Rob P wrote:
TheFarmer wrote:Be careful you don’t sucked into a group where everything is just too over-procedural. It’ll sap your enthusiasm and you’ll end up being a part of ‘washing parties’ and ‘admin evenings’.
They’re generally run by retired types who have little else to do
Surely there are no groups like you describe Farmer?
I have been in and run several groups and can echo what many have said on here, it is the group really that you need to look for, the aeroplane is of secondary consideration.
There are some high performance aeroplanes run by people with serious financial stakes in them and they are (and should be) run like a business - but that has little to do with the vast majority of groups.
For all the groups we had an official agreement, modelled on what the LAA and AOPA had to offer. In addition we agreed some 'rules' at the outset; that is the time to agree these things as everyone is then still very much in love with each other, the aeroplane and the concept.
After that we all got on very well and I very much enjoyed the group ownership, not only did it mean I could enjoy aviation at a different level than hiring but it also brought cameraderie and good times.
IRRC we only once had to refer 'to the rules' when someone wanted to leave and there was some discussion about the value of the share - that was soon settled.