Flight School Cost
The cost of flight school:
- How do I get a realistic cost estimate?
Most flightschools try to make you believe something that they cannot deliver. The real cost of flight school is often 30 to 50 percent higher than quoted!
It starts out by using a completely misunderstood figure "40 hours" in the Federal regulations for a pilot certificate.
This number WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FOR THE STARTING FIXED WING PILOT. It's a number for transitioning pilots from gliders or helicopters, meant as a BARE MINIMUM.
So of course nobody understands this and away we go, the "40 hour pilot certificate" was born. Nonsense. Real world flight training hourly requirements at busy airports are much higher than that.
- So how should I compare flight school costs between schools then?
You should be looking for the most experienced instructor in a comfortable environment with adequate prices, making a combination that suits you best?
Visit your local flight school and meet your potential instructor.
Compare hourly aircraft rental cost to the value you are getting. Are you training in a 50 year old 2 seat plane or in a 20 year old 4 seater with modern avionics?
If you can afford to fly an almost brand new slick and fast, highly maneuverable airplane that is very expenive, maybe ask yourself if that is the ideal training airplane?
Usually the aircraft rental cost around most airports are very compatible because of competition. Be wary of very low and unusually high offerings.
- You heard that you can save a lot of money by training full time?
That is actually true. A full time schedule or at least an accelerated schedule will save you money compared to dragging out the process for a year or more.
We have seen students perform at least 15 percent better in faster schedules, although that is not a guarantee. If you simply lack talent and enthusiasm, if you don't study adequately and if you do not practice in the simulator for hours and hours....your training will take longer. Period.
Most people just cannot train full time because of work and famility commitments, a sensible part time schedule will have to do the job.
Make an appointment with us. We can help.
Do you have ways to reduce flight training costs?
Yes we do! Our flight club membership qualifies you for our package rates.
Choose from the package that suits you best and become a flight club member. Enjoy the lowest rates and free simulator use!
It's very easy to get started, your low cost membership allows you to get started right away.
There is no need for large payments up front!
Flight Academy Training without the high academy pricesGet your accelerated training accomplished without paying the premiums of the (often only "pretend") flight academies.
In today's hot job market you don't need to pay heavy premiums for any airline affiliation or connection.
Our graduates and flight instructors have made it to Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines without spending tens of thousands of additonal dollars.
And let's be frank, most of these "airline connections" are fake anyway unless you are talking to the flight academy that is directly sponsored by the airline.
We don't pretend. We are a flight school that gets the job done, get a quality education for a fair price.
We don't take on more business than we can handle, leaving you stranded with no access to airplanes or instructors. Yep, that happens at those "pretend" places.
Medical Exam (required):
We require that you obtain this exam before the accelerated training starts to avoid potential delays for unexpected reasons.
Knowledge Test (required):
We require that you start and mostly complete the knowledge test before the actual accelerated flight training. This is not necessary for part time training but essential for full time students.
Final Flight Test (schedule required):
It is possible that no flight test appointments are available in certain weeks, you need to plan ahead at least 4 weeks for this.
TSA authorization (for non-USA citizens):
In case you are not a US citizen, the US government agency TSA requires additional processing. This has to be accomplished before the training can start.
Accelerated Private Pilot finish up 14 day schedule
Private Pilot 3 weeks to 6 weeks
Accelerated Instrument Rating 10 days to 3 weeks
Accelerated Commercial pilot certificate 1 week to 10 days
Prepare for your accelerated training:
Starting flight training:
You can start your training with us anytime but we need advance notice to arrange your full time schedule.
Accelerated flight training courses compress all lessons into a few weeks rather than months, keep in mind that your required preparation for the course is considerable.
The Do's and Don'ts of accelerated flight training
Some of the things you (the student) will have to accomplish before arriving for training:
- Complete your IACRA student pilot certificate application
- Get a freee account on www.faasafety.gov and look at the free online courses
- Get your FAA medical certificate
- Complete our homework assignments including aircraft manual quizzes and flight plan assignments
- Study our maneuver guide and review the FAA ACS Airmen Testing Standards
- Review our checklists and procedure guides
- Don't show up unprepared to any of the accelerated flight training sessions
- Don't make your schedule unrealistically short. Budget additional time for weather and other issues that might come up
Your full time accelerated flight schedule means completing typically two flights and one simulator session per day.
For some pilots who may have already had some flight experience and passed their knowledge test our short 14 training day program may be of interest.
If you are just starting out you may require considerably more time, from four to six weeks depending on the individual.
Accelerated Training times:
Any time during daylight hours, any day, weekends, holidays. Accelerated schedules usually demand several sessions per day.