Originally posted by DirtRider
Since you are a CFI you can answer his questions better than me. What does it cost the average student to get his pilots license? How many hours of classroom and how many in the air? Was I about right with prices for a plane and instructor being about $125 per hour? Is there a place you recommend going through around here over others?
I am curious for myself too because I am not a licensed pilot but may want to get my license.
Cost = Approx. 125 hr. for a Cessna 172 ($100 plane + $25 instructor) C-152's are cheaper if you can find them. Note: You're only charged for the plane when it's running.
Hours = Minimum 40 (20 w/ instr, 20 solo) Very few ever do it in the min time. Most run around 65ish. A lot of factors are involved such as skill, weather, scheduling. etc,etc. Plan on about 30 minutes to an hour of classroom before each lesson.(Classroom is less than flight instr.)
You'll need to take a 3rd class flight physical which consists of visiting a aviation medical examiner(doctor). Basically it consists of, can you see with or without glasses, can you hear, understand english, breath, any bad habits(drugs), mental illness, heart conditions, DUI's(charged or convicted), BP, cough(guys only)
, bend over and spread em'
Also, a written test must be passed, an oral exam with the flight examiner passed and an actual flight exam passed.
I know people at New Lenox Flight School. I used to teach there. I hope this helps. Good luck.