THAIlover
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Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:20 pm

Hi,

Can anybody tell me how much does it cost to take the flight school? I'm talking one by one here: from private to flight instructor. I just need this to plan for myself because I need to add it to my BS in science so that I know the exact cost.

Thank you all,
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jhooper
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:53 pm

The cost varies depending on a number of factors. It's been several years since I did all my training, but I think it came to somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 (Private, Instrument, Time Building, Commericial, Multi, Seaplane, CFI).
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XFSUgimpLB41X
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:26 pm

In total it was around 35,000 for all my licenses and such. Private, instrument, private multi, commercial multi-instrument, single commercial, CFI,CFII, MEI and time building.
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flyf15
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:34 pm

I'm a CFI/CFII with just under 350 hours (around 70 of which are multi) and am around ~$39,000 into this whole flying thing.
 
CFIcraigAPA
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Wed Feb 18, 2004 9:07 pm

With a hair under 500TT, and about 45 multi, I've lightened my pockets by about $35,000 give or take. It sure ain't cheap, and first year FO's with a commuter are not going to make up that dent, in fact they will probably add to it for the first year at least! All I can say is plan ahead and SAVE as much ca$h as practical if you want to get to the "big show".
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Thu Feb 19, 2004 3:02 am

Hmmm... Let's see...

$600 for my private and $200 for my multi...

I guess things were a lot cheaper back in 1966. I used to fly a 65 hp Aeronca 7AC Champ for $4.00 an hour wet and a Cessna 170 for $7.00/hour. I once rented a brand-new Cessna 150 for $6/hour, wet, (in 10 hour blocks). A Mooney M-20C went for the outrageous price of $16/hour. Everything was relative though - I earned $1.25 an hour bagging groceries back then. All together, I think that I've probably spent about $5000 or $6000 on my licenses and ratings. My type ratings and recurrent training are a different matter - thank goodness my employers pay those bills!

Honestly though, there are ways to cut costs with out sacrificing quality, but you're still going to end up spending $25K to $30K.

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CFIcraigAPA
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:42 pm

A Mooney M-20C went for the outrageous price of $16/hour.

Son of a -----! I remember thinking a PA-28 was a good deal at $40/hr when I began flying. Of course, that was 7 years ago. Now, the same aircraft is going for $58/hr. Mooneys (condition dependant) now go for over $130-$150/hr. You lucky dog!
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sevenair
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Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:14 pm

Try flyAAA.com, very cheap, and includes accommodation. it s arounf $31,000. But their main stay is international students, so maybe you will be better elsewhere, such as pea.com, who are in Daytona Beach
 
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:16 am

Another major factor is time. If you can commit yourself (and afford) to flying at least three times per week the ratings will take much less time and money. I compare learning to fly to learning to play a musical instrument. Both require tons of practice and you quickly loose skills when you quit practicing if even for a very short amount of time.

If you have the time, and the financial ability to fly as much as you can, you will spend much less money in the long run because it should take you less time to master the skills necesary to earn your ratings.
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SkyGuy11
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:01 pm

A pretty good estimate I've found to work is $100 / hr for the total cost.

So if you fly 250 hours to your CFI (and you can, if you plan it right), it will cost approx. $25,000
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:06 pm

It costs 30-40k for most people to go from 0 time to multi-commercial-CFI at most places right now. You can get it done for less if you really budget.
 
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RE: Ow Much From 0-flight Instructor Rating

Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:44 am

A Mooney M-20C went for the outrageous price of $16/hour.

As stated before; you son of a -----!

Renting a Cessna 152 at my local flight school right now costs upwards of 75-100 dollars an hour. I guess thats what I get for living in Phoenix with 360 days of flying weather per year. People come here to fly, and fly they will. Just with prices out the roof.

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