Operating an airplane can be rather expensive. Fuel is our largest expense (current prices) and we burn between 14 and 18 gallons an hour average. A typical trip to visit folks in the Bush will consume between $100 and $150 in fuel, a trip to Kokrine Hills Bible Camp takes $300 in fuel. The planes average between $.90 – $1.20 a mile in fuel cost depending on the season (floats, wheels or skis) and which airplane we use (the Cessna or Maule) that does not take into account winds. 100LL is the technical name for Aviation Gasoline, it is 100 octane and is considered Low Lead.
Major Maintenance Fund
Major aircraft components (engines, propellers, etc.) have recommended overhaul intervals. The overhaul periods are set by the manufacturers and are approved by the FAA with years of operating experience and with safety in mind. We tend to replace critical components before they fail in aviation. Since we know the interval and we can estimate the replacement cost, it is simple math to know how much money should be put back each flight hour. The goal is to put back $50 per flight hour.
From time to time we need to upgrade items in the aircraft. These improvements increase safety, performance, and longevity. Examples include: shoulder harness seat belts, balanced fuel injectors, extended baggage, cargo restraints, electronic ignition, heavy duty landing gear, navigation radio improvements, LED landing lights.
How can you help?
Go to TMM’s How to Donate page to find out the many options for handling your financial support. Please remember to designate gifts to ”The White’s / specific project.” Most gifts are tax-deductible when routed through The Master’s Mission. As of January 2011, The Master’s Mission keeps 5% of all monies and an additional 3% of credit card donations for administrative overhead.