There's an old adage: "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it". While flying is not a
cheap activity, the adage does not really apply.
The regulations generally require 40 hours of instruction, of which at least 20 will be dual
instruction, that is with an instructor. More typical would be 60 hours with somewhere over 40
dual (even more in the NYC area, unfortunately).
With a rate of $140/hr for the airplane (wet) and instructors charging somewhere in the range of
$55/hr, a course of 60 hours total with 40 of instructor will total $10,600 for the flying, not
including books, materials, ground school or test fees.
How does a student reduce this?
Either go somewhere cheaper for your flying or get closer to 40 hours. The two best tips are:
• Be prepared for each flight. The more you understand about the maneuvers you will
perform and flying in general, the better your initial performance will be. Students should
understand that the cockpit is a poor classroom--it's noisy, smelly, frequently uncomfortable, and
expensive. Repeat this mantra over and over: Learn on the ground and practice in the air
• Fly often. The longer the interval between flights, the more time you will spend re-learning
the lessons. This is one reason why intensive training is so effective
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Did you know?...
How is airplane rental time quoted?
Wet rates include fuel. With fuel
prices of over $7/gallon for 100LL
aviation gasoline, this can be a major
expense. Dry rates exclude fuel, and
you will be expected to pay for fuel
separately. Hobbs rates are charged
based on a clock that counts running
time of the engine. Tach rates are
charged based on the tachometer,
which measures engine revolutions
with a calibration so that an hour at
cruise = 1 hour charged