I've been looking at buying an airplane for some time now, but the numbers never added up. Renting just made more sense for me and my growing family, because the kind of airplane I could afford, if I owned the whole thing, was less airplane than I wanted and needed. Renting, however, was no fun. It was cheaper than owning, yes, but the downsides were many and real. The airplanes were well traveled, there were often unresolved squawks, plus I needed to be proficient in several airplane and avionics types. These were all problems that would be solved outright with a fractional share.