One of my primary students is plane shopping

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He has about 13 hours in my PA-12 so far. But needs his own plane.
We thought he had an experimental PA-18 lined up, but the engine was shot. Then he thought he had a Pacer lined up but the seller decided not to sell.
So I am helping him look around for an affordable first plane.
I think a nice Champ would be the way to go..
 

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It all turns on the definition of "affordable": On my daily constitutional this morning, I saw 3 Pipers (-18, -12, -20?) for sale at Lake Hood as well as a Champ type. The -12 and -18 were both in the 155 - 170k range...didn't look closely at the others.

Has he provided a price range?
 

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WOW.........guess the days of purchasing a "New" PA-18-150 for high teens to mid twenties is "Gone". So likely are the days of intentionally crashing in a location just to harvest an animal.
 

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WOW.........guess the days of purchasing a "New" PA-18-150 for high teens to mid twenties is "Gone". So likely are the days of intentionally crashing in a location just to harvest an animal.
You haven't been able to buy a super cub in the teens to twenties for a long, long time. Unless it was all balled up, and even then...
 

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You haven't been able to buy a super cub in the teens to twenties for a long, long time. Unless it was all balled up, and even then...

New or less then 125 hours in the mid 80's $23,000.00 to $24,500.00 depended on the time of the year. Mid to late 70's upper teens to very low twenties. Seems like only yesterday but you are right that was 35-40 years ago.
 

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New or less then 125 hours in the mid 80's $23,000.00 to $24,500.00 depended on the time of the year. Mid to late 70's upper teens to very low twenties. Seems like only yesterday but you are right that was 35-40 years ago.

Yep, but with inflation in both incomes and other purchases, it’s not all that different. In the 80s an average house in Anchorage was 100k, now it’s 300-400k. Airplanes are stupid expensive now, but they weren’t all that cheap back then either.
 

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Perhaps the student has moved on, but I've recently heard of a couple of -12's close to FBKS for $60k or so as well as a PA-22 for under $50K. None were pretty but all "subject to inspection" were advertised as airworthy. The craft I heard about are in various stages of the sale process...so I can't point to availability, but maybe the looming change of season will be driving prices down....or maybe major flaws will be found upon inspection....
 
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