Al Marsh

Want your annual done in Cyprus?

April 29, 2009 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

It’s common knowledge that flying costs more in Europe. That’s why I asked around-the-world trekker Robert Gannon the price of his last annual inspection. It was completed by an American mechanic in Cyprus, recommended by pilots in Lebanon, who once flew in Africa and has an American license. Gannon said the airplane had nothing wrong, except it needed a new beacon lamp. (He made sure it was in tiptop condition before leaving the United States.) The cost of the annual was $2,333.62–a lot more than he is used to at home. Of that, labor was $1,365, an oil filter was $39.37, and 12 quarts of oil was $141.75, or $11.81 per quart. (I just checked the price at an FBO near AOPA headquarters where oil is less than $6 a quart before taxes.) Gannon is headed back to Cyprus May 1 to pick up his airplane and continue to Israel, Crete, Malta, Tunisia, Morocco, the Madeira Islands, back to Morocco, then up into western Europe. Follow him on his Web site.

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One Response to “Want your annual done in Cyprus?”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Huh? How is this an example of an annual costing double? I have paid similar amounts for an annual on a 182 here with similar work being done. Does a near doubling of 12 quarts of oil equal a doubling of the price of the annual?

    This either needs more explanation, or it needs a math editor.

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