A private pilot's license is worth it
WHAT DOES A PRIVATE PILOT COST?
The costs amount to an average of around € 9,500 (as of September 24, 2006), including 45 hours of flying on a two-seater aircraft, flight instructor, training in theory PPL (A), flight documents and 200 landings (an average of around 180 landings required).
Official fees and examination costs at the aviation doctor are not taken into account. Depending on your talent and time commitment, this information can also differ. the average of the pilots (more than 75 kilograms), you will have to choose another aircraft for training - that is, one that is suitable for your weight.
This will usually be a Cessna 172 (four-seater) with 160 hp. Of course, the seating comfort is much more comfortable there than in a two-seater. On average, an additional price of approx. € 0.7 / minute is charged for such aircraft. With at least 45 training flight hours, this results in an additional amount of € 1,890.00. In addition, there is the aliquot higher landing fee for a heavier aircraft.
Please do not press your flight school or flight instructor to be allowed to fly on a two-seater machine - it is forbidden and the insurance pays nothing in the event of an accident, as the aircraft is clearly overloaded.
For cost reasons, can a combined training be done, for example on an ultralight or motor glider and then with a motorized airplane?
In principle, yes, because the legislature does not prohibit it.
But it makes no sense if you are aiming for a private pilot's license right away - because you learn how to operate the ultralight or motor glider beforehand and then you start all over again on the motor machine, which sometimes has completely different flight characteristics. Despite a small price advantage that you could get, we do not recommend this method ostensibly.
If you only do your PPL training on a motor glider or an Ultralight, you will only receive a TMG or UL LICENSE.
However, if you want to have an unrestricted pilot's license and then only fly on a motor glider or ultralight, you can apply for the PPL (A) license extension by proving that you have flight hours on the motor glider or ultralight and you can get this without any further problems.
WHAT AND HOW DO I PAY?
You have to talk about money! An important thing is therefore the flow of payments to the flight school. Note that well-off flight schools never charge the entire amount of training at once.
There is certainly nothing wrong with paying the theory course fee at the beginning. Nothing speaks against the payment of the membership and annual fee, because club flight schools are only allowed to train club members - otherwise they lose their non-profit status.
In any case, trust-building is when you can, for example, pay the actual flight and instructor fees "step by step" -
so payment first to Maintenance of performance.
Unfortunately, some flight schools, the last one only at the beginning of 2004, have already gone bankrupt and so one should not be committed to an immediate payment of the total amount - or only against appropriate reassurance of the creditworthiness of the flight school.
What are serious offers - what do you get for them? Do so-called "cheap offers" use or are they just a lure to get in - with further subsequent costs? Can I clearly understand the breakdown of costs?
In order to offer targeted, professional and timely training, some commercial schools are increasingly selling so-called training packages with syllabi (list and overview of training units). That's fine.
But be careful - trap:
However, if the customer is promised a considerable reduction in hours or a dumping price, for example through the use of a new, revolutionary aircraft, you should listen carefully and ask for more detailed information. Dumping prices in training often turn out to be the more expensive alternative after completing the training - quite a few flight students then ultimately paid more than hoped. All flight schools boil with water and everyone is subject to the same quality criteria - in comparison to commercial and non-profit flight schools, a commercial flight school must also make a profit. Also, as a precaution, ask whether executions have been carried out against the provider.
Often a dubious dumping offer hides a horse's foot that needs to be recognized in advance. If the exam is made palatable to you in fewer hours than required by law, clarify the following:
"Is PASSING THE EXAM the same as receiving a LICENSE?
Can the rights and obligations that are defined in accordance with the license you are seeking actually be exercised after passing the practical test?
So have 45 real flight hours actually been offered or in some cases only so-called cheap "procedural trainer hours" that we do not even advise you in the basic training for the PPL?
Does the flight school guarantee you before the contract is signed that you will actually be able to fly after the offered, presumably very short flight hours, i.e. that you will receive your PPL without any further personal contributions?
How many landings are actually included in the offer (based on our experience you need an average of around 180 landings) or, for example, are only 100 to 150 landings offered and do you have to buy the remaining landings at a high price?
Can it happen that you cannot get by with the flight hours and then have to pay more carefully?
Does the training have to be discontinued if the flight school does not manage to teach you to fly within the flat-rate price range offered?
What will actually be paid back if you drop out of your training - the entire costs due to the failure of the school or ...? Or do you then stand there and, due to a lack of further trust, have to look for another flight school that will complete your training?
Are the costs of the required teaching materials included in the course package? If not, ask for a clear list of the learning materials to be used, including a price list. However, do not ask for your own flight school documents, but insist on recognized teaching materials such as specialist books, etc.
Do not calculate with borrowed teaching materials, as some of them may be out of date / outdated. And: You will still need it after your training - much of it as an important glimpse.
The total costs for the PPL (private pilot license) consist of:
Aviation doctor costs
Official fees for the student pilot card
Theory course PPL (A), identical to the TMG or UL course
Teaching materials (including your own headset!)
Airplane flight fees
Landing fees at your own place as well as foreign landing fees at other airports / places
Registration, exam and PPL (A) certificate fees
It is worthwhile to clarify these points thoroughly in advance. For example, with PPL (A) it is not possible to complete half of the private pilot training in the "flight simulator".
AUSTRO CONTROL recognizes a maximum of 5 hours on a JAR / STD approved flight procedure trainer. The remaining hours must be completed on the plane. In any case, the relevant provisions of the Civil Aviation Personnel Ordinance (ZLPV) are decisive.
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