I'm not a pilot yet. I am studying and taking lessons. A friend of mine is a commercial pilot and he got me interested in taking lessons. Unless you fly a lot or have loads of money, owning an airplane is not a good idea. My friend recommends getting into a joint ownership for an airplane, aka a partnership. You can get more airplane for your money and the maintenance costs are shared. You may be interested to know that many of the rental airplanes are not owned by an FBO but are privately owned. Private owners will contract with an FBO to rent their airplanes out. It helps defray costs.