Frequently Asked Questions

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1 - Learning to Fly

Affordable Flight TrainingAffordable flight training is a reality by training in a LSA aircraft for any certificate. Why? Because LSA aircraft are cheaper to buy and operate. Costs for a flight student for a Private Pilot certificate are in the $6,500 to $9,000 range in a LSA and that same certificate in a bigger plane, the costs start at $10,000 and can be over $15,000.

LSA aircraft do have limits, particularly around weight and height. Large people, either in height or weight will sometimes have to train in a larger aircraft, such as a Cessna 172.

Leighnor Aircraft successfully trains Commercial Pilots and Flight Instructors in our LSA aircraft in addition to Sport Pilot and Private Pilot certificates.

Affordable Flight Training – Cost of Acquisition

To understand why affordable flight training can be done in a LSA, let’s consider two new trainers. A brand new Cessna 172 which is a $450,000 airplane and a brand new Aeroprakt A22LS, which is a $125,000 airplane. So a school can buy over three LSA trainers for the price of a Cessna 172. The Cessna 172 is a 180-HP engine aircraft which burns 8-11 gallons of fuel per hour. By comparison the Aeroprakt has a 100-HP engine and it burns 4-5 gallons of fuel per hour.

New Aeroprakt prices may be verified at Aeroprakt USA.

Cost of Maintenance

Now consider the aircraft’s maintenance which is an extremely key part of affordable flight training. Aircraft used in the flight training business are required to have annual and 100-hour operation inspections. That new Cessna 172 has dozens of inspection plates and requires almost two days to complete either of those inspections. But the Aeroprakt? No inspection plates exist and an inspection is a morning’s work. This difference in times means labor charges to maintain the LSA aircraft is considerably less than the Cessna 172.

All of these factors combine to make affordable flight training a reality in one of Leighnor Aircraft’s LSAs. At Leighnor Aircraft, a flight student really can accomplish more by flying with Leighnor!

Federal minimums under FAA regulations for a Private Pilot certificate are 40 hours total flight time and 20 hours dual instruction flight time.

With prepayment credits and flying club membership at Leighnor Aircraft, the hourly cost of a training aircraft is going to be just less than $100/hour.

For easy math, my examples will use $100/hour as the aircraft cost.
Total time – 40 x $100 = $4,000, Instructor – 20 x $40 = $800
Books, materials, examiner fee and headset (assume reasonable) $800 – $1,500

So, at a minimum, you will probably spend about $6,000 for a Private Pilot certificate based on Federal minimums.

National averages for Private Pilot certificates are in the 60-70-hour range and probably closer to 30 hours of instruction.

Total time – 65 x $100 = $6,500, Instructor – 30 x $40 = $1,200, Books et al – $800 – $1,500

Based on these estimates, you’ll be around $8,000 total cost if you fall more into the national average.

Most flight instructors in an ideal situation would recommend two to three lessons in a week’s period. Any more lessons and you risk saturating a new pilot with too much information too soon. On the other side of the question, a new flight student would want to try and fly at least once a week. Stretching the time out further than a week will risk having to relearn material from the prior lesson.

Weather will also sometimes impact the timeline. A stretch of bad weather or high winds could introduce additional time into learning to fly.

Student pilots also need to have time to study to pass a written test. There is also material that will have to be reviewed as part of your aviation training.

Typically a 2-4 month period of time will allow for a student to get through flight training and pass the Private Pilot or Sport Pilot check ride.