AIRCRAFT AND INSTRUCTOR RATES OCTOBER 1, 2021

As the economy recovers rapidly the cost of aircraft maintenance, insurance, fuel, parking fees and other items have increased significantly. At this point it is not news that inflation has hit many sectors of the economy hard, including aviation and education.

As many of you know, most of our airplanes are owned by individual people who put their aircraft on our flight line in order to help pay for their own costs of flying. As these costs increase owners must bear them out directly. In most cases aircraft owners carry a small loss or a very tiny margin.

The school too runs at a very small margin and must adjust rates to cover these increased costs as well as labor, labor related costs, rent, utilities, etc. The school has always prioritized safety and quality over profit margin but we must cover our costs to continue forward.

In order to help owners continue to cover their costs, and therefore be able to justify having their aircraft leased to our flight line and in order for the school to adequately cover their costs, the following hourly rates will be in effect as of October 1 this year:

AIRCRAFT RATES

Sportcruisers $159 (block rate of 10 hours $1,490 with cash/check deposits)
Analogue Gauge SkyHawks (N796SP, N5148V, N5322P, N974TA) $177
G1000 SkyHawks (N353MV) $190
Cutlass (N9378D) $185
Skylane (N7348X) $239
Mooney (N231AL) $240
Super Decathlon (N148AC) $199
G6 SR20 (N593EH) $300
G3 SR20 (N882AB) $260

INSTRUCTOR RATES

Standard Category Instructors $95
LSA Flight Instructors $95
Chief Flight Instructors $105
Assistant Chief Flight Instructors $100
Cirrus Training Center Instructors $115 (day rate $850; 1/2 day rate $550)
CSIP $120 (day rate $900; 1/2 day rate $600)

We will likely need to review all rates again in the new year but will continue to do whatever we can to keep rates reasonable.

CERTIFICATE AND RATING COST RANGES
SPORT

The Sport Pilot's License, depending on some factors, likely costs between $7,000 and $10,000.

PRIVATE

The Private Pilot's License, depending on some factors, likely costs between $12,000 and $15,000.

INSTRUMENT

The Instrument Rating, depending on some factors, likely costs between $12,000 and $15,000. Instrument training cost may be reduced if the instrument candidate has a rated safety pilot available for practice approaches.

COMMERCIAL

The Private Pilot’s License, depending on some factors, likely costs between $8,000 and $10,000.

FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTION

  • How often a student flies
  • How much a student reads text books and other materials at home, in advance of a lesson
  • How quickly a given student learns. Students learn at various rates, depending on background, education and various other factors