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Additional ratings offered & our estimated cost

Instrument

To earn your Instrument Rating, you must log a minimum of 50 cross-country flight hours. You must also have a minimum of 40 hours of simulated or actual instrument time, 15 of which must come from an authorized instructor. 20 hours of training in our RedBird AATD Simulator counts towards your Instrument rating. Complete requirement details can be found here - CFR 61.65

Our estimated total cost for an Instrument Rating at CFC is $16-19,000, with a completion timeline of 3-6 months. Note that winter months make IFR training tougher, as the risk of icing is higher.

Instrument:

Cessna 172: 60 Hours - $10,500

Flight Instruction: 60 Hours - $3,900

Ground Instruction: 30 Hours - $1,950

Written Exam & Check Ride: $925

Total estimate: $17,275

Commercial

To earn your Commercial License, you must log a minimum of 250 total flight hours, 100 of which must be as Pilot-In-Command. You are also required to accumulate 50 cross-country hours, as well as 10 hours in a Technically Advanced Aircraft, Complex Aircraft, or a Turbine-powered Airplane. 30 hours of training in our RedBird AATD Simulator counts towards your Commercial license. Complete requirement details can be found here - CFR 61.129

Our estimated total cost for a Commercial License at CFC is $33-36,000 if you do not split time with another pilot. Total costs can be significantly reduced by time-splitting with other Commercial students. Our time-spit total cost estimate is $20-24,000.

Commercial:

Cessna 172: 150 Hours - $26,250

Complex/TAA: 10 Hours - $3,800

Flight Instruction: 20 Hours - $1,300

Ground Instruction: 20 Hours - $1,300

Written Exam & Check Ride: $925

Total estimate (no time split): $34,425

Total estimate (time split): $22,875

Certified flight instructor (CFI)

CFI Initial:

Flight Prep & Ground Training: $4,000

Written Exam (2): $350

Check Ride: $1,200

Total estimate: $5,550

Certified flight instructor instrument (CFIi)

Total estimate: $4,000

multi-engine instructor (MeI)

Total estimate: $4,000

Total estimate for all ratings (including private): $82,375

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