Retiring an aircraft out of service is a complicated decision, but for some, it’s a welcome moment. Let’s take a look at some of the most impressive uses for aircraft that have left the sky for good.
For many, aviation is about freedom. Whether it’s for work or for play, general aviation grants unparalleled opportunities to access locales that would otherwise be out of reach. In this “Fly To:” we are visiting the artist and ski town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We discuss how to fly there, what to do, when to go and where to stay in this enchanting city.
Aircraft frequently outlive the manufacturer life estimates, sometimes by multiple decades. This is great news for owners and operators who are looking to stretch their investment and helps maintain lower cost options in the used marketplace. However, as some of these aircraft approach 40+ years of faithful service, the shadow of retirement grows larger. So what happens if you’re holding onto an aircraft that is ready to make its last flight? How do you know it’s time? Let’s take a look.