NEW PILOTS & RATINGS
Our flight training is accomplished one-on-one with one of our certified flight instructors using our syllabus that has been created for our students by our staff and the FAA. We use the ASA products in our kit as well as FAA print materials. All of our student kits are supplemented with an ASA Private Pilot Virtual Course that will prepare you for your flight training, your written examination and your practical examination. This DVD course has proven to be a perfect supplement to the one-on-one teaching with our instructor base.
There is no formal ground school to attend and you are not required to fly on a strict schedule. All flying is accomplished on a schedule that you and your instructor will set up to meet your scheduling needs and desires. Your instructor will meet with you before and after each flight to discuss the current flight and your previous study assignments. During the post-flight debrief, your instructor will discuss the flight just completed and assign study subjects for the next lesson. Our experience has shown that this format is very effective because it gives our students the flexibility to schedule the lessons at a time that is most convenient for them. Louisville Aviation is an authorized Sennheiser Headset dealer and an authorized David Clark Headset dealer so we can outfit our new students in entry level headsets or active noise reduction headsets with cell-phone and MP3 input capabilities. We demo these headsets for the first few lessons in order to allow the students to confirm their commitment to flight training prior to making this initial purchase.
One of the most common questions asked is, What will it cost to get a private pilot’s license? That’s a great question and one that doesn’t have a definitive answer. The short answer is $7741.60 if you can obtain your license in the minimum required flight time outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration which is 40 hours. The national average is between 70 and 80 hours so we estimate the average cost that our students are spending to obtain their license is approximately $8000.00. See below for a cost breakdown of the typical private pilot’s license course. This price does not include renter’s insurance (or non-owned aircraft insurance) which can be purchased quite affordably and offers the student/renter aircraft damage and liability protection. Price Breakdown:
20 Hours Dual Flight Instruction: Airplane $88.00 hour - $1760.00
(FAA minimum requirement) Fuel $50.40 hour - $2016.00
Instructor $30.00 hour - $600.00
20 Hours Solo Time: Airplane $88.00 hour - $1760.00
(FAA minimum requirement) Fuel $50.40 hour - $605.60
Private Pilot Kit (logbook, FAR/AIM, manuals & DVD Ground School Course) - $295.00
AviationHeadset - $305.00
FAA Medical Exam (completed by Aviation Medical Examiner - AME) - $75.00
Written Exam Fee (certified testing center) - $75.00
FAA Examiner Checkride Fee (private party) - $250.00
Approximate Total for Private Pilot's License - $7741.60
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Before introducing our fleet, we would like to provide a brief overview of our aircraft maintenance and care programs that help separate us from other flight schools. First and foremost, our aircraft are all kept in individual hangars thus keeping them out of the elements. We also do routine oil changes at intervals at twice the recommended rate and we send oil from every oil change to an oil analysis company in order to remain active in a trend monitoring program of all of our engines. This oil analysis will keep us up to speed on the current, past and hopefully the future condition of our engines. Additionally, we use an FAA approved oil additive called AvBlend to make sure that our engines are lubricated with the best oil and additives available in the market. Lastly, all of our engines have heaters installed on them and are plugged-in during the winter months to provide the pilot with immediate heat upon start up and to keep the engine lubricated with warm oil immediately during the colder months. As you can see, our mechanic goes above and beyond to make sure that our aircraft are the best maintained in the aircraft rental industry!
Our rental aircraft are all rented at a dry rental rate which means that the renter is responsible for returning the aircraft to the hangar full of fuel. We also require each of our renters to clean the windscreen and the leading edges of the wings when they return after each flight so the next renter also has a nice, clean aircraft to fly.
2001 Cessna 172S
Our 2001 Cessna 172S is the newest acquisition to our fleet and is part of our continued fleet modernization plan. This aircraft recently returned from the paint shop with new colors and the engine shop with a newly overhauled engine. The avionics and interior are standard in the new Cessnas of today. This aircraft has a four-place intercom and an MP3 input jack. This aircraft rents for $88.00/hour with fuel not included. UPS employees will receive a courtesy discounted rate and renters wishing to purchase a non-refundable block of flight time of 10-hours or more will also receive a discounted rate.