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Hi All. I have finally decided to take the plunge (actually, hope I don't plunge) and get myself a PPL. I have wanted to do so for years but so many people I know have sat their PPL and then funding has caused them to give up flying. My son has just turned teenager and is determinned that he will be a commercial pilot so now I have the justification I need to spend the money on both of us.

 

Can anybody shed any light on a couple of questions I have?

 

  1. It appears that there is a shortage of pilots therefore is it worth me going through to commercial rating either to do some part time charter work or work as an instructor (i have a roster that would be friendly for this), the logic being that I could at least part pay for some of my flying hours.
     
     
  2. Is buying a plane and sitting it at the airport or even cross hiring an option that makes flying cheaper once a PPL has been gained as there are two of us that will want to fly.
     
     
  3. Any idea of hourly costs in fuel and maintenance for say a Jabiru size aircaft.
     
     
  4. Heaps of questions I know with potentially a thousand answers but I am trying to gather as much info as I can before I begin.
     
     

 

 

 

 

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Can anybody shed any light on a couple of questions I have?

  1. It appears that there is a shortage of pilots therefore is it worth me going through to commercial rating either to do some part time charter work or work as an instructor (i have a roster that would be friendly for this), the logic being that I could at least part pay for some of my flying hours.
     

You could work you way through but don't count on making money from a commercial, up until the last twelve months people were actually paying to work to get hours. That's changed slightly but don't know for how long. You will spend $60,000+ to get a commercial only to make **** money if you actually get paid. People with 1500 of so hours are flying something like a Metro for less than $45,000 a year. Dash 8 captains with regionals are only getting around $65,000. It might change but it hasn't in the last thirty years.

Is buying a plane and sitting it at the airport or even cross hiring an option that makes flying cheaper once a PPL has been gained as there are two of us that will want to fly..

If your going to do a fair bit of flying, it could be cheaper.

 

  1. Any idea of hourly costs in fuel and maintenance for say a Jabiru size aircaft.
  2. Between $50 and $100, maybe more depending on all sorts of variables.
     
     

 

 

 

 

  1. Heaps of questions I know with potentially a thousand answers but I am trying to gather as much info as I can before I begin.
    Talk to everybody you can and don't believe everything that's said
     
     

 

 

 

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