I'm always amazed how I read or experience first hand how new airplane owners are either stunned at ownership costs or try to come up with shortcuts to cheapen their maintenance costs. Don't people realize how expensive aircraft ownership is before they purchase? My latest purchase was a real clean 182A. I've owned it around a year & a half. I helped with the annual before I signed papers so I knew the airplane pretty well & knew it was by no means perfect. I've spent around $9,000 on maintenance costs since then. Probably half of that was optional items that I wanted to upgrade or improve. When I'm flying over the rugged Cascade Mts I like knowing things are top notch. Airplane parts are expensive, there are required maintenance intervals that have to be done by an FAA certified mechanic. That all costs money. So enough with all the complaining. You should have know. Done with my rant. Carry on.