Great blog about the cost of General Aviation.
I'm an instrument rated private pilot, and I use my Cessna Cardinal for lots of trips between Dallas and Springfield, MO. (Unfortunately, SGF is not a Southwest destination)
There's no doubt its more expensive than driving, but from Dallas to Springfield, the Cardinal is 2.5 hours, the car is 8 hours. Compared to a walk-up fare on the unnamed airline with the eagle on the rudder, going by private plane is still far cheaper.
The other great thing about general aviation is not having to deal with TSA and what is arguably the worst part of flying commercial, the security checkpoint.
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