I guess cost has to be a significant factor in aircraft ownership, but, for me, there are a great number of benefits to ownership aside from the obvious utility provided by having your own aeroplane. I like the "owning" bit because I feel proud to own my own machine when I'm just an ordinary bloke, especially as I built it 25 years ago. I love maintaining it, I like polishing it, I like the smell of it, that heady mix of petrol, oil, polish, leather, and when combined with the aroma of freshly cut grass, it's aromatic nirvana.
I like to own beatiful things. I love the opportunism of seeing sunshine and blue skies then go flying at a minutes' notice, no booking up, no "flight checks" required. I can't afford to fly in all honesty, and never have been able to, but that's never stopped me yet.
And when, one summers afternoon, perhaps returning from a day in the west country, I gaze down on the green Sussex countryside, and notice the sunshine twinkling on the wingtip as I bank it over, I'm the richest man in the world.