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Alliance Flight Training offers a diverse fleet of airplanes for rent. We have aircraft from Cessna, Diamond, Cirrus, and Grumman. We make it easy to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental right here on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Next time just grab the keys and the clipboard and go.
Rent vs. Own Comparison
Owning an aircraft is expensive. Renting an aircraft distributes the fixed costs among many folks. If you fly the national average of 50 hours per year and wanted to own a plane as nice as a used late model Cessna 172, you would pay a $1,380 monthly payment, $200 per month for the hangar, about $300 per month for insurance, $100 in gas per month, $500 per year for maintenance, and $1500 for the annual. That’s $25,760 per year. By renting, you can fly the airplane for 50 hours per year at $425 per month, but save well over $18,000 per year.
*Table based on an average of flying 50 hours per year.
Sometimes it does make sense to own and lease an aircraft. If you’re interested in what it takes to leaseback to an aircraft rental fleet, read about our aircraft leaseback opportunities here.
You can save over $20,000 per year by renting!
When you are faced with the decision about whether to purchase an aircraft or rent one, make a checklist. Here are some things to consider:
- How often do you fly? If you fly once or twice a month for pleasure only, ownership will probably not make good financial sense.
- How often would you like to fly? If you believe that the availability of an aircraft seven days per week, 24 hours a day might change how much flying you do, a purchase should at least be considered, but a word of caution is necessary: Many pilots fool themselves into thinking that owning an airplane will increase the number of hours they fly. In many cases, it doesn’t.
- What kind of budget can you allocate to flying? Are you flying only when you have enough cash left over at the end of each month, or do you have a set amount regularly committed to flying?
- Is the flying business-related, personal, or some of each? If you had the availability of an aircraft, would you fly more on business and take more vacations than you do now?
- How many people do you normally carry? Can you carry a few of the comrades along on a business trip to share expenses? Would you take more family trips if you had room for all the family members?
- How fussy are you about appearance and working order of components? If you don’t like renting an aircraft that has an “inop” sticker pasted on the panel or one that looks as if it hasn’t been washed in months, a purchase might be worth the cost.
- Are you willing to make some personal sacrifices to fly? Can you get along with an older car if that helps you afford an airplane?
- What does the ego want to fly? Will you be happy owning a Cessna 172 when you really want a Cessna 310? Now is the time to be honest with oneself. Is the thrill of a high-performance aircraft, or in the case of a Cessna 310, an extra engine, really worth the extra expense?
- How do you feel about sharing? Would a partnership work for you? Do you like sharing, or would this defeat the purpose in buying in the first place?
- What is the availability of aircraft rentals at the local airport? If you can find a variety of aircraft locally that offer good availability as well, it might make more sense to rent.