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Cost of flight training - the good ol' days...


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I was watching a rerun of The Jeffersons the other day. In it, Gge wanted to take up a hobby & he decided flying would be it. The show actually was pretty good in telling what to expect about learning to fly, but then they talked of the cost of getting a PPL...

 

$1700!

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yeah, but he had six dry cleaners, one near you.

 

I got my PPL several years ago in a 150 and I think it was around $3,000. The PPL helicopter add-on last year was $15K.

 

Out of high school I looked into getting my PPL, and it was $80/hour for the R-22. When I first started my training(89'), the R-22 was $100/hour! Things have changed a bit, eh!

 

I was talking to my landlord, and he would rent a C-152 in the early to mid 60's for $6.50/hour! OMG!

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The Jeffersons ran from 1975 to 1986.

Assume they were talking about $1700 in 1980, that would be $4552 in 2006.

 

$100 in 1989 is now about $164.

Just did some googling and found that it seems to costs about $225 (supervised solo) to rent an R22.

That is about a 37% increase.

 

$6.50 in 1965 is now about $41.

Its about $80 for a 152.

This is about 96% increase.

 

Inflation Calculator http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

 

-Darwin

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The Jeffersons ran from 1975 to 1986.

Assume they were talking about $1700 in 1980, that would be $4552 in 2006.

 

$100 in 1989 is now about $164.

Just did some googling and found that it seems to costs about $225 (supervised solo) to rent an R22.

That is about a 37% increase.

 

$6.50 in 1965 is now about $41.

Its about $80 for a 152.

This is about 96% increase.

 

Inflation Calculator http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

 

-Darwin

 

 

Ahh- the good ol days. 1986 Watson was charging $95 an hour....even then I could only fly twice a year !!

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Started in the R-22 in 1994 in Nampa, Idaho for $135/hr...(you could still get @100/hr in southern cali. solo.)

fixed wing rating in Pocatello, Idaho in 1997 the package deal was 2800... I was an employee of the FBO and received a scholarship thru the university.... ended up costing me $500 total. Sweet deal! I could rent their 210 for $50/hr. wet. Now the fuel alone costs more than that. Somebody please invent a new fuel or a new engine that runs on water.

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Started flying in the early 90's. A Cessna 150 rented for $30.00 hr wet, IFR Cherokee 180 was $38.00 wet. (IFR then was 2 nav-coms, ADF and Xponder) Aztec twin was $55.00 hr. We even had a Robinson dealer on field, I could never afford it then but I think they rented the R22 for around 85-$90.00 hr.

The FBO now rents an old worn out 172 for $85.00 hr wet, same old IFR panel with an old Bendix king GPS and around 7 million airframe hours. No complex, twins or helicopters to rent for any amount of money.

My Instructor cost $20.00 hr, of which he received $10.00. That same Instructor still works at the field, Has been instructing for 30 plus years. Now they charge $30.00 of which he receives $15.00. Guess some things never change. :(

 

Clark B)

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