UAA Flight Training Costs

Fees Per Course

Required Courses Flight Fees (see note)* Flight Hours              
Private (C172 or DA-20) $14,454 50
Instrument $14,118 50
Commercial I $5,511 21.5
Commercial II $8,514 33
Commercial III $9,639 35.5
Multi-Engine (MEL) $7,875 15




Optional Courses    
CFI $7,224 25
Add-On Rating- CFII $5370 15

Add-On Rating - MEI

$12,525 25

Helicopter to Fixed Wing
Transition Courses (see note)**


Rotor Transition Instrument

$5,562 16

Rotor Transition Commercial 1

$5,148 17

Rotor Transition Commercial 2

$5,208 18

Rotor Transition Commercial 3

$6,312 20


Aircraft/Instructor Costs

Description Rate
Instructor Rate $60/hr
Diamond DA-20 $210/hr
C172 $210/hr
C172 RG $210/hr
Comanche (twin-engine)  $375/hr
Redbird Simulator(s)  $48/hr

Additional Costs May Include:

  • Checkrides (est. $1,250 each)
  • Flight Bag 
  • Charts 
  • Headset


*Note: The costs listed above are based on the minimum flight and ground lesson hours built into the syllabus for each course.  Every student learns at a different pace, and many factors can affect the rate at which students attain proficiency.  If a student needs additional training hours (more than what is listed in the syllabus), costs will exceed the projections above.   UAA Flight Operations recommends budgeting for at least 15% over minimum course costs listed here. 

**Note: You must have a commercial helicopter license to take Rotor Transition courses.

This page shows a breakdown of estimated flight fees, but does not include the cost of tuition.  (See Aviation Program Costs for program estimates).