Cost of Flight Training


One of the most important aspect of becoming a pilot is the cost of flight training. While cost is extremely important, ensuring you receive the best training for your money is primordial. As highlighted in our guide on how to choose a flight school, be sure to compare flight schools based on a combination of flight hours/cost and not only total cost. Most flight schools will quote based on minimums and most students end up with unexpected overfly bills they can’t afford.

How to choose a flight school

Check out our guide on how to choose the right flight school for you.

The table below shows an estimate of the total cost of flight training as of July 2016. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Flight Training Cost Additional Services Cost Total Flight Time
Private Pilot License $12,000 to $14,000 Approx. $1,500 45 to 50 hours in Cessna 172
Instrument Rating $9,000 to $11,000 Approx. $1,500 25 to 30 hours in Cessna 172
Commercial Pilot Single Engine Land (SEL) $23,000 to $25,000 Approx. $1,500 70 to 75 hours in Cessna 172, 35-40 hours in Cessna 182RG
Multiengine Add-on Rating $8,000 to $10,000 Approx. $800 15 to 20 hours in Cessna 310
Certified Flight Instructor $9,000 to $11,000 Approx. $1,200 30 to 35 hours in Cessna 182RG
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument $4,500 to $5,500 Approx. $700 15 to 20 hours in Cessna 172

Flight Training includes all flight and simulator time as well as all instruction hours (ground, pre/post briefing, dual).
Additional services include FAA examiner fees, lab supplies, FAA Medical exams, FAA knowledge tests and for international students, it includes visa and TSA fees.

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