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    A non cowboy pilot would do the downwind at more than 80 agl just because you never know when the engine might fail. Beach inspection excuse is b.s.
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    Riles, Just for general info let’s say my Tecnam Sierra which is owned outright cost me about $28 per hour for fuel at current prices $15 per hour for engine replacement $2 per hour for oils & filters $2 per hour for tyres & ancillaries $2100 a year for insurance $1500 a year for hangarage $260 a year for RAA membership $165 a year for Registration $144 a year for a ASIC card $300 to $500 for my 100 hourly’s. So me averaging over 100 hours every year my rough cost total to about $90+ per hour fixed costs but probably is closer to $100 per hour as there are variables no doubt. I use my aircraft for a minimum of 100 hours a year so it is a far cheaper option for me to own as to hire, yes I could recoup some costs hiring it out but the question remains I know how I treat it, bit like hiring your spouse out if you don’t give a damn about her or deciding you like her to much to be abused by someone else.
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    There is no formula. I've done a lot of Cost of Life calculations for trucks, and an aircraft is very similar. If you don't own an aircraft already, you have no way of knowing what the costs are for your make and model , its condition which impacts on unscheduled maintenance and resale value, and its cost centres. As someone has said, the quickest way to get a cost per hour is to see what operators are charging for hire. Yours should be roughly the same as that with the operator's profit margin being offset by your lower annual use and less efficient maintenance cost structure. Once you own an aircraft, you can build a spreadsheet with fixed annual costs based on initial cost and depreciation, registration, hangarage, insurance - these are the costs that apply even if you don't start the engine. Then to the mix you operating costs, such as landing fees, after-flight cleaning, then fuel, oil, then scheduled maintenance (100 hourly etc), and from scheduled maintenance consumables such as oil filters, hoses, brake linings, brake drum/disk machining, hoses, airframe perishables - the parts that will need replacing over and over again, then unscheduled maintenance (with records on what broke and whether that happened on a regular basis). Then you populate the spreadsheet with all these costs (and I've probably forgotten a few others) year by year and hour by hour and you will be able to produce a complex chart with some costs steadily declining, some increasing, some, like brake linings a regular spike, some like machining drums/disks a regular spike but much further apart and so on. Then at the end of the current time period you will have a set of total costs both fixed and and you can calculate an ongoing cost per hour. The longer you maintain this chart the more accurate it becomes, with the exception of unscheduled maintenance, such as an engine blow up, which you can't predict, and which will knock your finances to pieces.
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    Attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection are two primary Japanese traits that have enabled them to go from a totally defeated and destroyed nation in 1945, to a nation that produces world-leading equipment, ranging from aircraft to machinery and plant, right through to electronics. In many areas, the Japanese dominate, and their automotive industry is typical. Less well known is the fact that if you want a world-class-leading item of production machinery, be it anything from a robot to a 4000 tonne press, it will be Japanese.
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    Perhaps that is a factor, DU. I’ve seen a great decline in that pride in workmanship in this country, but I suspect the main reason is their culture’s methodical approach to any task.
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    Excellent idea. It does greatly increase the focus. So now I will point to & reread this message to ensure it is good-quite a few correspondents on many sites would do well to check their post for clarity before posting.
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    We’re assured that LiFePO4 batteries won’t/can’t burn; I’m depending on that, because I replaced my lead battery with one.
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    Have a look at a few videos and you’ll see you won’t even have time to throw out a phone let alone pick up the fireball.
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    A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM. The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home. 'Where have you been?' his wife demanded. 'I can't lie to you,' he replied, 'I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.' She looked down at his shoes and said: 'You lying [email protected]! You've been playing golf!'
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