Alright, being fair and honest for those thinking about training. Here is my Private Pilot broken down all in numbers. I’m sure a lot of people don’t like to admit on how much they spent on training, but I would have loved to know more about these added costs when budgeting my training better. It’s also just all my numbers throughout training. It was kind of fun going back and realizing the numbers of instructors I’ve had (for progress checks as well!) and airports where I’ve landed.Training Numbers Dual Received: 56.4 Solo Time: 10.3 Cross Country Time: 13.0 Total Time: 68.2 Fuel Used: 409.2 gallons (estimated) Landings: 202 Instructors: 5 (2 for progress checks), 1 DPE Tail Numbers I Flew: 6 Airports: 7 Lessons: 46 Months: 9 Pilot Supplies Headset: $109 Kneeboard: $15 E6B: Hand me down (ie free) Flight bag: Free with AOPA membership AOPA Membership: $25 (plus free flight bag and year’s subscription of Flight Training) Plotter: $8 Logbook: $15 TOTAL: $172 Books/Charts FAR/AIM 2013: $14 ASA Oral Prep Guide: $12 Gleim Written Prep Guide: $12 Sporty’s Study Buddy Written Prep: Free Airplane Flying Handbook: Free Online Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: Free Online POH – $8 (eBay) Sectional (one free) – $8 A/FD (x2): $10 TOTAL: $64 Exam Fees Written Exam: $150 3rd Class Medical: $110 DPE Fee: $450 TOTAL: $710 Rental/CFI Costs/Landing Fees/Travel Plane & Instructor: $12,100 (152 @ $119, CFI @ $45, Landing Fees @ $2.50) Train Rides: $898 ($18 round trip – $21.50 round trip at start of training) TOTAL: $12,998 Scholarship Girls With Wings Dreams Take Flight: -$500 GRAND TOTAL: $13,444
So there you have it, that’s what I spent to make this dream come true. I think it was worth it, I’m not sure what else I would have done with that money. I don’t regret anything.
I’d love to know what the break down is for other ratings, you know, if I’m thinking about getting those. 😉