In this month’s AOPA Pilot (Feb 2011) the “Pilot Briefing” column provides us with some sobering statistics from across the pond. I recently did a podcast talking about the price of learning to fly in the U.S. I commented that while the cost is high to many pocketbooks, it isn’t likely to decrease and I offered some ideas on reducing the cost of training.
But compare American aviation prices with that of our English counterparts and you begin to thank your lucky stars you’re learning to fly in the States. Check out these prices:
A Cessna 172 (simple 6-Pack) $164/hour. PLUS
VAT (Value Added Tax) of $36 PLUS
A per-circuit (touch-and-go) fee of $12.21 PLUS
Full Stop Landing Fee of $36.84.
And fuel is $9.75/ gallon.
Therefore the hourly cost with one touch-and-go is…. $268.64
Instrument students? An ILS has a fee of $78. So just an approach to a full stop is $114.84 and you haven’t even paid for the plane (and all those fees) and your instructor.
While it’s not “cheap” to learn to fly….hey, it could be worse…a LOT worse.