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When you pay for flight lessons (Flight Instructor) do you have to pay for the aircraft rental?

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Jul 03, 2012

    Not necessarily.  Your mother, father, good friend, etc. could pay for the aircraft rental.
    They don’t give it away.

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  2. Ash on Jul 03, 2012

    Scott, you sure do! Figure anywhere from $75/hr – $125/hr for your basic trainer rental (C152, C172, PA28). Add on to that $25/hr – $75/hr for your instructor fee and you’re looking at $100/hr – $200/hr for total flight time training costs.  

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  3. Matthew Waugh on Jul 05, 2012

    It sounds like you’d like to know the basics about flight instruction.
    Go to your local airport and find the General Aviation entrance (which, depending on your airport may be the ONLY entrance) and find somebody and ask about flight training. They will point you to the local flight training operation and you can ask them all the questions you have and, if they have any sense, they will answer them all for you.
    One word of warning – most airports couldn’t market their way out of a paper bag – so YOU will have to ask the questions and you will have to accost people and ask them where to go. People will be friendly, they just don’t have a clue how to proactively work with anybody.
    Don’t be put off – they know most of the answers, you just have to ask enough questions to get them out of them. It may from time to time appears as if they are not interested in you. push on, we all went through it.

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  4. Mike M. on Jul 05, 2012

    Depending on you financial situation there are some other options that most people don’t consider when looking into flight lessons.  You might want to look into fractional or full ownership of a training aircraft.  Most people think they could never afford to do this, but most of them are not seeing the benefits.  
    When you purchase an aircraft or a share in a plane and then use it for your flight instruction.  You cut your cost dramatically.  While you train you are not paying for the aircraft rental, only the fuel so your savings can be huge.  Once you are done with your training you can sell the aircraft or you share and get you initial investment back.  
    I am part of a local flying club that has 10 members in a Cessna 172, our initial share was only $4,000.  When we fly we pay for the fuel that we use and a $30.00 per hour fee for the engine fund, which is set aside by the club to pay for maintenance costs and save the remainder towards rebuilding the engine when it is time.  
    I did not mention insurance since it is normally factored into most flying schools and you end up paying for it any way.  So you may have to pay for a share in the insurance or pick up your own policy.  I have heard of others purchasing insurance for as little as $200.00 to $250.00 per year.  
    Hope this helps…
    Mike M.

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  5. Randall on Jul 20, 2012

    Ditto the above. Ask around a bunch and see what the best fit for you is. You’ll find all kinds of options – and thinking outside the box is a good way to save yourself what could be lots of money.

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