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Fixed-Wing (Airplane) Program Pricing

Flight School Is a Significant Investment, So What's included?

It's important to know what you're paying for when making such a big investment. Here's what's included:

  • Private Certification- You can operate an airplane for personal use
  • Instrument Rating- Fly an aircraft with low or no visibility
  • Commercial Rating- Get paid to fly airplanes
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)- Teach students and get paid to do so
  • Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument- Get paid to teach instrument rating

You'll also learn these real-world flight skills: Picture of Baron multi-engine aircraft flying over kolob canyon

  • Spin Training- How to escape and manage a downward spiral
  • Multi-Engine (MEL) - You'll learn how to operate a multi-engine aircraft (like our Beechcraft Baron B55)
  • Tail Wheel Transition- Operate a tail-wheel aircraft like our Citabria

To give you a further edge on your competition and increase your odds of a high-paying Airplane pilot job, you'll receive: cirrus-linup

  • An Accredited Degree From Southern Utah University- You'll have a degree from an accredited university with over 100 years of history.
  • Campus Resources- Everything you need to get you through school, from the free tutoring and writing centers to academic advising.
  • Financial Counseling- Help through the Financial Aid Center and Veterans Association to help you pay for school and make financial decisions.
  • Career Counseling- Career advice about everything from resumes to interviews.

There's just a few things you'll need to cover yourself. We think it's important to let you know before you come:

  • FAA Medical Exam -So the FAA can certify that you're fit to fly. Price differs between medical examiners. Normally $80-$120
  • Books and Supplies- Varies student to student, but typically only a few hundred dollars
  • Flight Gear- Such as a flight computer, headset, and charts. Price varies depending on quality.

How Veterans Can Pay For Airplane Flight Training

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As a veteran you have excellent funding options through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. This bill can cover up to the full cost of your flight fees and tuition if you qualify. Most of our veteran students qualify for full funding.

Additionally, you may qualify for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) while you attend our program. Most veterans qualify while in our program.

SUU Aviation is one of the only flight schools to accept full Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

You can view our list of nation-wide airplane scholarships.

Will I find a Job as a Pilot?

The chances of you finding a job as a fixed-wing pilot are very high. Over the next two years the pilot shortage is expected to immerge. A 2018 study by Boeing predicts an increase of commercial airplane pilots to 635,000 by 2036. More than 90% of our Bachelors degree graduates are currently working as paid airplane pilots. We have constant contact with industry leaders to place our students in some of the top jobs.

The Return on Investment (ROI)

For every $1 fixed-wing pilots spend on education they make about $55.

To put that into perspective, lawyer's typically earn $30 on average for every dollar they spend in education and doctors about $36. These professions take about 7-10 years of schooling where becoming a pilot only takes about two years.

Sources: Business Insider, Glassdoor, americanbar.org, insidejobs.com and bestmedicaldegrees.com

Current Pricing Sheet

If you're interested in investing in flight training take a look at our Pricing Sheet.

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