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Asked by: Larry Shaw
General Aviation, Private Pilot, Student Pilot
I have a great opportunity to purchase a Commander 112b. I do not have a private pilot certificate. Can I get my private in my new plane?
Wes Beard on Apr 12, 2013
You can. I would caution that it may overwhelm you and the CFI would have to give you a high performance and complex endorsement before you solo.
Then again, if you are willing to take the steeper learning curve there is something to be said about training in the aircraft you are going to fly. It will take you longer to solo and get your license.
Insurance requirements may not allow a student pilot to solo the aircraft. Something to talk about with your insurance broker.
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on Apr 12, 2013
Wes, Thank You.
on Apr 14, 2013
As mentioned by Wes, check with insurance BEFORE you purchase this airplane in order to make sure it fits into your budget (unless you are self insuring).
Make sure there is a CFI who can teach you in this airplane in your area. Insurance will probably have some requirements. Insurance should not be a major show stopper for the CFI, but double check your area.
Fly the airplane to ensure you do, in fact, like it.
Have a very good pre-buy done on the airplane. There is a bunch of information on the internet about prepurchase of airplane. DO NOT take “fresh annual” as meaning the airplane is in any way in good condition. Get a good third party mechanic who understands the type to look it over. Get a title search. Etc. Treat this as if you are purchasing a home. Look for reason NOT to purchase this airplane. If you can’t find any, then it is probably a good purchase.
I concur with Wes. I have known pilots to do this. It takes them longer to solo (and finish their private), but they finish with intimate knowledge of their airplane.
David Brown on Apr 16, 2013
Just remember why these particular aircraft are often a “good deal”.
Do your homework. Do not get buyers blindness is what I am saying.
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