Flight Training Costs

Flight Costs

All flight fees shown are to be used as guidelines only and are subject to change. Variations in fuel price, student aptitude and performance, and other factors beyond the university's control may impact total flight course costs.

Cost for each flight course is the sum of four cost components: aircraft (dry/no fuel), fuel, flight instructor and flight training device (FTD/simulator). The component costs for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are:

Cost Component
Cost/Hour
Archer Aircraft (dry/no fuel) $135
Arrow Aircraft (dry/no fuel) $155
Citabria Aircraft (dry/no fuel) $135
Seminole Aircraft (dry/no fuel) $220
Warrior Aircraft (dry/no fuel) $124
Simulation Devices Cost/Hour
Frasca 242 (multiengine trainer)  $90
Frasca Mentor $60
Redbird Crosswind Trainer $40
Redbird MCX $70
Flight Instruction $60
Fuel
Current market price/gallon multiplied by the average fuel consumption rate for the aircraft flown multiplied by the actual flight hours.

 Budgeting for Flight

Flight training costs are incurred in addition to the university's regular tuition and fees. To assist in budgeting flight costs, Table A lists typical annual flight costs for the core flight courses, assuming a $6/gallon fuel price. Fuel is priced at the market rate, and due to the changing cost of fuel, oil and other petroleum products, a surcharge may be added.

TABLE A: Core Flight Curriculum

  Minimum
Flight Hours 
Typical Cost Outcome
Year 1 70 $21,550 Private Pilot License plus additional experience
Year 2 38 $11,908 Instrument Rating
Year 3 95 $25,572 Commercial Pilot Multiengine (CP-ME)
Year 4 25 $12,282  Flight Instructor – Airplane (elective)
Total 228 $71,312  

 The largest single variable in flight training cost is student performance. Success in minimum time and cost can only be achieved with student dedication and thorough preparation for each lesson. Flight training performance incentive scholarships shall be awarded for first-year students whose flight training progress meets established goals for various flight phases. Additional flight electives beyond the core flight courses may be required depending on the degree program selected. Elective flight course minimum costs are listed in Table C.

TABLE B: Core Flight Courses Minimum Costs (with fuel/per term)

Core Courses Credit
Hours
Minimum
Flight 
Hours
Typical Cost
AVF 1001 Flight 1 2 45 $11,986
AVF 1002 Flight 2 2 25 $9,564
AVF 2001 Flight 3 2 38 $11,908
AVF 2102 Flight 4  2 95 $25,572
Total   203 $59,030

 TABLE C: Elective Flight Courses Minimum Costs

Elective Courses
(minimum flight fees with fuel) 
Credit
Hours
Minimum
Flight 
Hours
Min. Cost
AVF 1000 Private Pilot Certificate 2 45 $13,346
AVF 1003 CP Stage 1 2 25 $5,995
AVF 2002 Flight 4 (CP-SE) 2 95 $21,438
AVF 2103 CP-SE Add-on to CP-ME 1 13 $4,127
AVF 3001 Flight Instructor-Airplane 2 25 $8,680
AVF 3002 Flight Instructor-Instrument 2 15 $4,515
AVF 3004 Complex Instrument (Arrow) 2 16 $4,202
AVF 3005 TAA Instruments 2 6 $5,314
AVF 3008 Aerobatic Flight (Citabria) 1 7 $2,626
AVF 3009 Intermediate Aerobatic (Citabria) 1 7 $2,586
AVF 3010 International Operations (Seminole) 1 6 $2,987
AVF 3012 Conventional Gear Transition (Citabria) 1 12 $4,110
AVF 3101 CFI-SE Add-on to MEI 2 NA $6,938
AVF 4001 Multiengine Pilot 2 19 $8,474
AVF 4002 Flight Instructor-ME 2 25 $10,023
AVF 4003 Air Taxi 2 19 $7,040
AVF 4006 ME Crew Operations 2 50 $10,466
AVF 4090 Special Topics in Flight Training 0–3  Varies Varies
AVF 4090 Jet Transition (Special Topics) 2   $3,800
AVF 4102 Initial CFI-ME 2 28 $10,300
AVF 4500 Commercial Pilot Certificate and Type Rating 3 Varies $11,500

 Additional Costs

Books and Equipment $750
FAA Written Tests $165/each
FAA Medical Exam $100
FAA Examiner Checkride $550/$700/each

Making Your Flight Payment

The Panther Card must be used to pay flight costs on a pay-as-you-go basis. An initial deposit of $4,000 (or the minimum flight course cost if less than $4,000) is required at the beginning of each course. Flight costs are calculated and deducted from the Panther Card account at the conclusion of each lesson. A $1,000 minimum balance is required in most courses to ensure flight training continuity.