So, I Bought An Airplane
Over the last 6-7 months, since writing about why to buy an airplane. My friend and I have made it a reality and are flying back from Cadillac, Michigan this week to Portland, Oregon with OUR new (47 year old) airplane that we just bought!
The entire process of the finding and buying an airplane brought a lot of complications and something I will avoid for quite some time before ever doing again. Like buying a home can be quite difficult these days, buying an airplane is no different. When I started I thought it would have been like buying a car, but alas, that wasn’t true at all. Coming soon, I’ll be writing up my experience of the process, but for now, just know that it was quite the journey with many ups and downs.
The airplane we decided to purchase is N79434, a 1969 Cessna 172K. Unlike normal 172Ks, this bird is equipped with 20% more power ringing in at 180hp (I know, your car probably has more power, but I can fly and am legal to go faster!). The airplane has the bonus of having extended range tanks (50 gallons instead of 40), almost 1,100 pounds of usable load, almost new interior, and a great paint job.
As I mentioned, the airplane we bought is located in Cadillac, Michigan, so we’ll be flying the 15+ hours over the next few days to return to Portland (Troutdale, KTTD) before the sun goes down on Sunday.
If you have an interest in following along, you should be able to go here to track our return.
We’re planning on making a number of stops along the way to make the most of the trek, so if you’re on the path, let’s meet up!
Pictures and videos will be coming soon. We’ll also do some of those Facebook Live videos, so be sure to check me out on the Face Books.
If you have any questions about the adventure, don’t hesitate to ask away.
August 3, 2016 / Jason /
- Total Flight Time: 218.5 Hours
- Pilot In Command Time: 125.7 Hours
- Solo Time: 100.8 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time: 60.5 Hours
- >50NM Cross Country Time (Solo): 27.8 Hours
- Night Time: 7.1 Hours
- Simulated Instrument Time: 4.8 Hours
- Landings (Day/Night): 521 (499/22)
- Flight Training Received: 92.8 Hours
- Ground Training Received: 30.8 Hours