How can one reduce their overall flight training costs? In this blog post, we discuss some of the smart ways to save money on your next flight lesson. These range from maintaining the proper flight training schedule, choosing the right aircraft, maximising available resources among other smart tips.
1. Ensure you know what the lesson will be about
By knowing in advance what your lesson will be about, you will save precious time which you can allocate to actual flying than talking about the new concepts with your flying instructor. You will also master a flying maneuver quicker thus will not spend additional funds on remedial flight training. If you are a student at Eastrise, our online flight school is your free resource aimed at building your theory which you can apply in the air during flight training.
2. Fly when it’s less busy
Unless you are at advanced stages, you must schedule your training flight during less busy times of the day. Flying schools will charge you the moment the aircraft engine starts running. They are in the business of making money so they will not worry about keeping you on hold for long because that brings them money. You want to maximise your flight lesson than keep holding for commercial traffic to land and takeoff or to keep some wake turbulence separation. This is only possible when your lesson is scheduled during less busy times of the day.
3. Learn to fly in small aircraft
Small aircraft consume less fuel. This is especially true for newer aircraft which can be trusted for reliability and fuel efficiency. The lower the fuel and operating costs, the cheaper the aircraft hourly rate will be. In practice, you can earn your private or commercial pilot’s licence in a single engine aircraft and then upgrade in the future.
4. Choose an integrated package if available
If utilised wisely, integrated packages will help you to save money. For example, at Eastrise, our integrated PPL course takes 60 flight hours. This means that our students will graduate with a PPL and night rating within those 60 hours. Students thus save money on ground school and flight training, which they would have spent if the courses were taken separately.
5. Get some hours in the flight simulator
You can legally log up to 5 hours of your required training hours on an approved flight simulator training device (FSTD). Almost in all cases, hourly charges for FSTDs are far much lower than flying in an actual aircraft.
6. Explore some free resources
You do not have to buy anything for your flight training. For example, you can download free Malawi air law study text from our website and get started as you save up for your flight training. You can also explore free flight training courses online which will help you build a foundation on flying training.
7. Complete ground school first
Flying training does not take long. Ground school does. By starting with ground school, you save money and time which you would have spent after completing flying lessons with ground school not yet completed. In the aviation world, building proficiency requires that you fly regularly. With uncompleted ground school, you will be forced to continue flying (and incurring additional costs) to ensure you maintain proficiency. Completing ground school first will ensure that you progress well with your flying training and enable you to take proficiency tests shortly after completing your last flying lesson. At Eastrise, you have a choice of starting with ground school first or to take both ground and flight school courses simultaneously.