Oh she knows - but is encouraging about my owning a plane or share in a partnership some day and never says a word about what photo gear and materials I buy. :)
I have a feeling buying a plane is in the same territory as buying a boat. Course the latter doesn't usually involve boating clubs and renting out, hence engine hours get covered, but still.
Further OT but - decent used plane in that category can be had for the price of a new SUV or mid sized decked out sedan, less if you settle for visual flight only. The problems are the fixed cost of ownership (tie down outdoors is fairly cheap, hangars vary from not bad to outrageous or completely unavailable depending on area, insurance and annual inspection) and, far worse, maintenance costs. Splitting these anong 2-4 owners makes it a lot mare manageable and it's better for the plane to fly regularly anyway.
Just curious, what does it cost to rent a plane?
Depends on the plane and area. The 172 in question is $124/hour plus 6% sales tax. Hours are based on a meter that runs off oil pressure - you pay for the time the engine is running so if you fly to lunch somewhere you don't pay for time sitting on the ground not running. Most places have overnight minimums though which can make multi day trips prohibitive for renters.
Roger - you can hire a 172 for 124 p/h???? In Sydney the price is around 210 p/h!
I've been flying a rental Mooney lately. More money per hour ($154 plus tax) but it's about 30 knots faster to make up for the $30 more, so on a cross country it costs the same or less, gets you there and back faster, and builds my time in "complex" aircraft (retractable landing gear and adjustable prop.)
As for shutting off and gliding - that's not really practical, nor safe, to do routinely and repeatedly. Plus those frequent restarts and the relatively rapid cooling of the engine on the way down would not be good for it. When we practice engine out forced landings as students and later for refresher we just do it at idle throttle.
And to make this photography related, I have shot photos from the air, even when I was a student pilot on solo flights, but never so far with film, only digital, so not suitable for posting here. My wife and I took a ride in the restored Ford Tri-Motor belonging to the Experimental Aircraft Association and I shot some photos with my Yashica 124, but I haven't developed that roll yet.