Congratulations to new member David Straka for the high flight hour tally of 9.7 for the month of March. March was one brutal month…hopefully we will have many good flying days ahead.
Don’t forget our web sight of www.aeroinvestorslc.com. We would like to see the forum get much more active.
Be super careful with our reservation system as better weather should cause things to get busy. There is not much more infuriating than seeing an aircraft in the hangar that the system indicated it was being used.
The Beloved “Hobbs” Meter
We are all very familiar with the Hobbs meter as just about everything in aviation goes by the Hobbs hours. Hobbs is a generalized trademark for products generically called “Engine Hour Meters”. Probably the main purpose is to keep track of hours on the aircraft engines and the maintenance involved preventing untimely landings. Every pilot records (or is supposed to record) their flight hours based on the Hobbs meter.
However, there is a negative side to the almighty Hobbs meter as it causes pilots to DO THE MATH. Pilots add all the expenses of flying for a year then divide by the number of hours flown. Then they conclude flying is very expensive.
But, you put a Hobbs meter in any motorized vehicle and you would be very surprised. Let’s use as an example a boat. You just purchased a boat that contains a Hobbs meter. You then keep track of the expenses of fuel, oil changes, insurance, winter storage fees, fall and spring maintenance, repairs, depreciation reserves, engine overhauls, etc. Then you divide that total by the number of actual hours you spent boating as indicated on the Hobbs meter. Yes, you DID THE MATH and then you would immediately sell the boat.
Conclusion…don’t DO THE MATH…just enjoy flying. It’s cheaper than boating.
Remember, any squawks, please call Tim Stark of Jackson Aero (780-0343) and prompt actions will be taken