April 2015 Issue

OpenAirplane: Rent While Traveling

OpenAirplane says a checkout at just one FBO allows a pilot to rent airplanes from other FBOs across the country. We tried itóit works.

When youíre traveling and want to rent a car, so long as youíre 25 or older, have a drivers license and a credit card, itís a piece of cake. But for airplanes, almost without exception, the reality has been that if you want to do some flying while away from home base, you have to go through the local FBO or flight schoolís checkout to rent one of its aircraft. That means at least two or three hours and $300 before you can take the family for a rideóa pretty daunting obstacle.

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