RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5686 times:
I am taking my step-son on an introductory flight lesson tomorrow. They are charging us $105 for an hour-long flight. My question-- is it proper to tip the instructor afterwards? I know instructors are professionals and might take offense at being offered a tip. On the other hand, I figure the FBO pockets most of the profit, and instructors aren't usually wealthy. So what do you think? Maybe $20?
Almbluzman From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5618 times:
offer the tip. if the instructor refuses (as any professional should), just know that you probably made him feel more appreciated than the money itself would. i received a tip once after having flown a scenic flight for 3 gentlemen and after refusing it twice, i accepted when they insisted. hope your step-son enjoys the flight!
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5612 times:
I've never heard of doing this before. Instructors may not be wealthy - but they aren't paid minimum wage. The FBO does pocket a lot of the money, but it's not all profit. It goes into paying for fuel and operational costs. If I ever become an instructor, I wouldn't expect tips at all.
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5301 times:
When I took my flight training, I would take my instructor out for dinner on a fairly regular basis. On cross country flights I made it my treat for the $100 hamburger and when we were done with the PPL I got him a new flight bag because he was alway complaining about how his was falling apart.
I think that gestures such as these are better than outright cash gifts.
RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5254 times:
Sounds like the votes are in... I won't tip. Besides, this is just an introductory lesson to try to get my step-son interested in something besides computer gaming. I hope he enjoys today's lesson and signs up for more. If he establishes an on-going relationship with a regular instructor, then I like the idea of an occasional lunch and a Christmas gift.
Well, it's about 55 degrees F. at RNO today, bright sunshine, and the wind is calm. Sounds like a great day for flying. Thank you all for your input.
CXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5236 times:
Speaking as a Flight Instructor,
I have accepted tips from students and first time flyers before, but it is rare. Treating the instructor to lunch on a cross country is the norm.
Only tip if this flight is the best thing you ever experienced.
What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5176 times:
Quoting Sevenair (Reply 3): I did buy him a gift certificate for a nice dinner during the holidays.
That's a great idea!
Quoting Bond007 (Reply 8): Sure, buy him/her lunch or dinner on the cross-country's, and a beer at the end of the day.
When I was in flight training, it was customary to buy your instructor a bottle of his favorite booze when you passed your checkride. But times have changed, this was back in 1971. Therefore as a CFI I have received many bottles from students.
Also, a lot of students are spending their last nickel on their flying lessons. So lot of times I'd buy the lunch on X-C flights.