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Aviation Students

Aviation Students

Flight Costs

In addition to assisting you with tuition costs, our Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting you with financial aid for the costs associated with flying. There are many different loan options available. For example, dependent students might consider a Parental Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Options available to all students are what we refer to as "alternative loans." These loans are alternatives to the federal student loans. Both the PLUS loans and alternative loan programs can be used to cover your flight costs.

Aviation Admissions

Minimum Flight Training Costs

Effective Fall 2004

Private Pilot Flight Lab

$5,990*

20 hours dual (Archer)

$3,100

15 hours solo (Archer)

$1,725

1 hour dual (Aerobatic)

$195

3 hours dual (Frasca 141)

$120

Simulation Center lab fee

$100

FAA written exam

$50

Jeppesen training kit, headset, and publications

$500

Flight time for FAA check ride (approximate)

$200

Instrument Flight Lab

$5,240

26 hours dual (Archer)

$4,030

14 hours dual (Frasca 141/142)

$560

Simulation Center lab fee

$100

FAA written exam

$50

Jeppesen training kit and publications

$300

Flight time for FAA check ride (approximate)

$200

Commercial Pilot Flight Lab (Cross Country)

$6,250

40 hours solo (Archer)

$4,600

10 hours dual (Archer)

$1,550

Simulation Center lab fee

$100

Commercial Pilot Flight Lab (Advanced)

$7,055

8 hours dual (Arrow)

$1,440

5 hours solo (Arrow)

$700

2 hours dual (Archer)

$310

31 hours solo (Archer)

$3,565

10 hours dual (Frasca 141)

$400

2 hours dual (Aerobatic)

$390

FAA written exam

$50

Flight time for FAA check ride (approximate)

$200

Multi-Engine Rating

$3,705

12 hours dual (Seminole)

$2,760

8 hours dual (Frasca 142)

$320

Simulation Center lab fee

$100

FAA written exam

$50

Jeppesen training kit and publications

$150

Flight time for FAA check ride (approximate)

$325

Estimated total flight training cost to meet degree requirements (Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-engine):

$28,240-$31,150

These totals are budgetary guidelines only. Variables such as weather, fuel costs, pilot physical condition, and pilot supplies may affect cost. This figure could be more or less depending on a student's progress.

*The average Westminster student requires about 60 hours to complete the Private Pilot rating; therefore, flight costs average about $8700.

Note: FAA Practical Tests (check rides) are required to earn ratings and represent an additional $1400 total cost (paid directly to the designated examiner, not the college). Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Multi-Engine check rides are currently $350 each. CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) check rides are $500 each.

Total estimated flight & sim. lesson fees:

$25,765

Total estimated supplies/simulation lab fees:

$1,350

Total estimated FAA test fees:

$1,600

Total:

$28,715 min.

Additional Flight Costs: Electives

Effective Fall 2004

The following additional flight courses are offered as electives:

Flight Instructor (CFI) Lab

$5,455

15 hours dual (Archer)

$2,325

13 hours dual (Arrow)

$2,340

2 hours dual (Micco)-spins

$390

Simulation Center lab fee

$100

FAA written exam

$50

Jeppesen training kit and publications

$250

Flight Instructor--Instrument (CFII) Lab

$3,350

20 hours dual (Archer)

$3,100

5 hours dual (Frasca 142)

$200

FAA written exam

$50

Flight Instructor--Multi-Engine (MEI) Lab

$3,650

15 hours dual (Seminole)

$3,450

5 hours dual (Frasca 142)

$200

Hourly flight rates

Since students progress at different rates in flight courses, actual costs for flight courses vary. Actual costs are calculated by multiplying the number of training hours completed by the appropriate hourly rate. Students can request updates on their financial status in the course at any time.

Type Aircraft

Solo/Hour

Dual/Hour

Archer

$115

$155

Arrow

$140

$180

Seminole

(NA)

$230

Aerobatic (Micco SP26)

(NA)

$195

Frasca 141/142

no charge

$40

Jet Trainer

(NA)

$90

Ground Instruction**

(NA)

$40

** Students are not charged for regular pre-and post-flight ground instruction for each flight lesson. This is included in the one-credit lab fee and amounts to approximately one hour per flight lesson that is not billed.