Private Pilot Training Cost
One thing I always tried to do was be straight forward with students, telling them exactly what they were going to spend on their private pilot training. I also want to make sure they understand if they don't stick with their training, the more it is going to cost them.
The National average for the private pilot training process is around 65 hours, you will want tokeep this in mind. If you dig into the flight training syllabus at flight schools, most private pilot syllabuses are between 45 and 55 hours. The FAA requires many things that need to be covered for your Private Pilot License. Planning on at least 30 hours of dual instruction is a good estimate if you want to be a safe pilot.
Most of the schools will be honest about it if you start asking the right questions. You will want to remember that the number of hous listed in the flight schools syllabus will not be used for the cost estimate, they will use the unrealistic hour requirements put out by the FAA. There are a lot of flight schools competing for the decreasing number of students so the cost estimates in many cases will be the bare minimum and will not be realistic.
Below I have listed what a cost estimate from a flight school will look like:
20 Hours Dual Flight Instruction $2,920.00
20 Hours of Solo Flight $1,920.00
In a lot of cases this will be it. Most Flight schools will try and be a little moreaccurate with thier cost estimates. But in general they all will stay very competitive. Since flight training is veryexpensive, the flight schools will keep their cost outlines as competitive as possible.
There are a number of things that are not listed in the above cost estimate. The first thing is the additional dual instruction that is probably in the flight schools syllabus. This should be somewhere around 10 hours so there is an additional hidden cost of $1,460 to the above cost estimate that the flight school has not told you about.
In addition to this extra flight instruction there are other things such as books, pilot supplies and headsets that you will need to purchase. Many flight schools will not include the examiner fee for the flight test. Depending on the part of the country you are in, this fee could be as much as $400.
So the first thing you want to do is research what the private pilot license will actually cost you at a local flight school. You will want to understand the process of your Private Pilot License, so the first thing you will want to do is plan the process out before you start flying. Flying is very expensive and if you make a mistake planning the process out, you could end up spending $2,000 more that you expected. If you are on a limited budget, this could make the difference between becoming a licensed pilot and someone who is part way through their training.
Once you start your private pilot training, don't let anything get in your way. This is the most cost effective way to keep the cost down on your private pilot license training. Driving and learning to fly are not the same, you will want to remember this. To Be a safe and confident pilot, you will need to be proficient at all the maneuvers listed in the practical test standards. The quicker you can complete your private pilot training the better.
Hope to see you in the sky
Frederick Longe has been flying since 1985. He has logged over 9,000 Hours of flight instruction alone. In 1998 Longe was awarded one of the first Master CFI Designations in the country by the National Association Of Flight Instructors. Airfreddy's Private Pilot Training Information Website
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