store Them Safely 112

11 Inoperative Equipment: What You Shouldn't Just Fly Without 115

Repair 117

Replace 117

Remove 117

12 Completing Your Own Maintenance: What Can You-and What Should You-Do Yourself? 119

13 Items You Should Own and Keep in Your Aircraft 125

Less Common Items to Keep on Your Airplane 125

Basic Tools Every Pilot Should Carry 129

14 Deciding If You Can Fly with Inoperative Equipment: MELs, KOLs, and Beyond 131

15 The Special Flight Permit 139

16 Modifying Your Aircraft to Enhance Performance 143

Engines 144

Propellers 146

Expanding Fuel Capacity 149

VGs for Gross Weight and Aerodynamic Performance 152

Short-Field Performance 153

Improvements for Rough Backcountry Flying 153

Multiple Weight and Balance Documents 154

17 Avionics Upgrades 157

Is It Time to Upgrade Avionics? 157

Downgrading as an Upgrade 159

18 The Engine Overhaul or Swap 161

When Should You Change or Overhaul an Aircraft Engine? 161

Considerations When Completing an Engine Swap or Overhaul 163

19 Planning and Budgeting for Future Maintenance 167

20 Throwaway Planes? 175

21 Selling Your Aircraft 179

Using a Broker 181

Selling It Yourself 182

Pricing Your Aircraft 184

Tips to Make Your Aircraft More Saleable 186

Negotiating and Finalizing the Sale 194

About the Author 199

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