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Course Fees

 

What is it going to cost me?

Financial consideration is very important when determining your flight training path.  It is important that you are aware of all fees you may be responsible for.  Your license is not a tangible product such as a ski or sail boat; however, there is more use for the pilot’s license than for either of those items.  It is a piece of plastic which gives you the privilege of basically FLYING ANYWHERE in the United States with regard to its limitations.

 

Determine the true cost

As you speak with different schools, you will hear of certificate packages, hourly rates and total estimates.  With CERTIFICATE PACKAGES, you are quoted a set number of training hours in the plane, ground school, book costs, and testing fees.  You will need to become proficient enough to pass your tests in your specified training package, or else you will incur additional fees for additional training—rarely does one complete the proficiency within a specified set of hours as everyone learns at a different same pace.  With HOURLY RATES, you pay for the plane and/or the instructor per hour of training.  This can be deceiving as some schools start the clock from the moment you walk in the door and meet your instructor. For example, you book 3 hours of time for training and only fly 1 hour in the plane and spend 20 minutes extra with the instructor in the classroom, yet you pay for the full 3 hours. Your books and testing fees are additional and seldom included in the initial quote.  With TOTAL ESTIMATES you are told up front the hourly rate of the instructor, the hourly rate of the plane, the cost for the books, and the cost for the additional fees.  You are given scenarios for total cost at the minimum FAA hourly requirement and the average hourly completion time according to real world statistics.  You must also be aware of rarely-mentioned add-on fees, which include daily hourly minimums, fuel surcharges and the cost of your headset.

 

Skybound Aviation Pricing

SKYBOUND AVIATION prices it flight training based on the total estimate method. We ask our students to block at least 2-hour time slots for each training session.  In each training session, you may fly anywhere between .8 hours to 1.5 hours.  Your lesson fees will only be the cost for the time you flew, even though you may have been with your instructor for 1 .5 to 2 hours.  You will pay for approximately 5 hours of private ground instruction in addition to your actual flight training with the instructor.

In addition to the flying, for a portion of your training you will need to include the following items into your cost: a Flight Kit and Books (~ $225), the Written Test (~ $125), the Flight Test, a.k.a. Checkride, (~ $425), and a headset (~ $400).

Below are some pricing estimates of what your costs at SKYBOUND AVIATION would be, which will assist you in estimating your total training costs.  Your actual cost will depend on the aircraft you train in and the timeframe it will take you to get you ready for your Checkride.  Instructor rates usually run $60 an hour, and aircraft rates range from $105 and hour to $245 an hour.  Pricing on aircraft rental rates may change depending on how volatile fuel prices get.

The Sport Pilot Certificate

(coming as soon as we get a Sport Plane)

The Private Pilot Certificate (Based on aircraft rental rate of $127 an hour)

Minimum Time Estimate: ~$8,720

  • 30 hours of Dual Flight
  • 10 hours of Solo Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Average Time Estimate: ~$12,030

  • 40 hours of Dual Flight
  • 20 hours of Solo Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Each additional hour of dual flight will be $200 an hour and each additional hour of solo flight will be at $136 an hour. Estimated pricing includes 7% sales tax.

 

The Private Pilot Certificate (Based on aircraft rental rate of $200 an hour)

Minimum Time Estimate: ~$11,835

  • 30 hours of Dual Flight
  • 10 hours of Solo Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Average Time Estimate: ~$16,750

  • 40 hours of Dual Flight
  • 20 hours of Solo Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Each additional hour of dual flight will be $274 an hour and each additional hour of solo flight will be at $214 an hour. Estimated pricing includes 7% sales tax.

 

The Instrument Rated Pilot Certificate (Based on aircraft rental rate of $127 an hour)

Minimum Time Estimate: ~$7,511

  • 15 hours of Dual Flight
  • 25 hours of Flight with Safety Pilot
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Average Time Estimate: ~$10,721

  • 40 hours of Dual Flight
  • 20 hours of Flight with Safety Pilot
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Each additional hour of dual flight will be $180 an hour and each additional hour of solo flight will be at $120 an hour.  Safety Pilots are usually other pilots also training for their instrument license and do not charge a fee.  Pricing is based on an aircraft rental rate of $112 an hour plus sales tax.

 

The Instrument Rated Certificate (Based on aircraft rental rate of $200 an hour)

Minimum Time Estimate: ~$10,635

  • 15 hours of Dual Flight
  • 25 hours of Flight with Safety Pilot
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Average Time Estimate: ~$15,173

  • 40 hours of Dual Flight
  • 20 hours of Flight with Safety Pilot
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Each additional hour of dual flight will be $274 an hour and each additional hour of solo flight will be at $214 an hour.  Safety Pilots are usually other pilots also training for their instrument license and do not charge a fee.  Estimated pricing includes 7% sales tax.

 

The TailWheel Endorsement (Based on aircraft rental rate of $150 an hour)

Minimum Time Estimate: ~$3,688

  • 15 hours of Dual Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Average Time Estimate: ~4,818

  • 20 hours of Dual Flight
  • 5 hours of Ground School/Review
  • Books, Tests, & Headset

Each additional hour of dual flight will be $221 an hour.  Estimated pricing includes 7% sales tax.

 

Total estimates coming soon for these certificates:

  • The Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • The Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate
  • The Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate