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Average Cost per Lesson

Based on our current rates (valid as of )

The short version...
A typical flying lesson will average between $250 - $290 per lesson.

The long version...
A typical flying lesson is based on a 2-hr block of time, so the cost for the instructor's time will be 2x $50, or $100 a lesson. Billing out flight instruction like this allows for crucial flight briefings, both before and after each flying lesson.

A pre-flight briefing is important, because we want to establish goals for each flight lesson and to make sure our clients know what we are going to try to accomplish every time they come out to fly.

We use the post-flight briefing to talk about what you did right, what you did wrong, and what you need to prepare for your next flying lesson. This will help you maximize your learning each time you come out to the airport. There is no point in spending money on a flying lesson, if your instructor does not have time to discuss it with you!

During your 2-hour lesson, you only pay for the airplane while you are actually using the airplane. There is a timer in the airplane (called a "hobbs meter").

So, if you fly the airplane for exactly 1 hour during your 2-hour lesson, you would pay $150 for the airplane and $100 for instruction, which would come to $250 for that lesson. And if, for example, you use the airplane for 1.2 hours, that would be $180 for the airplane and $100 for instruction - or $280 for the lesson.

It should be noted, that some of our clients prefer longer lessons, which means the cost of each lesson will be more.

Also, in the beginning of your training, there is so much material to cover it's often a good idea to have some extra instruction before/after each flight lesson to help bring things together.

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   American Airman, Inc. - Long Island Flying
   Phone: 631-807-1373