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How to Fly Your Own Private Airplane

August 22, 2019

[MUSIC PLAYING] Check the oil. Always make sure you have oil. And fuel– always make
sure you have fuel. We have fuel. OK, guys. So we got a pretty special
mission today, some really cool stuff to share with you guys. It’s basically just kind
of a last minute trip, flying across the country. And we’re going to head to
Chicago then South Dakota and it’s going to
be a ton of fun. Also this was yesterday,
so basically a daily blog. You’re welcome. Rochester clearance went on to
three, six, seven, hotel, papa. [INAUDIBLE] one, Charlie, five. And the three, six,
seven, hotel, papa, Rochester clearance, cleared
to the one Charlie five airport via the xerox six departure. Radar vector direct,
maintain 4,000. Watch frequency is
123.7 squawk 6060. OK. We’re good to the one Charlie
five airport via the xerox six. Radar vector is direct. Maintain 4,000. Expect 12– or,
yeah, maintain 4,000. Departure 123.7 squawk
6060, [INAUDIBLE].. [INAUDIBLE] Verify information with me. Yeah, we have [INAUDIBLE]. Alrighty, see you. OK. So I’m not used to just
going up to fourth. Rochester [INAUDIBLE]
hotel, papa, radio 25. [INAUDIBLE],, three,
six, seven, hotel, papa, Rochester tower right heading
280, wind column runway 25 set for takeoff. 280 25 clear for takeoff. And the three, six,
seven, hotel, papa. [INAUDIBLE] coming on. Transit seven, hotel, papa. So you turn rate heading 275. We’re at 275, hotel, papa. OK, that’s clear. Today we got some fun weather
today– basically low viz and rain the whole way,
possibly some clouds, a slight chance of icing. But that’s mostly a little
bit later in the morning. And so we’re not going to
worry about that right now. We’re all set. [MUSIC PLAYING] OK. Everything is looking good. We got air speed. 1822, ready to go. [INAUDIBLE] Cold front 22 Charlie
[INAUDIBLE] 22. Some fun weather today. Rain and these awesome
low clouds out here. Basically we’ve got, kind
of a bunch of precep, just all along the
border with Canada here. And then of course this whole
thing going down across, basically the entire US. So we’re just on the
northern side of that system. There’s a cold front
pushing down from the north. [INAUDIBLE] So as the day goes on,
as the morning goes on, the freezing level’s going to
be closer and closer to 4,000. But we’re going to fly in here. So we’ve got a little bit
of concern about icing, but it doesn’t look like
it’s going to be a problem. So we’re level here at 4,000
feet, heading towards Buffalo. It’s just right up there. But basically there’s just
some rain the whole way. We’re going to head to,
what is it, like, Boling? Bolingbrook, Illinois. We’re kind of settled
in to cruise here. So I’m going to have
a little breakfast. [INAUDIBLE] There’s still some pretty
nice fall colors out here. [INAUDIBLE] Lake Erie. Niagara Falls is just
right up over there. We’re flying over Canada here
throughout the next hour. Piece of cake, nothing to it. It’s just like
flying anywhere else. I even have cell service
and free roaming. So basically what
happened today was, I needed to be in South
Dakota as soon as possible after a few things came
together and I didn’t quite know when that was
going to happen. But it turned out it’s now. So it was like $1,300 or $1,400
for an economy class airline ticket. There was going to
be a couple stops, take 10 or 11
hours to get there. And I also needed some
stuff by tomorrow. And it turned out that
it was like $150 bucks to ship it overnight. But they have a location
just outside of Chicago. So I figured, well, why
not just not in Chicago on my way to South Dakota? So I just pulled out,
you know, for flight trip assistant, typed in Baltic
networks and file, [INAUDIBLE],, I don’t know, Illinois. It told me exactly
how long the drive was, what the closest
airports were, the drive time. So I found this airport, one
Charlie five, the Bolingbrook– Bolingbrook’s Clow
International Airport. I love that. 3,400-foot runway. And they’ve got an
airport restaurant. Door to door in
less than 10 hours, including lunch and
picking up this stuff. So we’re basically just
saving a ton of time and money and having a great
time doing it. [INAUDIBLE] request like
conditions along project route. Hotel papa, temperature is
one Celsius, negative icing. We’re just kind of in the
bases of the clouds, probably three-mile visibility below. Occasional light
rain and light chop. It’s just so awesome
out here now. We’re just on top of everything. Everybody else is having
a gloomy day down below. We’re just right on top of the
clouds and between layers here. Awesome views. And so by the way, also, just
like a ton of awesome stuff coming for you guys. I’m really excited. We’ve got like three more
episodes from the Southwest trip, some of the
coolest flying yet, several of the most awesome
airports I’ve ever been to. Everything from air shows to
chasing wild horses off a grass runway on a private island. Just want really cool stuff. Also, like, it’s kind of
been the month of jets. Like you guys just saw my
first time landing a jet. I went through an eclipse of
a hurricane the other day. That was pretty cool. And also got a pretty
exclusive sneak peek at a brand new business jet, a couple
days after it was certified. So be watching for that. That was pretty cool as well. Just tons of really
cool stuff that I’m excited to share with you guys. And we just though the shooting
like a month’s worth of stuff, just all over the country, some
really cool formation flying, just some epic places. And so make sure that
you’re subscribed. Click the little bell next
to the subscribe button so you don’t miss any of that. The weather should be pretty
much smooth sailing from here. This is the end of
the icing concern. [INAUDIBLE] hotel, papa, core
to the one Charlie five airport via flight heading of 225. Precede direct the maps
intersection, Mike, alpha, papa, papa, sierra. Direct [INAUDIBLE] VUR
echo Oscar November. Direct Joliet VUR
Juliet Oscar tango. Then direct 1 Charlie
5 maintain 4,000. We’d actually just
like to cancel IFR. We’ll go VFR 4,500. [INAUDIBLE] hotel
pap, very good. Maintain VFR. I’ve got the IFR canceled. [INAUDIBLE] So we’ll just VFR, cause
can see Chicago from here. OK, we’ll this is
Chicago, if you like the Sears Tower and stuff. Here’s the industrial wasteland
that is northwestern Indiana. [INAUDIBLE] descending
6,000 across [INAUDIBLE].. Gary, Indiana is
right over there. Right there. Maintain 1,500. Thanks for your patience. The song from the Music Man. [INAUDIBLE] 1453. Gary, Indiana,
Gary, Indiana, Gary. OK I’ve turned green. [MUSIC PLAYING] I got what I needed. I’m going you have some
fuel and depart here from Clow International
Airport, and head to Aberdeen. [MUSIC PLAYING] Terrain system not available. It looks like we’re expecting
erratic to [INAUDIBLE] and then direct to Aberdeen. We’ll send that
to the panel here. OK. Everything is in green. Looking good. We’ve got a slight
right crosswind. Traffic two o’clock, same
altitude, zero miles. OK. So that’s all good. I’ll [INAUDIBLE]
prop back to keep it quiet for those
neighbors, cause there are lots of neighbors here. OK. We got [INAUDIBLE]. That’s cool. 4 flight just popped
up a traffic alert that this thing didn’t
even tell me about. So, guys, right there– I don’t know why this thing
wasn’t screaming at me. Interesting. Thanks, 4 flight. [INAUDIBLE] airport via radar
vectors oreo [INAUDIBLE] direct. Maintain 4,000 north
via heading two, nine, O, zero, bonanza, three,
six, seven, hotel, papa. [INAUDIBLE] correct. OK, so, that was a
pretty cool stop. Really nice airport restaurant,
great folks at the FBO, just in a perfect location. [INAUDIBLE] hotel,
papa, maintain 8,000. 8,000, bonanza,
seven, hotel, papa. Just in a great location. And I probably wouldn’t of
[INAUDIBLE] that company if there hadn’t been
an airport right where that little airport is. That’s why these little
airports all over the place are so important. Some people think, oh, you know,
it’s like the rich and famous or something using them,
or it’s just these people trying to learn to fly. Like, why should I have
that in my backyard or why should I be, sort of
subsidizing it or something? It’s because it provides
benefits to everybody, for emergency
response, for travel, for business, just everything. And this is, you know,
the perfect example. [MUSIC PLAYING] There’s [INAUDIBLE]
over there, whenever we do bonanzas to Oshkosh. They don’t seem
nearly as busy now. So one of the
questions that I get asked time and time
again is, how do you afford to fly so much? Like, isn’t this super expensive
to fly all over the place all the time? And the answer’s
really pretty simple. It’s actually kind of
similar to the answer to, why do you go
fly around the world? It’s really pretty simple. You know, you find a plane,
spend several months, kind of reading about how flying
in other countries works, ideally maybe talking to
somebody that’s done it, and then just calling
and emailing everybody you can possibly think
of to find people that want to be a part
of it to make it a, sort of financial and
practical possibility. And that’s it. That’s all there is to it. It’s actually pretty easy. –for a two-niner, eight, three. But what trips up most people is
that the determination required to do all of those things over
the course of a year or two, and to stick with it day
in and day out is enormous. And even just take
the sub problem of, how do you figure out what
to do on some given dates to advance towards this
goal, and like actually, you know, get things done? And kind of a
common suggestion is to make a to-do list so
that the night before make a to-do list for what
you want to do tomorrow, so that as soon as you
wake up you’ve got these like clearly defined goals. Like, you know what to do and
you’re not just aimlessly going in different directions. Again, it’s simple enough. You make a to-do list. And at the end of the day,
before you go to bed, whatever, and then the next day you do
those things on the to-do list. And most people try
that for a day or two, or even a week or two. But then they decide,
you know, they don’t want to make a to-do list. Like, you know,
there’s one more thing you want to get done that
day and so you’d rather get that one more
thing done than make a to-do list for tomorrow. Or you just want to go to bed. And so then, you know, you
don’t have a to-do list. And then those tasks
start to feel even harder. And so then people stop, you
know, getting anything done. And they just figure
it’s not worth the effort and they give up completely. And ironically, if they just
stuck to the little things like making a to-do list,
none of the hard things would be nearly as hard. It would all be pretty simple. Ultimately it’s
about priorities. You know, it’s giving up other
things so that you can fly. Having a slightly less nice
apartment or maybe no apartment at all, if you want to
travel a lot, just living out of hotels or hostels
or on people’s couches, things like that. Or not having a car. I don’t have a car. I’ve never owned a car. I don’t really have that
much need for a car. So it’s just kind of
be a waste of money. Instead I spend
that money on this. You’d be amazed how
much money people spend on things like outdoor
sports or going out or going on vacations, things like that. Like, there’s so much. And so basically I just spend
all of that on flying instead. There are other things too. You know, I use
this for business. So I go around and do a
lot of speaking engagements talking about all of
those simple things that go into something like
flying around the world or starting a business. And so I use the plane to
get to speaking engagements that I wouldn’t be able to get
to because of the scheduling constraints and things
like that otherwise. Or where I could do two or
three things on one trip so that it all costs the same
amount as doing one thing. And so as a result,
there’s so many extra business
opportunities that I’m able to take advantage of–
meetings that I could go to, to sell things that
I couldn’t otherwise, or to do speaking engagements
that otherwise would be three times as
expensive for me to get to, and things like that. But all those
extra opportunities pay for all of the fixed costs
of the airplane, and more, of course. So they cover all
the fixed costs, so then the rest of the
time to go fly around or to go add an extra trip
like this to take advantage of yet another business
opportunity is super cheap. It’s about $100 an
hour to fly this plane, once you get all
the fixed costs out of the way– the
insurance, [INAUDIBLE],, an annual, stuff like that. So now it’s just kind of
incremental maintenance– oil changes, maybe
100-hour and fuel. So now, like on this
trip today, round-trip, like six hours there– it’s
like six and 1/2 hours there. It’ll be six hours
back, so it’ll be about $1,200 or $1,300. But an airline ticket was
$1,300 or $1,400, plus I’d of pay about $150 or $200
in shipping to ship that stuff. Instead I was able to stop at
this cool airport restaurant, grab all the stuff
that I needed, and still get home in less
time than it would have taken if I’d of take airline flights. Or if you take a
few friends and you go fly from Boston to
Florida for the day to go watch a rocket
launch perhaps, and you split it five
ways, then that’s like $300 maybe, if that? If you go the same distance,
but you spread it out over two weeks, now it’s
like $600 bucks a person to fly around for two weeks. It’s just super cheap. So ultimately, if you
have to travel a lot, it doesn’t matter if you’re
driving long distances or taking airline flights,
or flying yourself, it’s all about the same cost. And if you can find
ways that it helps you increase productivity, then
that covers the fixed costs. Then the rest of the time
it’s just super cheap to go fly around. So it’s just all these sorts
of things come together. But at the end of the day it’s
ultimately about priorities. It’s, you know, what
do you want to do? How do you want to
spend your money? And what’s important to you? If it’s flying, you can
find a way to make it work. Ultimately it’s that
discipline and that drive to find a way to make it work. And it doesn’t have to
be a plane like this. It could be a 172. It could be some [INAUDIBLE]. It could even be a 210 and
you could build from there. And it’s cheaper than
doing it any other way. [INAUDIBLE] good afternoon. Fly to maintain [INAUDIBLE],,
two, three, zero. Fly maintain two, three,
zero, darkhorse, 700. [INAUDIBLE] three, six,
seven, hotel, papa, 8,000. Just kind of trace
icing right here. It’s probably not going to
get a whole lot better though. Let’s see what the latest
ceiling ceiling is here. [INAUDIBLE] seven. So it’d be about 80, sorry– Along Philadelphia. Thank you, [INAUDIBLE]. Two, niner, seven, niner. So we shouldn’t
have to go too far to get out of this completely. It also just gives us a
minute to see where it goes. Yeah, it looks like
it’s melting now. So no effect on air speed yet. He’s pretty busy though. When I get a chance
I’ve give him a call. We’ll just descend out of it. And we’re out of it. So we’re just going
to leave it for now. I’ll give him a pilot
report here in a minute. [INAUDIBLE] This is seven, hotel, papa. [INAUDIBLE] Three, six, seven, hotel, papa. Number five, zero, bravo
response two, six, three. Seven. Of course if we were
getting more ice than this, we would just start down. Hotel, papa, go ahead. Yeah, this is hotel papa. We’d been getting
trace [INAUDIBLE] here. The temperature’s
negative eight. Could we try, like 7,000? 7,000 hotel, papa. Thanks for the report. [INAUDIBLE] pressure
maintain 5,000. Aberdeen altimeter two,
niner, eight, zero. [INAUDIBLE] down to 5,000,
two, niner, eight, zero. When we have the weather, we’ll
plan on a visual [INAUDIBLE].. Seven, hotel, papa, thank you. Change my frequency 120.6. Someone just made the switch. OK. I’ll go ahead and put
this back over here. We’re almost there. [INAUDIBLE] bonanza,
seven, hotel, papa, requesting contact approach. Seven, hotel,
papa, did you call? Yeah, [INAUDIBLE] can we
get a contact approach? Seven, hotel, papa, clear
for contact approach to Aberdeen Airport. Change to advisor
frequency [INAUDIBLE] cancellation as frequent. Grid contact approach Aberdeen
change to advisor [INAUDIBLE].. So basically we
couldn’t see the airport so we couldn’t do the visual. Now just like a minute later
we can see the airport. But basically this
will let us just kind of get comfortably
below the clouds here and then I’ll go
ahead and cancel. Because right now it’s
just– it’s so hazy. And like over there, like the
clouds are clearly below us. So it’s really hard
to tell up ahead whether we’re going to
end up sort of momentarily in a cloud or something. So I don’t want to
cancel just yet. Seven, bonanza, seven,
hotel, papa, cancel ISR. Seven, hotel, papa, [INAUDIBLE]
cancellation response. See ya later. Good day. Aberdeen traffic bonanza
seven, hotel, papa, the [INAUDIBLE] Aberdeen. Here’s three green. Coach flaps in. [INAUDIBLE] come back. We’re a little
above the path beam, but that’s right
where I want to be, and a little steeper, because
it’s a little better energy management options. Yeah, that’s good. [INAUDIBLE] has run
up, holding short. [MUSIC PLAYING] Aberdeen traffic bonanza
seven, hotel, papa, clear at three, one,
taxi at Aberdeen. They don’t have a radio,
[INAUDIBLE] anyway. That 150 right
there is the plane I did my private
pilot jack ride in. So here we are. Just an awesome way to get
to where I needed to be. Had a ton of fun along
the way, and do it for less time and money
than an airline flight. Also pick up the
stuff that I need. And just remember, it’s all
about these simple things. It’s not as hard as it seems. It just takes the work
and the determination to stick with the small
things to get it done. And then you can fly wherever
you want, whenever you want. Look for five awesome
videos this month. Subscribe if you
haven’t already. And just try to share
aviation with as many people as possible. See you next time.

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  1. Matt, Can I ask what you do for a living? I'm not trying to be nosey, I was asking because you said that you use your plane for business, so I was just curious. BTW: LOVE the videos! I have been an aviation enthusiast for a long time since my dad held his PPL when I was a kid. Love the theory of flight! 🙂

  2. For me, like most people, flying is just a dream or more precisely a "velleity"…. But knowing that aside of the actual cost of buying a plane, there's the additional own it but fly it absolutely 0 hours is £4,000 per annum in hangarage, insurance and compulsory maintenance, and then it's going to cost around £150 an hour in fuel and other costs gives the figure for a budget. Sure – I really can't afford it to any degree; but if I ever do win big on the lottery, I know what I'll be spending the money on learning to do … and then going seeing the world – I really would love to fly around Europe myself as and when I want, stopping where I might want. What a way to live. Flying 40 hours a month is a cost of £6,000 (for fuels, landings and other using the plane costs), the fixed costs for insurances, etc are going to be ~ £350 a month… £80,000 a year to have that freedom to go anywhere in the world at any time on a whim. I'd definitely think spending a million quid over 5 years, say, would be money very, very, very well spent

  3. You have just inspired me to literally take logistics directly into my own hands. Which I will. Yes I will be getting my Private Pilots Licence as a hobby.

  4. How could you afford that plane its looks pretty big some 2 seaters cost like 100,000 and the price to keep it in a hangar u must have a good job

  5. I assume a private airplane flies the same way as an airplane, yoke and rudder pedals, am I wrong?

  6. Supposedly smart guy can't do simple math for what it takes to own, operate and maintain a private plane v taking a commercial flight. Pretends that viewers could to it too if they just searched their couches for change every now and again. Everyone flies private because they are passionate about flying. Period. It not only does not make financial sense, it's incredibly expensive and takes a lot of effort and dedication to do. I'm so tired of hearing this argument in the GA community that, "there was that time where flying commercial was more expensive, therefore private flying is cheaper". This kind of flying also forces you into sketchy decisions about flying through bad weather.

  7. Matt you are great.Wish I was as motivated as you.Furthest I got was Winning aerobatic trophys with Rc models when I was 12.That was 30yrs ago?My dad has his licence. But he is now 83.He tells how today there are no private flying clubs out of main Airports?He remembers how you had to know all the radio and stuff.So you could fly with airliners etc.He was one qualification from Airliners.Manchester England.Yes he should of taught me????

  8. Wow. Clow. That brings back memories. I worked for Clow Corp back the the early 1970's. Wasn't aware that they had an airport named for the company.

  9. I made the to do list and now I am ready to buy my $250,000 used plane so where is my Money at Matt? I did what you said but the money is not there. People just ask you a simple question what do you do to make enough money to fly and eat at these expensive restaurants?  If your engine launches a rod you are looking at probably $30.000plus for a remain  .  Yeah got my to do list now where is the money dude? You're matinance hanger insurance you're annuals have to costing probably $50,000 to $75,000 a year if you don't have engine problems. So how about a straight answer how do you cough up 200 k plus for a used plane to begin with? Common dude lets get a straight answer somebody is paying for all of this

  10. Do you have any recommendations on flight related hostels or similar sites for flight beginners to tap into?
    Thank you 🙃

  11. There are plenty of affordable aircraft that are also affordable to operate and own. Three that come to mind are the Cessna 150, Cessna 172, and Piper Cherokee 140. These can be had from $15000-30000, but be aware that they may have high engine times or other mechanical issues, so be prepared to drop $10-20k for an engine overhaul and other mechanical repairs. Make sure you have a trusted A&P check out the aircraft to ensure that mechanical issues are minimal.

    A rule of thumb is that insurance costs $200 per year per every $10k the aircraft is worth. If it is worth $30k, then your yearly insurance premium is around $600.

    Annuals on these aircraft are very cheap, as in well less than $1000. I’ve heard some numbers below $500 for the aforementioned aircraft.

    Fuel flows for these aircraft in cruise range from 5-10 gph. Sure, they are not high-performance aircraft, but they aren’t gas guzzlers either.

    And, lastly, if you don’t want to pay $180-500 a month for a hangar, lots of airports offer tie-downs for $40-50 a month.

    Let’s add up the (high-side) yearly costs at 100 hours per year (assuming no monthly payments on the airplane itself and you have already paid for the engine overhaul):

    100 hours x 10 gph x $5 per gal =$5000
    Annual = $1000
    Insurance = $600
    Tie-down = 12 x $50 = $600

    Total = $7200 per year. To conservatively account for random maintenance, let’s say $8000 per year. Your costs could very well be much less than that, say if you only flew a couple hours a month (24 hrs/yr), had a lower insurance premium/annual, etc. You don’t need a six-figure salary to afford that.

  12. So you mentioned the 210 and 172. What do you think of the 150? Too small? Too slow? I would like to find something economical to operate.

  13. I sold my PA-28R-200 just before the Piper wing-spar scare. Made a handsome profit. Will rent whenever I want to fly in the future.

  14. 18:12 Google flights shows Boston to Cape Canaveral for $150 rt going commercial. That's 960nm. The A36 Bonanza only has a 716nm range, but assuming you could make it how many gallons of fuel would it take? 280+gal? That's over $1300 just in fuel cost alone one way. Being quite liberal with the phrase "about the same cost". Sure you can make it work, but that logic is a bit dismissive of people that can't afford it.

  15. I recently decided to stop flying after 30 years of holding a PPL A ..and for all of these years I have just under 300 hours total time..not a lot of hours considering the years.But all this due to the High cost of flying rented aircraft..Mortgage..marriage ,kid..Bills etc etc..I always dreamed of being able to own my own aircraft..I could have joined a group..but didnt have the money up front to buy a share in an aircraft..I live in the UK which is well know for extortionate prices. when i first started to fly in 1988 the cost per hour was £60 per hour in 2019..£180 per hour wet..I flew mainly the Robin DR400..lovely aircraft..good luck to this young guy who can afford to fly so many hours at once..Happy landings feet are now firmly on the ground..sad the way I flew the piper arrow 2/3 Cessna 150/2 Cessna cardinal.RG..Cessna 182..cherokee 140/161.happy days 😉

  16. How to fly your own private airplane: step one- learn to fly and earn your private pilot's license. Step two – buy a private airplane. Step three- combine the product of step one with the product od step two. Step four, find more descriptive title foe your video!

  17. nice info matt, one question i have are you flying in auto mode and how much it cost you to maintain a plane in usa

  18. This how to is assuming that all of us pions have enough extra income to own a plane much less operate it. Fuck you. And the horse you rode in on.

  19. Looking for pilot video content makers and found you. Sorry for the criticism, early music level is WAY too loud compared to your speaking audio level. Other music levels are just right while flying/talking. Everything else is bang-on! Nice flying and great landing. Overall nice video.

  20. Oh man, I am playing catch up on your videos Matt and just came across this one. It is funny when I watch your videos and you talk about places that you are going and whatnot it's like ok and stuff, but then you mention you are going into Clow Airport and I'm like whoa that is close to home!!! I have been to that airport a number of times and also eaten at Charlies (good food)!!! It's times like that when you wish you had a heads up and could have maybe gotten the chance to meet you in person!! I also totally loved the dig on Northwest Indiana…it is a total industrial wasteland!!! LOL…Keep up the great work Matt and I still hope to someday cross paths with you!!

  21. Matt i just found your Chanel the other day , and i love it but i keep asking this question every time i see you …… much milk does this guy drink

  22. Matt, love your channel. How about actually answering the question though? Even for someone like me who could afford it without making sacrifices. How do you do it?

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