1) Is 50 hours a good average to earn an FAA pilot certification, if you pick it up well, or what is the average flight time hours for an FAA pilot certification? 2) What additional costs would be needed to get the FAA pilot certification, besides the 50 hours, if you are a good learner and pilot? 3) How much gas (in gallons or whatever your unit of measurement is),do you typically spend on average during a 1 hour flight? 4) Given that gas prices change, how many gallons of Jet Fuel or gas does one need on average to fly50 hours? and/or get an FAA pilot certification?
brett t. asked on May 29, 2012
Depending on how often you fly and how well you pick it up 50-hours is a good amount of time. The national average is 50-70 hours and we chose 50 because even if you don't get done at 50, the additional costs won't be too much. 2. I set up a page with all of the additional costs. This program is for just the aircraft time, the most expensive part of learning to fly. Instruction and fuel are paid at the end of each flight. Here is the page: http://www.lrn2fly.com/Groupon_deal.html. 3. The Cessna 172 burns between 6 and 10 gallons per hour depending on what you are working on. If you are doing a lot of take off and landings it can burn 11 or 12 per hour and if you are doing slow flight it can burn less than 6. We use 8 gallons per hour as an average.. 4. The airport has a program where they charge $0.05 to $0.10 per gallon over their cost. Right now it's $5.15 a gallon. If fuel prices go down they lower the price with each delivery. To get a ball park on fuel cost over 50 hours just multiply 8gphX50 hours X $x.xx per gallon. Right now that would be $2060 but over 6 months I would expect that to be more like $1600-$1800. Fuel was less than $4 a gallon not long ago. We use 100 LL not jet fuel by the way. The page I gave you the link to has it all broken down.
JD D. from Merchant replied on May 29, 2012