One of the greatest deterrents of learning to fly is cost, and that is why many do not follow their dreams. Learning to fly can be expensive. But there are several ways to reduce that cost - suggested by FlyingMag
Get a sport pilot license
The introduction of the Sport Pilot license gives you an opportunity to become a pilot in a total of 20 hours —half that required for the private pilot license. While the Sport Pilot license has limitations, the certificate still allows you to take a friend up for a flight to any airport in the United States, as long as you have a logbook endorsement to operate in Class B, C and D airspace.
This tip may at first glance appear a little bizarre, but it’s amazing how much money you can save by simply being prepared. Study the concepts for your upcoming lesson thoroughly and go over the required maneuvers in your head. You can also study for the written test on your own using a book or programs on-line, rather than taking a class or paying an instructor to teach you. Just make sure that you are learning the most up-to-date information.
Fly as often as you can
During flight training
, it is best to fly as often as you can. Piloting skills are perishable, especially in the beginning, and long breaks from flying are likely to degrade your knowledge of the concepts and the skills you’ve developed at significant cost. As a result, you end up spending more time and money re-learning concepts, procedures and aircraft handling skills. Make sure that you minimize interruptions to your training schedule and that you have more than enough money available to complete all the required training before you start.
Research your instructor
Before you commit to a flight instructor
, ask yourself or your CFI the following questions: Is this a person I want to spend an absolute minimum of 15 hours with, shoulder-to-shoulder, and many additional hours face-to-face in a classroom? Does this person appear knowledgeable? What syllabus is being used? Will the instructor still be working at the flight school
in six months? Is he or she applying for airline jobs? Is this person committed to my success as an aviator or more concerned with building time? These are questions that can have a major impact on the final price tag of your flight training.
Financing For Your Flight School Training
There are a few of financing options that are available to you. Before you start searching for other means of financing your flight training; you should check with your local flight school
to see what type of flight training financing they offer. Usually flight schools might have deals with local banks that could offer you reasonable rates for borrowing money for your flight training. FAFSA
- or Free Application for Federal Student Aid - is the first step in the financial aid process for your flight school. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. Most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid. Visit their website for more information.
Federal Stafford Loans (FFEL): Amounts may vary each year and are dependent on need and the grade year of the student.
Federal Stafford Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): The FFEL PLUS loan can be borrowed by the parents of the dependent undergraduate student to help pay for their child’s education. The PLUS loan is not based on financial need. The amount borrowed each year is limited to the cost of attendance less other forms of assistance.
Aviator College Financing
Preparing for college takes planning and organization. Paying for college usually requires some kind of financial aid. Students enrolled with Aviator College may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, Veterans Benefits, and Private Career Education Loans.
High school seniors in the last semester of school must fill out a FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. For those who qualify, the federal financial aid programs listed on the Financial Aid tab are available to any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident who is admitted to the College and has filed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To speak to the Financial Aid Administrator or Veterans Programs Administrator, call Amy Roth at 772-466-4822.Veterans Benefits
Aviator College Approved for Post 9/11 Chapter 33 Benefits - Full funding available for tuition and flight training.
Flight Training Academy FinancingPrivate Educational Loans
are available for all of the programs offered at Aviator Academy. The relationships we have established with our lenders offer our students the best suitable financial assistance for their individual needsAviator is accredited
by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). We are approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer low interest Federal Student Loans to students who qualify. These loans are available for students enrolled in our Professional Pilot Program, Commercial Pilot Program, and Veterans Professional Pilot Program.
The Federal Family Education Loan Plus (FFELP) is available for dependent students under 24 years of age. Parents can apply for full funding for flight training at low federal interest rates. You must submit an application for enrollment to Aviator before applying for federal financial aid. If you have additional questions contact our Financial Aid Department (772-466-4822) or Email.
To obtain more information about Private Educational Loans and Federal Student Loans, please contact our Financial Aid Administrator.
To apply for this funding:
Obtain your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov
Complete the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
To obtain further information go to www.studentaid.ed.gov
For free help in filling out the FAFSA go to www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa
You must submit an application for enrollment to the school before applying for financial aid.