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Does anyone run their own finances with Flight sim?

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I don't care what flight simulator you use.

 

I'm would like to know if anyone keeps track of their own finances outside of their flightsim?

 

I don't mean using FSPassengers, FSEconomy or AirHauler or any of those programs. I find them to be extremely unrealistic.

 

Let me know.

 

Thanks

 

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At first I thought you meant keeping track of the actual finances involved with the hobby (buying addons, etc) and was thinking lord no ........ I'd be in too much trouble if they ever got found by the missus!

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I thought you meant.............actually I'm lost

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I guess I'm kind of curious as to how one would go about doing that. Presumably you'd have to know the operating cost of the aircraft or something or....now I'm lost....

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You can figure fuel costing around $4-7 a gallon for 100LL and $4-7 for JetA the price varies a lot. At my local airport 100LL is $3.80 a gallon I flew to Birmingham yesterday and it was $6.25 a gallon

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Fuel, insurance, etc.

 

I think I'll have to wait for AirHauler v2.

 

I was hoping for SimAir by Rex but that went downhill.

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Well when I fly somewhere I log my fuel in at each destination. Whenever I load up the next flight I start with that much fuel and fill up to what I need for the flight I am about to start. I look at the current fuel prices for the airport and FBO I am at and log how much I fill and how much it cost. Each month I add it up as an expense.

 

I only started doing this because I have been following the PGA Tour schedule every week with a BE60 Turbine Duke and a BBJ2 and was curious what the fuel expense was for this tour. It has made FSX a lot more fun and immersive for me. I even try to load up on fuel at airports which have cheap fuel when I am flying to somewhere where it is considerably more. In addition I have adopted procedures such as single engine taxi when needed to cut costs.

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I still don't get it?

 

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lol

 

I get it now,  didn't last night. 

 

Fuel, insurance, etc.

 

I think I'll have to wait for AirHauler v2.

 

I was hoping for SimAir by Rex but that went downhill.

I have to say Brian its something i have never even thought of Or even thought of doing,   its very interesting i have to say.

 

 

 

Well when I fly somewhere I log my fuel in at each destination. Whenever I load up the next flight I start with that much fuel and fill up to what I need for the flight I am about to start. I look at the current fuel prices for the airport and FBO I am at and log how much I fill and how much it cost. Each month I add it up as an expense.

I'm really showing my innocence here but that's fascinating stuff Brett 

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I wonder if something like QuickBooks (an Accounting Package) would be usable?  Or maybe even Quicken if your just doing personal use.

 

There are probably  software for small operations; of course, you don't say if you want it for  personal or cargo or passenger.

 

Well here http://www.thirtythousandfeet.com/soft.htm

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Doesn't FSeconomy give you all of those every flight?

 

Actually if you buy a plane inside FSeconomy you can print out every bean you ever spent on it including servicing

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yes, FSE does lots of stuff like that.

 

However, flying is severely limited in FSE.

 

I like simulating airplane rides and sightseeing tours (flying around Golden Gate bridge, etc). While technically you CAN do that in FSE it will not recognize it as a means to generate income. I would like to be able to generate income from those type of flights.

 

The biggest offense FSE does in my opinion is the fact that income is per seat and not based on the hour as in the real world.

For example in FSE if I load up one passenger I might make say $450 gross depending on how far they are traveling. So if I load up three passengers I will now make $1350 for the same trip. This is not how real-world charters work. You would pay $x per hour depending on the plane used no matter if there is one, two or three or more passengers in your plane. And that brings up another thing I don't like about FSE. That price is the same no matter if I'm flying that passenger in a C172 or on a Citation X. In the real world, this would NOT be the case.

 

Many other things as well.


I've worked on iterations of this in the past, and it has always turned out to be a monster in the end. Meaning it is so much work that I do more paperwork than actual flying. That's funny, that is probably more real life than what I realize.

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