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I just read a great article post on the Oshkosh 365 web site. They have great forums for homebuilders, aerobatics etc.. The comment I want to comment on was under the forum Hangar Talk, and then listed "Financing flight lessons? Show me the #'s" This guy wants to become a pilot and funding is at the top of his list. One guy posted a company that lends money at 12% interest, but if the loan is paid on time and in full they roll it back to 9%. I bring this up not because of the loan, but yet another person wanting to join the ranks of General Aviation. I feel very strong that we as a community need to grow, a continuing voice. To prevent things like user fees, TSA fees we need to remain a large community and voice. In order to grow, we need to add pilots. The financing today is almost to much for the average person to reach. I have listed my site before..fundapilot.com as an alternative plan. Some have asked why don’t you just get another job like I did? Well I took an alternative approach, created a place and taking a chance. Can I get others to donate even 1$, then atleast become a CFI. While some CFI's try to live of instruction fees, I have a job. With that being said, I can teach and not charge. The student pays for the plane, or even half of the price to rent. I get to earn my hours as a pilot in return. I take this approach as pay it forward. Please look at all the people who want to join the General Aviation world, and then look at the ways available for them. I challenge you all to help find a way. My site is one idea..if it works, build it and then let others like the guy on Oshkosh 365 fly. For every one person that learns several more will be introduced. The love of flying is the greatest gift we can give. The old adage if we build it they will come.
Common sense should always come first.
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