Bushbaby Running costs

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Bushbaby Running costs

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:00 pm

Hi Guys,

Being new to the LSA end of things, please could you share what it costs you to own a Bushbaby. I am looking at things like:

Fuel (Oil if a 2stroke)
Licensing (ATF etc)

Any other hidden things that you could point out also appreciated by the newbie

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Re: Bushbaby Running costs

Unread post by stefan » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:11 pm

Hangarage probably about R1200/m
Insurance - 2-4% of the aircraft value/year
Fuel, engine dependent- 13-20liter/hr
Typical service is fuel, oil, filters, plugs and maybe some odss and ends but will depend on the type of engine as 2 strokes differ from 4 strokes but on average a 2 stroke needs to be looked at every 25 hours and the 4 stroke every 50 or 100 hours depending on engine.
ATF - RAASA/CAA fees R200
Proper MPI - R2000-R3000/year
Overall the cost of ownership should be less than R500/hr including fuel, oil and maintenance, replacement, etc but once again dependent on factors like hours flown/year, 2 or 4 stroke etc.
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Re: Bushbaby Running costs

Unread post by fosterb » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:20 am

Thanks for the reply Stefan, been wondering about this myself.

If we put a low usage of about 50 hrs a year and being a mid-time two-stroke? (worst case scenario..)

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