Yahoo Voices recently had an article posted about how one person saved money on flight lessons.
My first degree was in aviation. Yes, I went to college to fly airplanes. It was a fantastic degree, but it was also extremely expensive. Flight lesson fees aren’t included with tuition. That meant that along with $10,000 a year in tuition, I had to pay for another $5000 in flight lessons, and that’s a cheap private pilot’s license. Most people need $10,000 and several years, but there are ways to avoid paying the extra $5000 and get a private pilot’s license in a year…
…All in all, by being a vigilant student, paying attention to where you fly and who you fly with, you can shave $2500 off the cost of a private pilot’s certificate. These are the things I did when I first entered flight school and was able to attain my private pilot’s certificate with about $6000 versus the national average of $10,000.
I love hearing stories about creative things you can do to shave a little cost off of expenses, even something as off the cuff as flight lessons. I think doing your research and preparing yourself ahead of time are great ways to save a significant amount of money in the long run for those willing to put forth the effort.