The Risks of Owning an Aircraft While Training

A professional pilot looks at the pros and cons of owning your own airplane while building flight hours.

Owning your own aircraft for flight training and building flight hours can be wildly rewarding, but it also comes with risks. 

Airline captain Sam Weigel shares his experience of owning a 1953 Piper Pacer while he was building hours early on and how he navigated an unexpected turn of events.

“Thinking back to the years when I was training and time building, I did not have $20,000 to lose,” Weigel said. “Such a financial setback might have killed my career before it even got started.”


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