Average Cost per Lesson
The short version...
A typical flying lesson will average between $250 -
$290 per lesson.
Based on our current airplane
rental and instructor rates (valid as of
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 discuss your performance
during the lesson so we can focus on improving your
knowledge and skills, and we brief you on what to prepare
for when you return for your next lesson.
During your 2-hour flight 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"), which is used to keep track of your
flying time and bill the appropriate airplane rental
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
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.