Affordable Aviation

Dynon D-10A STC Approved for More Aircraft!

Dynon, the EAA, and the FAA announced last summer a revolutionary STC allowing installation of the (experimental category) Dynon D-10A EFIS in normal category aircraft. This is wonderful because it gives aircraft owners a relatively cheap way to update older aircraft with modern technology. It will make those aircraft safer, more reliable, and more useful.

FAA Publishes 3rd Class Medical Reform

The FAA finally announced their new BasicMed rule last week. (This is the rule that let's pilots fly a lot of aircraft without the need to hold a 3rd class medical.) It's a really big deal in a lot of ways. It will help further the cause of aviation in the United States. Of course, it also has some caveats that make it far less of a good deal than I'd hoped.

(You can read the FAA's final rule here, or you can catch it in the new 14 CFR Part 68 when it's published.)

Snag a Fun Side-Job and Save the (Pilot) World!

Ladies and Gentlemen, AOPA needs presenters for their Rusty Pilot program...and you can be one of them!

The Rusty Pilot program is aimed at getting pilots who haven't flown in a while excited about aviation again. It seeks to help them brush up on their pilot general knowledge, complete a BFR, and get back into flying. It very wisely tries to coordinate this effort with flying clubs or other organizations so that returning pilots will have a built-in group of flying buddies for support and camaraderie. It's a great thing.

Here's a Free Airplane, Just Start a Club to Fly it!

Let's be honest: as pilots, we're kind of cheap. We'd all love to fly more...if only someone would give us a free airplane to do that flying in, right? Luckily for us, there are a few organizations out there that hold airplane giveaway sweepstakes every year.

Affordable Aviation: Outstanding Flying Club Resources

If you're like me, part of being a pilot is aspiring to own an aircraft. There's something to be said for knowing you have access to an aircraft of your choice, at any time on any day. It's nice to be intimately familiar with it's handling qualities and avionics (or lack thereof,) and to know exactly how it's been treated by the last person to fly it. Aircraft ownership is a wonderful thing, but it's not without its difficulties. Taking care of an aircraft is a lot of work and it's relatively expensive.

Cost is probably the most commonly-blamed reason for the overall decrease in the number of pilots right now. Owning an airplane has the potential to decrease the hourly cost of flying, but only if you plan on spending a great deal of money on flying in a given year.

If you're looking for affordable aviation and aspire to own an aircraft, then a flying club might be a great way for you to go. If you're interested, AOPA just released a great set of resources for starting a flying club.

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