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  • #16
    Originally posted by Paul Dewhurst View Post
    But the resale value is also much higher ( often as much difference as the cost differential new) so you get a bigger payback when it’s time to sell.

    It’s definitely win win - if you can raise the cash in the first instance..
    Who in their right mind would tie up say 50k in an aeroplane they are going to fly 50-100 hours a year in? You could invest it and make 2k pa. I bet nobody factors that into their calculation of cost per hour!

    I seem to recall that in the dim and distant past Microlights were supposed to be the cheap way to get in the air. Not any more.
    Martin Watson
    Microlights in Norfolk
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    • #17
      582 vs 912 was the post wasn’t it?

      Skyranger with 582 vs 912 cost difference around 7K

      Resale value at 500 hours or so around 7K different.

      In the meantime you have saved around 10ph in fuel and maintenance. So the 912 owner has won by 5K. And enjoyed better performance, reliability range and usefulness in the meantime.

      So if you can afford the extra investment it pays back substantially.

      And that is why although 582 is still available as an option on lots of aircraft people stopped buying them for new two seaters a long time ago.

      As for cheap microlighting - it’s never been cheaper if you want twobstroke there are lots of machines on the market for less than 5K used.

      And syndicates for modern weather capable 4stroke two seaters provide excellent value for money flying for most people - they can do their 30hours or so all in for less than the cost of hangaring an old thruster.
      Last edited by Paul Dewhurst; 21st May 2018, 14:32.

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      • #18
        [QUOTE=Paul Dewhurst;

        And syndicates for modern weather capable 4stroke two seaters provide excellent value for money flying for most people - they can do their 30hours or so all in for less than the cost of hangaring an old thruster.[/QUOTE]
        Although of course a Thruster is well able to be tied down outside, unlike so many of the modern heavies, so hangarage does not come into it.

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