Less in some places, a bit more in others. Those are early 1980s vintage P models. The newer ones are more, but not THAT much more, about $15/hour. I know we're very lucky in the US in that general aviation is still (barely, and often with sacrifices) within reach of the middle class professional. Much of the reason comes down to lower fees (no user fees for ATC services, at least so far and we've been able to fight it off every time since we pay a fuel tax for that) and taxes resulting in less expensive fuel. Fuel is outrageous here (about $6 gallon +/- a dollar if you avoid the really big operations that really don't want piston engine business anyway and price to keep you away) but not as much as in most of the rest of the world. That price, BTW, is "wet" meaning fuel included. If you refuel away from the place you rented you save the receipt and they knock the cost off the rental (up to the discounted price THEY pay for fuel where I fly, which means you pay a little more to refuel away, but not that much.)
Originally Posted by spatz
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.
Last edited by Roger Cole; 07-28-2013 at 10:15 AM. Click to view previous post history.