“Planes are like houses,” Courtland Savage explains. “They hold value like houses and they’re sturdy like houses as well.” Savage, former navy pilot, and current commercial airline pilot runs Fly for the Culture, which offers free flying lessons for minority kids as well as mentorship for future pilots. His work is to diversity and inclusion, and if anyone knows what it takes to get up in the air, and what it costs to run a flight operation, it’s him.
I always wonder what, exactly, it costs to run the little Cessnas that dot America’s airstrips and local airports. As it turns out, the costs are not exactly what I expected.