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NOTE

While this guide does discuss the rules for owning and flying a certified aircraft, it is not legislative. Ensure that you read and understand the current CARs and know your complete obligations as an aircraft owner and pilot.

Note on Links: Blue links in this COPA Guide will lead you to external webpages and places within the Guide itself. Green links will take to you pages in the “Members Only” section of the COPA website. Your membership number and last name “all in capital letters” are required for access to these pages.

Selecting A Plane

Finding the right aircraft type is probably the most fun part of the process of buying a new or used certified aircraft!

It can be argued that there are two ways to choose a design that will suit you the Scientific Method and the Emotional Method. Both work equally well, depending on the person involved.

The “Scientific Method” usually involves starting with a list of “aircraft criteria”. This is a possible list of what you might consider:

  • Number of Seats

  • Useful load

  • Full fuel payload

  • Cruise Speed

  • Runway requirements

  • Rate of Climb

  • Range

  • Endurance

  • STOL capabilities

  • Aerobatic Capabilities

  • IFR suitability

This method could also consider some other “non aircraft performance” criteria as

well:

  • Total cost of the aircraft, including:

    • o

      Purchase price COPA Guide to Certified Aircraft

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