Need aircraft oil? There’s always Wal Mart!

November 20, 2009 by Alton K Marsh

The picture of how light sport aircraft reduce the cost of flying is coming into view. I just purchased brake fluid for the AOPA Remos (it’s OURS until you cruelly win it away from us) from Walmart for $2.67. It takes DOT4, auto brake fluid. You’re not even allowed to use aircraft brake fluid. You can do a lot of maintenance on the aircraft yourself with factory training. The sport pilot rating, if you choose to go that way, knocks a minimum of $2,500 off the cost of becoming a pilot compared to the private pilot certificate.

UPDATE: Looks like we will be switching to Aeroshell Sport Plus 4 on the next oil change.

5 Responses to “Need aircraft oil? There’s always Wal Mart!”

  1. Nick Says:

    Ridiculous attempt to try and save face of LSA prices. Truth is, they are still over priced.

  2. Peter Says:

    The cost of the Sport Pilot certificate has lowered the cost of becoming a basic pilot by half. However, what is the point if the cost to buy an LSA is about three times that of an excellent used C172?? And renting an LSA is not any cheaper than a regular aircraft – I can get a C150 for about $60 an hour wet and the nearest LSA is $100 an hour to rent. I hope to eventually instruct in this category, but it is simply impossible to make an honest dime with such outrageous aircraft costs.

    This simple, basic category has been hi-jacked by exorbitantly expensive toys. Maybe ten years from now there will be plenty of worn out, run down LSAs available for something reasonable, but right now I can’t quite see how this whole movement is going to re-vitalize aviation.

  3. Dave Says:

    Aeroshell is now selling Rotax approved oil for the LSA market. One concern when buying motorcycle oil is that they can change the formula at anytime. The Aeroshell is Rotax approved, you don’t have to worry about any formula change that Rotax would not approve of.

    On a side note to previous entry. Have you check out the price for a new Vette or Porshe??? I could have bought one of those 40 years ago for about $10,000 Truth is they are still over priced.

  4. David Savage Says:

    I have you beat for low cost rentals.
    I got my private in 1959 in an Aeronca 7AC. Dual $14.50 – Solo $ 10.00. Revere Airport, just North of Boston ( Closed in 1962 ).
    I was shocked when I went to Brunswick GA in 1962 and was able to rent Champ for $6.00 / hr wet and a Tri-Pacer for $10.00 / hr.
    I owned a Champ for about a year in 1960 / 61 and as I remember, it cost about $3.50/hr to operate (Fuel, Oil, Tie down and some reserve for maint.).
    Now those were the good old days.
    It is ashamed that liability has caused the cost of everything that we do to go Space High (that is way above Sky High).

  5. Bill Vance Says:

    David,
    Good memories! At the risk of “first liar never has a chance”. During the early 70′s I received dual in a 150 at $12.50 and hour and solo at $8.00 an hour both tach and both wet. What was even better was that when I became a big boy (100+ hours) I got to fly one of 5 T-34C’s which were $6.50 an hour wet Hobbs, on an air switch so no cost for ground time. Yes the T-34s were the least expensive planes on the ramp. This was at KBED long before Mass Port restricted late night operations and made it too unreasonable to use anymore.
    Now I own a 172 in MD and I bet I spend more taxing my 172 up to the gas pump then I did for an hour of dog fighting in the T-34!
    I, like may others it seems, do wonder about the cost of the new production LSA’s. $130K+???
    I would love to consider one at some point but I suspect I will end up building something like a Sonex, or maybe an RV-12, or buying a used LSA acceptable plane be it production or experimental.

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