Air Superiority

What's the primary weapon of war? Propaganda, of course.

But what the second most important? And the third?

In the 20th century, the second most important weapon was the airplane. It gave governments air superiority at a time when the common man was only just getting onto the road.

For the common man, in the 21st century, the sky is the new freeway. In a time of income inequality, the common man can't be expected to compete against the learjet when his feet are pumping the brakes in big city traffic congestion.

In 2019, I believe air superiority remains second only to propaganda in its importance.

Just as the ordinary hand axe once opened up a new world of possibilities in the ancient world, setting men free from their enslavement to the high-paid brutes by allowing him to cut through flesh, wood, and become a master of new territories, the freeway-loving motor car opened up a world of undreamed freedom to the 20th century motorist.

A a place like California, a man could drive his family to the beach, and take them skiing in the mountains the same day. A man had choices and power and the respect of his loved ones when he had a motor car.

When a man turned 16 and got into a car, he had sudden access to unfathomable freedom. A chariot of incomparable capability. He had a command of the open roadway.

And the car and roadway served him and obeyed him, and took him where he needed to go, even at the slightest whim. Whatever his fancy. As long as he could fill up his tank, he was free.

We're not in the 20th century anymore. After 50 years of experimentation, the roadways opened to the common man. And after more than 50 years of experimentation, as prices have fallen, the sky has opened up to us. The new roadway for the common man is heaven itself.

In the past and present, wars are won by the man who controls the sky. All those on the road are at the mercy of the airborne.

The superior man has air superiority.

This makes the aerial vehicle the second most important weapon of war, and this has been true for more than a century.

This shift from ground to air is every bit as important as the shift from horses to automobiles.

It's important enough that it's time we spent some time on selecting which weapons the common man will use to fight evil from the air.

Online video is teaching a generation of men what their options are. With all the choice in the world, there is about to be an explosion of interest in air vehicles, because, as you'll see in this article, the difference in speeds and efficiency isn't nearly as small as you think.

The differences between the slow, sluggish, expensive, labor-intensive, filthy, road travel, and smooth, direct, speedy, thrifty flight are absolutely mind-boggling.

People think airplanes are expensive, especially when they burn more fuel per mile. Not so, with all costs considered.

In 100 hours in your own plane, you can cover the same ground as a car travelling 37,700 miles, at a tiny fraction of the cost per mile.

It stands to reason that if you can handle 3 times as many appointments on your schedule, you can make 3 times as much money. Well, modern airplanes don't just travel 3 times faster than cars. They can cover a lot more ground.

With all the stops and starts, even if 90% of your miles are on the freeway, you might average 45 miles per hour on a long day trip.

So what you have is a vehicle which is capable of freeway speeds, but only achieves 45 miles per hour in the "real world." If you've got a longer trip, you've got to stop for the night. Guess what happens as soon as you do?

You've got gas, hotel, and you need at least 12 hours to take a break from the road each day. This means your 45 mile per hour speed is less than half. Really.

Let's say you cover 360 miles in 8 hours. Then you should probably rest for 12 to 16 hours. I'm not saying you will, but you probably should. Especially if you plan to make a habit of driving to your appointments. But if you're hired for the job, maybe it's worth it. You wouldn't do it otherwise.

But a traveling salesman, for example, especially a skilled one, can make a lot more money when he hires himself to do the job of selling, instead of paying himself to do become a truck driver for 8 hours a day. It's expensive to travel. That's why smarter salesman use the phone to set appointments instead of prospecting by  knocking on doors.

Traveling is such a big, hairy deal, that mathemeticians have a problem computers have always had difficulty solving. It's called the "traveling salesman problem." How do you plan a tour of 80 cities across America? Carefully. Because doing it right can save you thousands of miles of driving.

Politicians have the same problem when campaigning for just one office: The presidency. A problem facing the traveling salesman EVERY DAY.

I'd say a typical salesman is therefore more qualified to understand traveling better than the POTUS.

We're looking at problems AI still can't solve.

We're quickly coming to a time when AI is moving from the 3rd, to 2nd, to first in importance (after propaganda and air superiority).

What it's used for is to more perfectly shape the opinions of the masses, to deceive them more perfectly, with lies and half-truths and advertisements more perfectly tailored to each individual, just as the Bible predicted. That we'd face a time of deception so powerful, even the elect would be deceived, if it were possible.

Air power is about weapon selection. Which plane will you fly?

We're living in a time of post-libertarian, post-anarchist thought. We're not innocent anymore. We don't believe we're better off with freedom of the fakenews journalism. It's a post-freedom world in which we recognize we don't have any, unless we fight for it.

If we must fight, we must be effective. If we're to be effective, we must master mass persuasion, dominate the air and the algorithms.

Just as Henry Ford and Adolf Hitler democratized the roads with affordable, reliable cars, it's time for a new Ford and a new Hitler to democratize the air and decentralize air power for the common man.

It's almost shirking one's duty not to participate in the grand movement to decentralize air power.

In times to come, I believe every sensible Christian soldier will be able to drop leaflets and truth bombs, and truth nukes from the clouds, to rain down fire and brimstone from above. To join Jesus and all his saints to return to the world with judgment, with power and great glory from heaven.

But in the meantime, what we need is the airborn equivalent to the bump stock.

A grass-roots innovation from the people. For the people. A hack. A work-around designed to bypass idiotic, incompetent, and destructive government regulations designed to stall the return of authoritian rule.

The Constitution, as we can see it today, is the legalization of lawlessness. Not the implementation of the law. But a centralized defender of globo-homo elites, a great big bully working at the expense of the ordinary worker to pick his pocket.

Whatever it once was, that's what it now is. Within the Declaration of Independence are the seeds of its own destruction. It's a band aid that's worn out. One that traps more filth than it keeps out. The enlightenment itself is just a used-up tampon.

All these whinings about human rights are merely the excuses of the weak, the runts of the litter practicing their godless idolotry and indulging in every wicked thing.

Something greater comes from the common sense and know-how of the people, that bypasses the rules of the fops, the faint-hearted, the rich bitches protecting their children from reality, and a new day dawns that strikes terror in the heart of the lawless infiltrator corrupting our religious roots, and shines light on their lawless endeavors.

With phrasing like that, it's hard to imagine any of my contemporaries, living in such a truthless time would have any clue about the importance of raining down death from above.

But at the moment of truth, it's crucial that the truth wins over the death, decay, disease, and darkenss that's held a rainbow-colored commie boot on the neck of the productive worker.

Their unmanned homodrones, flying at 30,000 feet, can kill off your babies in the blink of an eye while you sit powerless on the ground, trapped on all sides by sheeple and their cars.

Seems like a prudent thing would be something able to intercept these kinds of anti-American enemy dones doing the will of the communists and render them inoperable, even when, and especially when the U.S. government, in its faithful service to Satan, dispatches its Apaches and Tomohawks and anything else to protect its fleet of done assassins.

And if we ain't there yet, we will be. It might not happen soon, but it will happen quickly.

Moses said to drop rocks on the sodomites. 12,000 feet seems like a good altitude to start doing that. If and when there's a time and a place for such things.

Ahem. When Americans find their balls. Which will be in no less than ten thousand years, of course. But Moses wasn't in real a hurry to win. He was just making sure he'd win in the end. Why else do you think God picked him?

What kind of air power do you need?

Well, for businessmen, Spirit Airlines is always an option. Coach class. We all gotta start somewhere.

And instead of rocks, we could drop a little facts. Our enemies call this hate. But when you love people enough to preach the loving words of our city-crushing, world-drowning, earth-burning Father in heaven,

Sermon on the mount. There's a whole lot of mountains to sermonize from. Camels are a very tempting mode of transportation, from an efficiency standpoint.

But when Jesus returns in a multitude of his saints, he's going to be coming in like manner as he left. He was taken up in the clouds. In the same way, he'll be coming back.

So let's talk about airplanes.

There's new technology on the horizon. Things you can fly yourself, more or less safely, quickly, and efficiently, with or without a license, with or without a pilot.

I like the idea of an American lone wolf pilot, completing his 40 hours of training, able to hop into a barnstormer, maybe a kit plane and fly air support missions for his brothers protesting against injustice.

A multitude is fearsome. All the more so with angels over his shoulder. The reign of Christ will expand forever. This implies our soldiers will be ever better equipped. Not gradually disarmed, like the British.

Why give air power to the common man?

Why give them freeways and cars? Why give them housing and schooling?

When the middle class is mobilized, it can attend our rallies in huge numbers. The grateful dead had people traveling by bus.

A mode of transportation that caps out at 330 miles per gallon per passenger on a 60-seater bus, limited to freeway speeds, at best.

Our Fuhrer's volkswagen was a gift to the people. Henry Ford gave us the model T. An affordable vehicle for the common man. Half a year's salary would pay for it, so he's not in debt to the bank. Car companies figured out they'd sell more cars and make more money by providing financing options to their customers. This is why there's such a thing as Chevy Financing, for example. When the bank turns you down, or can't provide a competitive rate, the factory has a greater interest (a larger profit motive) in getting that car sold anyway than the bank does.

Never forget factory financing. Moses told you about that, too. The rules of lending start off with "you will lend and not borrow." That's a goal. You're a lot richer once you reach it.

And borrowing a little, especially from your Christian neighbor, can sometimes help you reach phenomenal altitudes. Especially if you pick the right tool for the job.

If you're in a car or plane that gets you to work so you can make good money and pays for itself, you're in good shape.

Math shows a plane doesn't have to cost more than an SUV. And some are about as fuel efficient. They just get you there faster.

It doesn't take much longer to get a pilot's license than a car license. The learning curve is about the same. The safety is about the same. You have fewer places you can start or stop each leg of a trip, with 25,000 airstrips or so, but what you lose in flexibility, you gain in speed.

In the near future, you'll be able to take off from your back yard and land anywhere without power lines.

Actually, faster, flexible, fuel-efficient, nearly VTOL travel is already here in something called a paramotor. No airstrip required. By cutting out the starts and stops and zig-zagging, you cut out at least 20% to 30% of the inefficiency of using roads. There's no bumper-to-bumper. No stop and go, so a paramotor capable of 50 miles per hour over ground is going to get somewhere as fast as a car traveling 60 to 70 miles per hour.

50 miles per hour isn't the upper limit for paramotors. With a tail wind, at an efficient altitude, 90 miles per hour over ground is possible and routine.  As a human being who needs important things like oxygen and atmospheric pressure, you're limited to what altitude you can access, or else you'd be able to take advantage of the jet stream, like some weather balloons and high altitude aircraft do.

In the near future, if the FAA approves it, you'll have all the near-VTOL (no airstrip needed) capability of a paramotor, helicopter, hot air balloon, zepplin, etc. without sacrificing much speed.

To strip away the airstrip-limitation inherent in most popular flyers like the good, old-fashioned aluminum-hull Cessna 172, you need to start doing some intelligent and creative things.

Creative and air don't always go well together. The death toll suddenly spikes when you get interesting ideas that involve any amount of altitude. Like base jumping, for instance.

It's a good idea. It's got just one problem. You're headed in the wrong direction.

I'll start by admitting that rocket engines do exist. I know. You want to be a rocket man.

But so far, they're still really expensive, really suck at economical sustained flight, and they're built to explode or get thrown away when they get somewhere. This is changing, which is good. But mere mortals are still limited to two options at the moment, with rocketry for the common man being somewhat over the horizon, rather than being on it.

Have no doubt. One day, a rocket army will rise up to speak truth to power and name the nose goblins. But today ain't that day. We're a humble, sub-sonic people, petitioning for a redress of grievances.

So we've got propellers and jets.

Jet engines are the only option when you absolutely, positively MUST go 500+ miles per hour (although elitist pilots inadvertently put up an impassibly high cement wall of gobbledy-gook speak for newbies by talking about knots instead of miles per hour, miles per gallon, and comparing planes to the ground speed of vehicles).

If you're not overly concerned about fuel economy, jets can travel 500+ miles per hour. Sometimes, you really need it. Long trips, when your time becomes valuable, people wait much too long to start hopping on planes accross the country.

And when they do, the bank-owned modern government deliberately slows them down. Mainly so they won't do what Fair Use needs them to do, I'm sure. They saw what the Nazis achieved in politics once they had air power.

What Hitler did with a propeller-plane makes the homosexual's anus pucker at the thought of what the masses will do when they've got jets in their back yard.

But fuel economy is a factor. A barrier. With aircraft designers growing old and dying before the truth is made known.

To make an apples-to-apples comparison, you have to know just how slow your car really is. To fully appreciate the awesome glory of arriving 3,000 miles away in about 4 hours, you have to know just how long it takes to get somewhere by road or airport.

You also have to factor in the total trip time. For every trip, you have to pack. Nobody factors in the time it takes to pack for a trip, but it's a real cost.

A frequent flyer also has to go shopping before a trip. This is a hidden cost of flying. For example, when transitioning from Delta to Spirit, I had to get a smaller personal item bag, which is a lot smaller than a carry-on bag. This means hopping in the car, driving to the store, and grabbing a smaller bag that I can use on a longer trip.

Why longer? Because Spirit doesn't fly where I want to go. It flies NEAR the places I want to go. This is another hidden cost in all air travel. An airplane never takes you to your destination. It takes you to a region. The rest is up to you. Good luck.

You also need to book your flight from the airport to get the best prices. That's another round trip in a car from the airport. And at a minimum, you're looking at a greyhound ticket or uber, or some combination of those things to arrive at your final destination.

It's because of all these hidden costs that I very seriously consider all other efficient alternatives. And I don't just mean Delta airlines.  I consider using mountain goats as pack animals, camels and mules. I consider hot air balloons. And I also consider getting a high-paid job to pay for a plane that takes me much farther, much faster than any airlines ever could.

I even consider the unthinkable: Getting a square job and waiting in the airport for an over-priced, slug-paced air travel like all the schmucks who can't do math, buy lottery tickets, and don't value their time or freedom, simply following the masses over the cliff because that's where everyone else is going.

Sheep do this. Sheep were the original lemmings. No further explanation needed there, right? The Bible makes a lot more sense when you realize Jesus is calling us a bunch of stupid lemmings following the wolves in lemming's clothing to disaster.

This is why the mass-suicidal behavior of sheep is kept a secret in our modern society. And it's why intelligent people don't follow the sheep.

Humans are mass suicide machines, just like lemmings and sheep. Following the crowd to their doom. Every expert in ANY subject inherently knows this about people the instant they study LITERALLY ANY SUBJECT in any greater depth than a thimble-ful of water. Which is more than enough depth for the common man to drown in, so shallow is his understanding.

Don't worry. The masses never read this far in a blog post without pretty pictures of Kim Kardashians booty-liciousness, so they won't be offended.

You can't make an intelligent choice of the selection of transportation methods without being able to accurately compare things. If you are comparing a car to a plane, maybe you haven't defined the problem correctly.

When you plan any trip, you're actually starting to economize a year in advance. Or at least months in advance. If not months, you'd better economize weeks in advance, or you're screwed. Why?

Because the cost of airfare spikes to five thousand dollars if you don't buy your tickets in advance, if you don't comparison shop for the right flight, airline, and day of travel, if you aren't careful about packing light, if you don't choose the right flight, if you have to book at the last minute. If you get any detail wrong, you're left stranded, as I've frequently been, because my purpose in life isn't handling day-to-day problems while sleep deprived and broke, but in solving lifestyle problems like I'm doing in this article, or questining the orthodoxy of traveling anywhere at all.

It's useful and wonderful to be able to get where you need to be, but it always carries an expense. And when I complain, I like to complain in the most productive possible fashion.

I don't want to solve my own problem. I want to solve an intractable problem for millions of people.

The FAA and the TSA accomplish exactly the same goal. Keeping you "safe" by killing so much of your irreplaceable time it forces you to strongly consider even deadlier forms of ground transport.

The government is conspiring to kill you, slow you down in order to protect its own interests. So it can pretend to protect you from dangerous activities like hurling yourself around the world on an unproven airplane with unvetted, unscreened passengers.

Too dangerous. Better to sit next to Ahmed and Mohammed and hope you don't offend Allah by blurting out something racist in your sleep while on a long, sardine-packed, multi-day bus trip. The train is also an option, but not on the East Coast of the US. Europe is a little kinder to train travelers, and tend not to park you on the track for a day or two while waiting for 100+ cargo trains to move cheap Chinese goods between Florida and Manhattan, or whatever.

Amtrack never warned me about the day or two I'd be delayed. There was no hint of it on the website. Just as Greyhound never told me I'd be meeting a white girl seeking medical help for a kidney problem in another state who was stuck in an African-American jammed Atlanta bus station without sleep for 6 consecutive days. I could see why she couldn't get any sleep around them. I dozed right off, of course, since I was wearing the armor of God.

Thanks to the way the financial system had suddenly changed since I'd planned the trip, I wasn't pull off something as intelligent as renting a car. In the past, I've been able to buy a vehicle at the end of a flight, ride it around for a week and sell it again for less than the cost of car rental.

Which leaves me with a truly insane-sounding method of air travel aimed at solving almost all these problems once and for all. And I don't care if it's slow. It's faster than getting knifed on a bus, in a bus station, in an airport or anywhere else I've been stuck while trying to get somewhere.

And because it's actually faster and more fuel-efficient than driving, making it serious competition for the airlines, including pre-purchased tickets on Spirit Airlines, even with the member's discount.

But the real reason to consider REALLY alternate modes of transportation is the flexibility.

The fact of the matter is that the flying car for the common man is already here. But nobody knows it. And nobody quite appreciates what it is because they're doing an apples-to-oranges comparison.

When they're comparing it to a car's road speed, or to a airplane's air speed, it simply doesn't make any sense. The only way it makes sense is when you calculate the actual time it takes to get somewhere.

For short enough trips, there's a vehicle (or two) that beats the bike, the car, the bus, the commercial airlines, and even the private jet in fuel economy, time to arrive at destination, and it's proven safe and suitable for cross-country trips. On a per-mile basis, it's roughly as safe as a car.

Where people really screw themselves over is by calculating hours of safety, rather than safety per mile. The car is a death trap, killing thousands of John Denvers left and right. You're more likely to die on your way to the airport than on the trip to your destination. Commercial aire is safe. Maybe too safe. It's making all the wrong trade-offs for the sake of women and children.

IMO, you're better off in a freedom machine that lets you do what you want to do, killing one out of ten people per lifetime. But a machine that lets you accomplish ten lifetimes worth of stuff as a result, with ten times the paycheck as a reward.

Sound fair enough?

Imagine ten times more rallies. Imagine being ten times better prepared for each one. Imagine ten times more people can go.

Is it a gyroplane uses half the fuel of a helicopter and travels twice as fast as a paramotor. It's a real contender. If you wanted to plot your options on a graph, those two options would be very close together, with the hot air balloon and zepplin very close to it.

Our variables can't be plotted on a chart. We've got to consider all cost, payments, fuel efficiency, speed, maintenance, flexibility, and the total time it takes to arrive at our destination.

If you call me up and need me 100 miles away, 200 miles away, 500 miles away and 3,000 miles away, how long does it take me to get there, and how much will it cost for the trip, and how much energy will I have left to help you once I've arrived?

If I drive 3,000 miles and back, I've spent quite a bit on gas. But it's also time for an oil change or two. I've also added 6,000 miles to the car, which depreciates its value considerably, especially if it's a new car. I'm 3,000 miles closer to replacing the new tires I have to put on for the trip. There are other maintenance items I'm 6,000 miles closer to needing. In addition, I've done 4 days of full-time work each way, if I'm only doing 8 hour days of driving. If you calculate all this at 45 cents per mile, a cost which varies by car, you've got a $1,350 trip.

But I've also added 8 working days to my schedule.

What's the value of 8 days of my time which can't be spend doing anything else but driving, 6,000 miles of wear on my car, hotel costs if I want a shower, food costs if I have to stop along the way, and so on?

Let's say I value my time at a mere $15 an hour (minimum wage in some states, not counting medical, dental, and vision benefits and social security, insurance, unemployment and LNI any employer would pay if I took a job at that rate.  (In which case, we're a $15 an hour man is really costing closer to $25 or $30 an hour).

An 8-day drive costs 8 hours per employee. A $15 per hour employee actually costs $25 per hour.

$25 x 8 days x 8 hours equals $1600 plus expenses like food, lodging, spending time away from family and the huge honey-do list that simply can't get done while on the road.

(I've got plenty of spreadsheets on the subject.)
In addition, there are living creatures back home that must be fed and cared for without me. To replace a guy like me for one weekend takes a dog walker & sitter, a house-sitter, a baby sitter, a cook, a repair man, a counselor, an Uber driver and maybe even a coach or personal trainer.

When you're required to work away from home, you're going to require food, lodging, and access to all kinds of basic services, all of which come at luxury prices to provide convenience for the traveler. Plus tax.

It adds up fast.

In other words, you can't just throw me out into the cold by myself and pay me fifteen bucks an hour, even if you set up an apartment for me.

I still need someone to come and clean and/or fix the sink if you're not paying me to fix it myself. 

If I'm going to fix things when they break, I can just stay at home and do that. I'm going to want to call and get help with electrical, or any of a thousand other specialized services I'd take for granted if I'm living in a city.  Someone to give me first aid if I stub my toe. Or give me CPR until the paramedics arrive. Services. I incur all those risks and costs. In a hazardous environment, I get hazard pay. If I take a job in Detroit or on Kodiak island or on a crabbing boat in the North Pacific, I'd better be compensated for the risk.

I'm not complaining or advocating for entitlement. It's just that when I'm choosing which $15 an hour job, the pay isn't the only factor in that decision.

Am I wearing out my joints? Boots? Breaking my back? Breathing fumes? Damaging my ears? Am I being asked to do something unethical that might cause irreparable harm to my family, my society, and my people like working for commies?

Not everyone factors in those costs, of course. They're happy to screw you over for a paycheck. But it's an expense.

Once everything is factored in, the amount of pay is very low on a long list of priorities. (While clocking in from 9 to 5, am I also producing $1 million dollars worth of useful political change at this day job?)

And it's an expense that must be factored in to any trip. 8 days of not blogging, not writing or recording Terms of Fair Use, not writing or promoting books, newsletters, is an incalculable expense to my people in the long term. For others, there's a much greater expense.

Not supporting the people who can achieve 10 times as much as I can with a fraction of the effort it would take me to do it. To me, that's the larger expense.

And all of these must be weighed against the method of transportation.

When the most obvious hard cost of driving a car across country becomes incredibly high, but my duty to do it anyway is clear, then I must make the drive, if there's no other choice. But when that high cost is seen in its totality, other options start to become much more attractive.

The commercial airline becomes a bargain. The bargain-priced airline starts to become more expensive option than Delta, if it means days of delays and hassles and extra shopping.

But once the usefulness and efficiency of air travel is thoroughly understood, and the available options considered, the power of it is clearly grasped, then surprisingly new kinds of investments must be made. And once you see the problems clearly, you realize all these investments should have been made a years ago.

A flying car, or airplane, doesn't depreciate as fast as a car. When this negative depreciation is factored in, an airplane, especially one that's fractionally owned, immediately costs less per mile than an SUV for anyone who travels more than the break-even point, which is anything more than 27 hours of air travel.

Below that point, a rental makes more sense. Above 27 hours per year, fractional Cessna ownership makes sense.

But a Cessna 172, although it's popular, is a gas guzzler compared to speedier, more efficient, faster kit planes with speeds up to 290 mile per hour.

Since it flies above the road instead of on the road, that's actually equivalent to 377 miles per hour, if we're comparing it to a car.

Fuel efficiency per mile is a big factor. If you're getting the equivalent of 12 miles per gallon in a plane, you're cutting 20 to 30 percent of the miles off your trip. So bump your airplane up to 15.6 miles per gallon for a fair comparison. Pretty damned good.

People are stepping over dollars to pinch pennies.

In a plane, you're going to do maintenance every 100 hours. But changing the oil every 100 hours of flight in a 290 mile-per-hour plane means you've changed your oil every 29,000 miles. I wouldn't try that in a car or truck.

And in fact, a 15.6 mpg truck would have to travel 20% to 30% more miles over the road to accomplish the same thing a plane does by flying in a straight line. So we have to compare it to the cost of changing the oil for 37,700 miles, all the other maintenance items including a new set of tires, etc.

If we use the DOT's 45 cents per mile figure, we've changed the oil in this plane once for every $16,965 worth of gas, oil, depreciation and maintenance in a Subaru or Kia, for example. Never mind the 37+ days of lost labor, the hotel stays. Let's presume we're using cheap AirBnB instead of hotels, paying only $300 a day times 37 days to pay for our driver to achieve 1,000 miles a day, rain or shine for 37 days. Sound fair enough?

That's $300 times 37 days, or $11,100 in driver costs plus $16,965 in vehicle costs for a total of per oil change in a Glasair III when you "pour on the speed" and really start gulping down fuel at its least efficient airspeed.


It's using 9.5 gallons per hour instead of 13 at a fast cruising speed and altitude. But we'll soon see why that higher cost simply doesn't matter anymore.

Because in a car, our 45 cents per mile cost has swelled considerably to 74 REAL cents per mile when we factor in the value of the driver's time, pay him for 37 nights in a cheap AirBnB instead of letting him accomplish the same damn thing by racking up 100 short hours in a cockpit instead, probably on auto-pilot while he laughs at cat videos or accomplishes a bit of writing, makes some sweet YouTube videos and maybe alters heading once in awhile while millions of people are gripping their steering wheels with white knuckles down below in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

And it's probably higher when we pay a round-the-clock babysitter for 37 straight days. Then it's closer to 87 cents per mile.

Here's why I use that 100-hour figure. To make the 40+ hours of flight training and $9,000 cost of getting your pilot's license seem pretty damn reasonable by comparison.

Because I want flying Nazis raining down bolts of truth out of the sky. And they can't do that while they're stuck in traffic for 37 days, which is about what your 6 to 12 month daily commute actually consists of.

Because for the guy who's time is worth anything more than "$15 an hour" if your commute is any more than 30 minutes a day, and especially if you want to accomplish more than you already do, a plane probably pays for itself in the first year or two.

But it gets better than that.

If the little plane you invest in, that saves you operating costs of at least at least 40 cents per mile, repays you in sanity and productivity and a rock-solid marriage because you're actually home at night instead of driving all over creation as an unpaid truck driver for an hour a day, allows you live in the sticks where the real estate is cheapest, farthest from the inner city youths, and allows you to work in the big city where the incomes are highest, where the customers are plentiful, or anywhere else you want to work, and keeps you and your family nice and far away from the zombies when it's time to bug out, and you're living out in a place so remote you can inexpensively install your own airstrip to conveniently take off and land on, waking up to a great big smile every morning you give her a little push out of the hangar doors each day, then you've upgraded your life by a such a huge margin, it defies my ability to calculate it.

It may cost more than your house, but that's because it's worth more than your house. It's not a luxury, but a necessity.

Your car would have to get more than 500 miles per gallon to even begin to compete with it. Why?

Because it has an unfair advantage. It's air travel, after all. Air travel without the airport, without the security screening, the long lines and delays, without the airline ticket price hikes when you have to change your plans.

Unlike the sheeple, you can afford to schedule a big business trip this week, not next month, if you've invested in the right kind of life. You don't have to cross your fingers and pray things might work out. You have a reliable, dependable, predictable way to out-compete the other guys who are cursed by their inability to do the math.

Your opportunities suddenly multiply as you start to notice a world that's always existed for guys who are willing to do what others won't do.

And this teaches you to look for other things others aren't willing to learn. Aren't willing to do. Aren't willing to invest in.

Your life gets better and better as a result as you leap on opportunities that make sense. This teaches you to look for opportunities you're uniquely able to efficiently and effectively exploit.

The same way your life got better when you bought a flatbed pickup truck, but you probably can't quite explain exactly how it happened. But it's because people began to see you as uniquely useful to them. They could understand what your value is. It became a calling card.

When you had a truck, word-of-mouth marketing did the work, and friends of friends knew your name who otherwise wouldn't. You're not just another linked-in profile. You're a guy who can solve problems.

Samething happens when you've got a plane. Your ears perk up when you hear about opportunities outside the county. You have the same internet, but you see it differently than the other guy does. Your natural territory has expanded. And it's a territory where you're now a more  dominant player.

You don't say things like "I can't afford it", anymore. You're a plane owner. You start to say things like, "HOW can I afford it?"

Everyone seems to have money for boats, which is a hole in the water into which you throw money. Nothing comes from owning a boat except regret. But every time you hear a plane fly overhead, instead of feeling mildly annoyed, you hear the siren sound of feedom beckoning you a little closer to heaven.

What it takes to own a plane is to do whatever it takes to own a plane. To do whatever it takes to make the payments. To learn whatever you have to learn to do the job that covers the costs, and to do that job well, and enthusiastically.

You don't buy a plane and become a pilot for what it does for you. You buy it and learn to fly it because of what it makes of you.

Become who you need to be, and you'll have what you need to have.

Some people, bless their souls, aren't going to be able to do more than learn to fly a paramotor or hop on a commercial airliner.

With air travel, they'll still be able to cross the country either way. They'll have the kind of freedom others only dream of. They'll arrive about 30% faster than a ground vehicle traveling at the same speed. Their mileage and fuel and maintenance costs will be lower than a ground vehicle handling all the bumps of crawling around, while you leap over the mountain ranges in a single hop.

Some will only be able to afford a kit plane if they build one out of foam and fiberglass and resin in their own garage.  They'll wait weeks, months or years to really begin their journey.

This is not a terrible option. It's not an atrocity. But it's a bit like waiting in line for a year at the airport.

With all the financing options, with the equity you've built up in your house, with down payments and monthly payment schedules, people usually find out they should have sold their boat, their truck, and bought their own plane years ago.

The flying car exists. It's called an airplane. Many are air-worthy. They're proven. They have a long, long track record for safety and reliability. The most dangerous airplane is much safer per mile. And most of them cost less, once you realize you're paying more than 70 cents per mile on the ground, and at least 40 cents less per mile in the air.

Some smaller starter planes with less fuel economy than the latest high-speed options are available for as low as $18,000. Some take an investment of $180,000.

When you start to look at the latest, most mature examples of paramotor technology, which is basically a fan strapped to a parachute, capable shaving at least ten minutes off your daily commute for around ten thousand dollars, you realize there's a airborn solution that fits every budget. A solution that expands your range, altitude, enjoyment, and capabilities considerably.

A solution that gives you air superiority.


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