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Old 08-19-2018, 07:39 PM   #11  
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I just went back to check this against what we got from Amer Flyers a while back: sim: $145/hr; dual 172: $270; ground: $100

Yeah, ouch. But then we got a quote from our local FBO/flight school...

sim: $155/hr; dual (diamond): $274; ground: $67

Double Ouch. It is ridiculous. There has to be a better way.
I worked with a local independent CFI (and the best by far of the 4 I have flown with). I pay $135 Solo and $180 duel.

Stay away from the larger schools and you can save a bunch, however there can be some downsides such as scheduling availability etc when going with an independent CFI.
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Old 08-23-2018, 07:20 AM   #12  
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Just a final note on this. Although American Flyers hourly rates are a bit higher than some others, here in the NYC tri-state area they are not the highest by far. Even some of the "acclaimed" mom and pops in the area are the same or higher. Plus they are quoting much higher hours - like way more. Our local FBO quoted 50% higher total cost than AF. I completely understand wanting to get quality instruction/time, but come on. I am also not comfortable traveling to East Jabib somewhere to an unknown flight school with suspiciously low prices.

This has been a frustrating experience, to say the least. It seems there are tradeoffs no matter which way you get the ratings done.
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