Ever imagine what it would be like to hop into your own plane and take off to wherever you wanted? Seems like something that’s only possible for the select few, doesn’t it? The truth is, this reality is closer than you think. If you’ve ever considered getting your pilot’s license, or if you have your license and have been on the fence about buying your own plane, it’s time to take a look at the benefits of both of these scenarios.
Having your pilot’s license, and access to your own plane presents so many opportunities, for both business and personal use, that would otherwise be impossible. We had a chance to follow up with some of our students to see how they utilize their license and aircraft for business. There are also a variety of personal uses they take advantage of.
Greg Spatz of US Construction originally got into flying looking for a career in aviation. While in school, he majored in business and construction. He quickly realized that if he wanted to have a family and be home with them, an airline pilot wasn’t the way to go, so he turned his focus to construction, and has become a national general contractor.
If you aren’t aware, it is quite common for large, national construction companies to have their own planes. In doing so, you are able to meet with clients and handle site visits in a fraction of the time you would when traveling on a commercial plane. Over the last several years, Greg’s company was able to build a hotel and a Home Depot, both in Jacksonville, and having the plane to make the back and forth trips made the process so much more convenient.
Greg feels that having his pilot’s license is a huge competitive advantage, not only when dealing with clients, but even early on in his career. He explains, “Back when I worked for the biggest home builder in the country, they looked at my resume and said, ‘Man – you’re a commercial pilot?’ It just gives you that much of an advantage over the next person.” When clients discover that he has his license and his own plane, it sets him apart from others that don’t. Aviation has put him ahead of everyone else in every industry.
Of course, Greg says the personal use of the aircraft is an added benefit. You can have lunch in Key West, which he and his wife have done in the past, or spend the afternoon enjoying the birds-eye view. He says, “If my wife says, let’s go over the Bahamas for a couple of days. We don’t have to go through TSA, we drive our car right up the airplane, throw your bags in, and go!” Greg feels such a personal enjoyment in owning his own plane. He explains, “There is no other feeling in the world, to be above everything looking down seeing the beauty, flying through the clouds. It’s just an amazing experience to be able to go out there and do that whenever you want.” He even treated himself to a cross-country trip for his 50th birthday. He flew around the perimeter of the US and stopped to visit the Grand Canyon, the Military Boneyard, and even Mt. Rushmore.
It’s clear that there is no shortage of benefits that come along with having a pilot’s license and a personal aircraft. There are so many ways to use your plane, for both business and personal flights. From giving you a competitive advantage in your job search and running your business more efficiently, to Saturday Breakfast Club and cross-country birthday trips, the opportunities are endless. Hopefully, in the stories these pilots shared, you were able to realize just how possible becoming a pilot with your own aircraft really is. Just think, in a few short months, you could be sharing stories just like these – or even better, creating your own.