General Aviation flying can be expensive. But studies have shown the cost of airplane acquisition and flying can be reduced 50% – 75% through co-ownership which allows for the sharing of fixed expenses, such as, hangar, insurance, subscriptions, maintenance and capital acquisition costs. We’ve learned finding the right pilots to form a partnership can be time consuming and expensive. But it should not be that way.
A national listing of airplane co-ownerships by airport doesn’t exist. It’s been tried before and failed. Three primary issues nosedived the attempts: First, true user identity was not maintained. Secondly, the solution became too complex (simple is hard). And, third the app target market was too narrow.
Join us in our quest to build a national directory for aircraft shared ownerships and reserve your free listing today. Simply, let us know you’re interested in shared aircraft ownership.
In the United States, there are about 644,000 registered pilots within a population of 328,000,000 million. Pilots are outnumbered 500:1 by the general population. So, it’s not easy to just connect with other pilots.
General social media apps are out there. But our app validation testing found pilots are discontent with some of these social platforms. When aviation is on their mind, they don’t like wading through unrelated content. It’s time consuming. And, pilots know posting aviation conversations on general forums can be problematic.
Connecting Aviators® is focused on the needs of general aviation pilots. Join us on our journey as we grow.
We all have connections. But aviators have a special connection with the sky, with modern chariots that fly and with pilots that share the delight in traveling through the heavens. To help pilots expand on those connections, we’ve assembled a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience . We’re now developing pilot to pilot Interactive Aviator Software on native iOS platforms. Connecting Aviators® was officially launched January 2020, powered by wikiWings® research that spanned more than 7-years.
Our software will help pilots find, connect, and share their passion for flying with fellow aviators. General release and availability in the App Store is scheduled for Q1 2021. Beta testing on the first release is scheduled to begin December 2020. If you’d like to participate in beta testing, please let me know.
We’ll post updates on our progress and a dedicated Connecting Aviators® website will go live in the near future.
Jeff Brewer is the Founder of Connecting Aviators® and wikiWings®. He’s enjoyed flying for over 20 years and has more than 1,900 hours of flight time in single and twin-engine planes, including Cirrus Perspective™ Turbo, Cessna 152, 172, 182, Piper Warrior, Archer, Arrow, and Aztec.
I met Elijah Derbecker at a Cirrus Certified Service Center in Houston, Texas. He’s an Airframe & Powerplant certified mechanic and obtained his Inspection Authorization (IA) rating a few years ago. He was a lead mechanic that took care of our Cirrus SR22 airplane.
In February 2019, they were accepted into Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) after he and his wife made a big decision and commitment to become missionaries. They will be serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo but before they get there MAF has a very organized transition program.
It began here in the States and then moved them to France to learn French. They’ve met new friends and are building a strong foundation in a new language. They’ve remained healthy and stayed safe from the COVID-19 global pandemic. Truly, they are on a life-changing journey that will bring help and hope to some of the world’s most isolated people.
I’m glad we connected with them on this journey. It takes a faithful support team willing to stand with them through prayer and financial assistance. Last year, we made that commitment to be on their team. I hope you will also consider supporting the Derbeckers. Just contact give.MAF.org and designate a gift and remember to support them in prayer.
We all have connections. In life, relationships should be our best and most celebrated of connections. But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. Broken relationships are a heartache in life.
By providence, I was blessed with two wonderful parents. They loved each other very much. They worked hard. They enjoyed good times with many friends. And, helped each other through the bad times. They danced really well together. Through it all they stayed together. They expected a lot of me and my brother. They had high standards with fair expectations. They were great mentors to us in our careers. But always Mom and Dad. They loved us.
Seven years ago, Mom passed away in September the month of Dad’s birthday. And, Dad departed 10 years ago, in November the month of Mom’s birthday. I miss them both.
This past week, I traveled back home to Louisville, Kentucky. It had been 7 years since I flew into Bowman field. Both Mom and Dad would meet me there. Home was not far from the airport.
Wednesday morning, I visited Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery where Mom and Dad are buried. It was before 8:00am and the gates had opened early. I entered through the main Cherokee Road entrance, instead of the Grinstead Drive with which I had some familiarity. In the early dawn light and after a number of turns I realized I was lost. The roads bend and criss cross like a maze. It was an unexpected moment which added to my feeling of being alone. Circumstances had led me on this trip by myself without family. A very quiet time for reflection.
Established in 1848, Cave Hill Cemetery is Louisville’s largest, and a botanical garden by design. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. I could see the ground crews were gathering to begin their day’s work. But I wasn’t going to ask them for directions. So, I pulled out my phone and asked Siri. Weird, she knew where I was. And, she had directions to the Grinstead Drive entrance. As my Mom would say, “there were more turns than you could shake a stick at.” From there I recognized enough landmarks to make it to their graveside.
It was a quiet September morning. The air in Kentucky had a fall chill upon it. This moment was prescient and didn’t allow for any interruptions. There are times in life that are a full hard stop. I reflected on the “dash” between the engraved dates. And, I know I was blessed to have Mom and Dad with me through much of my life.
We all have connections to our past which can help us appreciate the connections we have today. To celebrate and value our family, friends and neighbors. To strengthen and support them and mend brokenness in ways we have not yet found. I know we’re living in a post Christian nation, but my hope is still in the best reconciler of relationships, Jesus Christ. The greatest connection we can have of all.
From Cave Hill Cemetery, I took Bardstown Road south back to Bowman field. It’s a short 10-minute drive. My plane was ready. I accepted the Air Devil departure and climbed west back to Houston, Texas with thankfulness to have this time to pilot a modern chariot through God’s beautiful skies. Until that – Last Day.
National Aviation Day is August 19th in the United States to celebrate the development of aviation. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt by the writing of a Presidential proclamation which declared the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day.
Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 and was still alive when the proclamation was first issued. We encourage pilots to observe this week with activities that promote interest in aviation.
GAMA annual report included a section on fractional ownership, and JetNet LLC was the source for the statistics. JetNet’s business model appears to be focused on turbine and helicopter markets. They reported the turbine airplane fleet reached 38,448 and helicopters 31,839 respectively worldwide in 2019. JetNet tracks fractional ownership and but only recorded 860 fractional aircraft ownerships in 2019. The GAMA fractional report implies it’s representative of the entire GA fleet.
Fractional Aircraft and Share Owners 2019
Fractional Share Owners
Source: JetNet LLC
Our hypothesis is the total number of fractional aircraft and fractional share owners in the U.S. and worldwide is unknown. JetNet’s stats imply an average of only 17 fractional aircraft per state in the United States and even less if the assumption is worldwide. Logically, JetNet’s fractional numbers are too low and the reporting is incomplete to be representative of the entire market. The U.S. general aviation fleet has more than 211,000 aircraft.
GAMA and JetNet should clarify how their reported records on 860 fractional aircraft relate to the total U.S. and worldwide general aviation fleet.
U.S. General Aviation Fleet by Aircraft Type
Single-Engine Piston Airplanes
Twin-Engine Piston Airplanes
Jet Powered Airplanes
Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Contribution of GA to U.S. Economy 2018, February 19, 2020
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