Are you flying less? Just wondering.

In the past week I’ve seen a newspaper story from Kansas about a Cessna 152 owner who says the price of fuel is limiting his flying activities. Then a story appeared in a Seattle paper indicating it isn’t just fuel, but the recession that has a flight school “hanging on by its fingernails.” A quick trip to Tennessee a week ago turned up a Cessna 182 pilot from Connecticut who said he might not keep the airplane if fuel prices remain where they are, and added, “None of my friends [airplane owners] are flying much.” Is this typical?

After I wrote the above, AOPA came out with a new partnership program to help share ownership costs.

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