When scanning the pages of Trade-A-Plane looking for an airplane to buy, don't be seduced by the seemingly bargain prices on older-model aircraft, particularly twins and high-performance singles. The purchase price doesn't matter if you can't afford to fly the thing. Gene Unterman — who has bought and sold thousands of aircraft — offers an easy rule-of-thumb for estimating operating cost based on just two variables: fuel burn and age. It might help you to avoid buying a money pit.
By Eugene Unterman
, This first appeared in the author's best-selling book HOW TO BUY A USED AIRCRAFT WITHOUT TAKING A DIVE and is reprinted here by permission. | June 27, 1999