Why PFC — Selection of Aircraft

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FBOs and flight schools have one mission—train pilots and do so profitably. This means that they typically only have aircraft that are suitable for training (e.g. a basic Cessna 172s). Moreover, having a uniform fleet means lower costs, so they typically have only one type of plane (again, typically a basic Cessna 172). While the basic C172 may be great for training, if you are thinking about a real cross country trip, you might want something more. The FBO/flight-school’s focus on profitable pilot training often means that their aircraft are rather stripped down affairs, and their equipment is not always well maintained. Equipment not necessary for flight training—auto-pilots, current GPSs, weather, etc.—are often either not available or inoperable. They simply do not want the expense of installing such equipment in the first place, or want to avoid the expense and down-time associated with proper upkeep.

You might want a little bit more room in the cockpit for the comfort of you and your passengers. You might want glass avionics for better situational awareness. You might want a little bit more payload. You might want a little bit more range, or just a little bit more speed.

We stick to Cessna aircraft because of the reliability of their design and its serviceability (it helps to keep costs down), and because of their legendary predictability and docility in flight.

At PFC we recognize that our members want to use planes for different things. If you want to train for an advanced rating, burn holes in the sky, or travel to an unfamiliar airspace with the situational awareness the latest avionics brings, our new G1000 C172SP is just the ticket. If you want to take your entire family plus some bags in relative comfort or if you are going far, take our G1000 C182T or the Aspen Evolution 2000 PFD&MFD C182Q. In short, you can choose the plane to suit your mission.

89Q_panel68N_panel_smallAll of our aircraft GPS databases are kept up to date by our volunteers and are IFR legal. We offer strikefinders and/or inflight weather capability, as well as auto-pilots in all our aircraft. We have a G1000 equipped C172SP and C182T and have also upgraded our 182Q with a dual Aspen glass panel and STEC 55X autopilot.

We are always exploring ways to improve the versatility of our fleet, but at the same time we try to keep our fleet as uniform as possible. In order to ensure easy transition from one cockpit to the next we strive to make sure that all our aircraft are comparably equipped, and it helps keep the transition to high performance aircraft is as painless as possible. We are constantly exploring new technologies and equipment that might enhance the capabilities and safety of our aircraft, all the while paying close attention to cost-benefit.

While we are cost conscious, one area where we do not skimp is on maintenance and safety. On each flight members add oil as necessary, and squawk any issue however minor. Each plane has its own maintenance team, and the team evaluates each squawk—immediately addressing critical issues, and ensuring that minor squawks are addressed at the next service appointment. We take great pride in having the reputation of keeping a very well maintained fleet.

 

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