I’ve been flying for 24+ years... started out getting my PPL, got hired by the Air National Guard and then the airlines. I’ve dabbled in GA flying a little (always with an instructor) but am determined to make it a regular occurance now that the money obstacle isn’t an issue. My problem seems to be finding the time... I have a friend who is providing instruction in her airplane, but she’s an airline pilot too. Our schedules just don’t match up very often. There also don’t seem to be many flying clubs near me (a few, but not many... I live near Doylestown/Quakertown, PA). I’m considering an airplane purchase... I’m just not at all sure I’ll use it enough to justify the purchase (did I mention I was back flying for the Air national Guard, too?). My thought is that if I have it, I’ll use it.. and if I have to rent it/schedule it I won’t. Anyone in the eastern PA area have insight into flying clubs that I don’t have to drive over an hour to... or thoughts about how to get back into GA flying a little easier?
As far as justifying the cost, you will never be able to do that. It's not a business, it's a way of life that we who fly have in our blood. We get (got) paid to do it and we pay to do it. My advice...Buy it.