Professional Pilot costs listed are an average cost though the actual amount will vary due to individual circumstance. This amount is in addition to room, board, tuition, and other costs associated with earning a bachelor’s degree.

Although the investment is great, keep in mind that the projected employment growth for airline and commercial pilots is trending higher than all other occupations. On average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, the annual pay for an airline and commercial pilot was $120k+. In addition, Southeast has a generous scholarship program. Visit our scholarship page for more information.  

Keeping Costs Low 

To help keep the overall cost of training to a minimum, US Aviation recommends the following best student practices:  

  • Be on time (early) and fully prepared for the lesson 
  • Study every single day and always do your homework 
  • Chair fly to practice all callouts, flows, checklists and procedures 
  • Utilize Solo Slim 
  • Train at least three times per week and fly extra when you can 
  • If you miss a day, make it up as soon as possible 
  • Make as much progress as you can when the weather is good 
  • Practice teaching out loud for the CFI and CFII course 
  • Keep yourself healthy and rested 
  • Make your training your priority 

2021-2022 Estimated Direct Costs

Missouri Resident  Non-Missouri Resident
Tuition* $7,461 $14,031
General Fees* $1,254 $1,254
Textbook Rental ($35 per course + tax)** $363 $363
Average Room Rate $6,789 $6,789
Meal Plan (15-Classic with $140 in flex) $3,120 $3,120
Estimated 2021-2022 Total Cost $18,987 $25,557

*Assumes 30 credit hours per year
**Additional instruction material may be required

PROFESSIONAL PILOT Average Flight Training Costs

Private Pilot Course

Hours Cost
Single Engine C172 50 $7,250
Flight Instruction 45 $2,925
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 30 $1,950
Total $12,125

CFI Course (C172)

Hours Cost
Flight Time 27 $3,915
Instruction 27 $1,755
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 25 $1,625
Total $7,295

Instrument Rating Course

Hours Cost
Single Engine C172 30 $4,350
Solo PC Simulator 10 $0
Redbird Simulator 14 $1,050
Flight Instruction 44 $2,860
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 20 $1,300
Total $9,560

CFII Course (C172)

Hours Cost
Flight Time 15 $2,175
Instruction 17 $1,105
Simulator 2 $150
Pre/Post Flight Instructor 11 $715
Total $4,145

Commercial Pilot Courses (Single Engine Initial + Multi Add-On)

Hours Cost
Multi Engine - OA34 17 $5,525
Single Engine - C172 99 $14,355
Flight Instruction 80 $5,200
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 35 $2,275
Sim 24 $1,800
Total $29,155

Turbine Training Sim

Hours Cost
Advanced Sim 15 $3,750
Instruction 15
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 5
Total $3,750

TOTAL AVERAGE REQUIRED TRAINING COST - $66,030

Some flight instruction course materials are available at no additional charge through the FAA.

MEI Course (PA34) Optional

Hours Cost
Flight Time 27 $8,775
Instruction 27 $1,755
Pre/Post Flight Instruction 15 $975
Total $11,505

Other Estimated Expenses

Cost
Written Exam Fees (PVT-CFII) $990
Headset $200
iPad (Recommended) $600
Total $1,790

The flight training cost reflect the average time required for training. Actual cost for total training will be very individualized based on the time each student spends with their instructor and time practicing to be proficient in the aircraft and/or simulator. Your training can cost less or more than the average listed here.

Location
Polytechnic Building 216
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 6825
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701