FAA Certificate and Rating Price Chart for 2014

I just passed my FAA ATP Part 121 written exam, and the escalating price of training came up in conversation when I was at the airport.

FAA Cert./Rating Min. (Part 141/61) 2000 2014 How to Save Money
Sport 20 hours NA $5,000 choose experienced CFI
Recreational 30 hours $3,000 $7,000 choose experienced CFI
Private 35/40 hours $5,000 $10,000 choose experienced CFI
IFR 40 hours $5,000 $10,000 practise with PC simulator
Multiengine add-on 10* hours $1,000 $3,000 choose experienced CFI
Commercial 190/250 hours $25,000 $50,000 instruct or consider buying a plane if you want ATP
ATP CTP (groundschool)***   NA $5,000 write exam before Aug. 2014
ATP Sim (motion)***   NA $15,000 write exam before Aug. 2014 or combine with type rating
ATP-R (Part 141 only) 1,000/1,200 hours NA $150,000-$200,000 instruct or buy a plane
ATP (Part 61) 1,500 hours Free** $100,000-$200,000 instruct (hard to get 500 hours x-country though) or buy a plane

* = approximate average flight hours needed
** = airline pilot applicants could get hired with only a Commercial and build hours toward ATP B.C. (Before Colgan accident)
*** = only required for ATP with class multi and/or getting ATP during type rating (ie. potential airline pilot)

A member on PPRuNE wrote: “There can not be a SIC on a single pilot a/c, but there can be numerous PIC’s. PIC time for the person who signed for the a/c; PIC time for the person who is the sole manipulator; PIC for the safety pilot(if the sole manipulator is “under the hood”); PIC for the IP and the student(if the student already has a ASEL rating. Any of the above combinations are acceptable. Get this… Sole manip under the hood, safety pilot beside him in front seat, pilot who signed for a/c in the back seat( if s/he is a certificated IP or check airman)— all can log PIC under FAA rules. I didn’t make the rules and do not necessarily agree with this practice, but that is how the FAR’s are written. While the latter example is theoretically correct and legal, I think it would be a stretch to log time in that manner. ”

Please leave a comment with any suggestions or corrections.

AC 61-138 – Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program
CTPs: All ATPs,
wikipedia: Pilot Certification
How Regional Airlines might deal with new ATP written requirements

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