Purchasing the Wingster Airplane – Update
Purchasing an airplane can be really stressful and incredibly rewarding at the same time. When you narrow down the model of airplane you are looking for, you are going to meet people with similar interests. This is not something I thought of before, but it seems to be that every airplane I look at, I like the owner. I am meeting people that share my passion for the Cessna 195 and everything it stands for.
The Cessna 195 is grass roots aviation. It was built between 1947 and 1954 and there were less than 1200 ever produced. Anyone buying one of these airplanes, 60 years after it was built, is buying it for the pure love of grass roots aviation.
Just today I inquired about a 195 located in Minnesota, after talking to the owner for 30 minutes I told him I wanted to come fly it. I started looking into airfare which was going to cost me $800 when he emailed to offer me a “buddy pass” on the airline he flies for. I know that he wants to sell his airplane but this is above and beyond the responsibilities of a seller. When I fly out there on a buddy pass I am flying on his name and reputation, with no indication I am even capable of buying his airplane. After talking to me for 30 minutes he obviously felt comfortable with me as a person and was willing to extend a gracious hand.
Before talking to the owner of this particular airplane I was given the names of a few people in the industry I should talk to. Again, I was given time and information because I called and asked about the 195, not because I wanted to buy a widget or sign up for some service. They gave me their knowledge and advice because they care about people that care about grass roots aviation.
What an incredibly rewarding process.