How much does it cost to rent an airplane

How much does it cost to rent an airplane | Aircraft rental

To most people, the sky’s the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” – Jerry Crawford.

If you have ever dreamed of flying your private plane or aircraft, then renting aircraft could be the next best thing. However, renting an airplane isn’t as easy as renting a car. As a frequent flier, you’ll need to factor in hourly rental rates, insurance costs, and other expenses before deciding if it’s worth it.

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Private Aircraft For Rent at Santa Monica Flyers

Aircraft at Santa Monica Flyers are available for rent by the hour. Our rental agreement outlines any conditions and limitations against long rentals as our primary purpose is to have aircraft available to pilots in training. It is permitted to rent and fly places, even overnight, in accordance with our policies. 

Factors Affecting Aircraft Rental Pricing

Type of aircraft

The rates for our various aircraft range from as low as $169 to as high as $390 per hour. From there, the duration you fly or reserve the aircraft for your use will greatly affect the ending cost. 

Security Fees, Fuel Surcharges, Flight Insurance, and Parking Fees

Once you’ve been checked out and certified, additional rates will be beyond the rental cost. These include landing fees, insurance, and parking fees. There may also be hidden rates not mentioned in advance at fixed base operators you visit.

Aircraft Rental Rates Per Hour at Santa Monica Flyers


Rental Rate

Cirrus Planes

$295-$390 per hr

Cessna Planes

$195 – $245 per hr

SportCruiser Planes

$169 per hr

Super Decathlon – N148AC

$210 per hr


If you’re looking for a way to escape the humdrum of everyday life and feel like you’re flying, a rental plane or aircraft might be the answer.

But how much does it cost to rent a plane? And what kind of plane should you rent?

We’ve got your answers!

The hourly rates for a Cirrus SR20 is $295 or $333 (WET). Our SR22 rents DRY at $390 per hour. These are our speediest options. 

The average hourly rate for a Cessna plane is $195 – $197 per hour. Like with the Cirrus planes (except N114CN), this price includes fuel costs, insurance, maintenance, and more.

A SportCruiser plane will cost you about $169 per hour. With this rental option, you’ll get a small single-engine plane with room for only one passenger; it’s mainly used for flight training or sightseeing trips.

If you’re a pilot looking for something with a little more excitement than just a tiny single-engine plane—and don’t mind paying extra money—you can rent out the Super Decathlon – N148AC at $210 per hour! This plane is certified in the acrobatic category making it capable of thrill and excitement. It happens to also be a tailwheel aircraft which requires an endorsement to operate as PIC. 

Rent An Airplane at Santa Monica Flyers

Renting an airplane is a great way to see the world from a new perspective. If you’re a recreational pilot looking to rent an airplane but don’t know where to go, Santa Monica Flyers is the place for you!

We’re located in Santa Monica, California, and offer various aviation rental options. Our aviation staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced; they’ll help you find the perfect aircraft for your training needs.

Our aviation fleet includes only small single-engine airplanes.

If you’re interested in renting an airplane from us, give us a call today!  310-800-8050


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