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About: Wingly.io – Rent a plane for $60/hour

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Some weeks ago, I was researching the world of sports aviation. I love flying, so I was wondering whether there is an Airbnb of a sport planes.

Guess what? There is one and it’s called Wingly.io

So I went on in my research to find out a little more about it. I wasn’t yet able to try it [but I will soon], because of the lack of time and because I am waiting for a great sunny [spring] day with great visibility to do so. However, my research did produce some results. Indeed, I have managed to get on the phone with one of the co-founders of Wingly.io, his name is Bertrand Joan-Cornu (picture below).

In my view a very interesting start-up that has already received approximately 2.5 million in funding. There have been many companies that have tried to do this in the yachting/boating industry see this article.

However, until a few weeks ago I wasn’t aware of one doing it for sport aviation.

I personally find it a great idea and I look forward to try it soon. I should have probably included in a previous post among the activities to fight boredom that can be done near London.

How much does it actually cost?

It really depends on what flying experience you are choosing. Starting from £60 upwards to £250 or so. Basically, the offers published on Wingly.io are mostly published by pilots who rent a plane and want to share the cost and pleasure of flying aorund.

Wingly.io in numbers

I was very impressed with the numbers that the Wingly.io co-founder, Bertrand was telling me about the market for sport aviation and how many registered pilots there are.

There are indeed an estimated 300,000 registered PPL (private pilot licences in Europe)

5% (approx) are plane owners

and Wingly.io has about 15,000 registered pilots on their platform so there will be no shortage of opportunities to fly.

Cockpit of a sport plane usually 2 to 4 seats in total

About 40% of the Wingly.io registered pilots are in France 50% in Germany and 10% (growing) in the United Kingdom. It seems like the U.K. is the last on the list but 1500 pilots are still quite a bit of people that can offer you a great flight. Happy flying. If you try it let us know in the comments, I certainly will update this post once I do my first flight experience with Wingly.io

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