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Questions tagged [cost]

Questions relating to the costs of owning, renting or flying a plane, etc.

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How can I pay for flight school in the UK? [closed]

I want to apply for the British Airways future pilot programme. However, it costs £125,000. The biggest loan I can get is £20,000 so where am I supposed to get the rest of that money? I've heard ...
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What does it cost to get a hot air balloon to 30,000ft?

I'm interested to know what it would take to get a hot air balloon, with a 600lb load, to 30,000 feet. Is this cheaper than flying a plane with a similar load to the same altitude? If a special ...
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How much do '1,500 total hours with 500 multi crew hours' cost in Europe?

This company offer a 'fast-track' modular course which, in their words: Our speciality is the training of pilots with no flying experience to become Fastrack airline ready pilots by means of ...
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What are the approximate total training costs of flight school?

I don't really understand how pilots fund their training and then, how it is paid back. Could someone possibly provide a 'timeline' that covers: How much does flight school/training cost from being a ...
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How to measure the aircraft maintenance cost of a operator? [closed]

How to measure the aircraft maintenance cost of a operator? What tool or mechanism can be used to measure such performance? Or what index can be used to determine the performance?
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How much fuel does the A380 use for taxiing before takeoff?

How much fuel does the A380 use for taxiing before takeoff and after landing? What does it cost at today's pricing?
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Is $24.01 million for 15 used A320 reasonable?

A few hours ago the insolvent Austrian airline Niki was bought by the owner of British Airways, IAG for a whopping \$24.01 million (plus a further \$19.08 million to provide liquidity to the company). ...
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How much does it cost to design a jetliner's wing?

The cost of designing a brand new wing for a jetliner, compared to modifying an existing one—with or without the changes to the production line—how is it estimated? Related questions (bonus): Are ...
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How much of an improvement would a 1% weight decrease on an airplane be to the industry?

Say I thought of a very easy and inexpensive way to reduce the takeoff weight of a commercial airplane (body, fuel and passengers) by 1%. How much would this mean to the industry? Would it make much ...
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4 Boeing 707 for $50,000. Is that possible?

I'm helping a friend with an article on some issues in my country, mostly related to corruption. His English isn't very good, so here I go One of the cases he's analyzing is the sale of 4 Boeing-707 ...
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How does the U.S. Overflight Fee system work?

After going through the Overflight Fees on FAA.GOV, the following is clear and self-explanatory: Exact fees Method of Payment (online, via Pay.gov as mentioned on the page). What's not clear to me ...
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How are AFTN costs charged to ANSP's and Airspace Users?

I'd like to know how ANSP's like the FAA/SENEAM/etc.. get charged for sending and receiving messages over AFTN. I'm wondering if it is on a per characher/message basis or if they pay in bulk. Also, ...
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How much does it cost if someone falls ill before take-off?

A month or so ago, I flew from LHR to Australia, via Doha, on a Qatar Airways A380. Just as we were about to enter the runway at LHR, the captain announced that someone had been taken ill on the plane,...
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How much does it cost to add a glider rating to a PPL? [closed]

In Europe, how much does it cost to learn to fly gliders if you're already a private pilot? I am one, so I already have the medical and theory etc. but what cost can I expect for a GPL on top of a PPL?...
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What's an estimate for the cost of the cockpit technology on a 747 or 777?

Can anyone share what the percentage cost or dollar costs of cockpit instruments and related software is within a 747 or 777? PS- I'm a physician working in medical safety. Physicians can no longer ...
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Is there a KPI to measure average hours flown?

I am working on a report for a small charter airline and I want to set a key performance indicator (KPI) to measure average hours flown. Is there a practice in aviation field to consider optimum ...
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How can the Cirrus Vision jet be cheaper than its competition?

Cirrus Vision SF50 costs USD 2 million, compared to USD 5 million for comparable private jets. How is Cirrus able to offer a jet at such a substantially lower price? ...
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How much does a Hundred Dollar Hamburger actually cost? [closed]

Recently, the Technical Difficulties discussed the \$100 hamburger on their show Citation Needed. A "\$100 hamburger" refers to the practice of flying to another airport, eating a hamburger there, ...
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Since jet fuel is cheaper, why do pistons still use av-gas? [duplicate]

Since jet fuel is cheaper, why do pistons still use av-gas? Why is 100LL used at all?
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Which small, light aircraft are suitable for operating at very high elevations?

I live in Jammu and Kashmir, in an area with an average elevation of 4,500m / 14,700ft MSL . I would like to know what would be a good and cheap light aircraft to carry 3-4 people for a 3-4 hour ...
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How much does an ILS approach cost?

A statement in this question, asking how to pay fees for using the airport services, without being at the airport, inspires me to ask a question. Quote: (Yeah I know... you gotta pay for an ILS ...
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Can I have a free ride with airplane? [closed]

If I want to go from A to B, and there happens an airplane also goes from A to B, which has an empty seat, can I ask to go with it? It's like having a free ride in a carpool, but with airplanes? I ...
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Why Do General Aviation Aircraft Cost So Much? [duplicate]

Purchase price. Not total cost of ownership. This Aviation Question inspired mine. A quote From this article in Flying Magazine (Dated 2012): Cessna is holding the line on pricing, but the new ...
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Which kind of aircraft have the lowest operating cost?

As an owner of an aircraft (either for personal or commercial activities), what kind of aircraft is cheapest to operate? The aircraft must be able to carry at least one passenger not for money for at ...
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Do low-cost airlines make more profit than luxury airlines? [closed]

I was watching this TV show and it said that currently low-cost airlines e.g. Ryanair/Easyjet make more cumulative profits than more expensive long haul airlines such as British Airways and Virgin ...
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Why are ethanol piston engines apparently cheaper to maintain than avgas piston engines?

In the course of hunting for examples of 100% ethanol-powered piston engines, I found the Embraer EMB 202 from Brazil that is modifiable to be that way. But the article also says "The alcohol fuelled ...
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How much does a refueling stop for an Avro RJ85 cost in Bolivia/Colombia?

One possible motive for the LaMia disaster is that they were attempting to save money by not refueling. That may or may not be true and this is not the place to debate that. Reports say they were ...
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How much of an airline's costs are labor costs?

What percentage of a commercial airline's costs are labor costs? Can an airline run a low-cost operation without reducing the wages for crew and pilots, or subjecting them to long shifts? E.g. ...
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What is the cost per hour of a Gulfstream V?

Could someone inform me about the exact operational costs of a flight hour for this specific type of aircraft?
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Why do people put $1 & OVC on aircraft bills of sale?

When purchasing an aircraft a bill of sale is created to show transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. Bills of sale include what the seller was paid in exchange for the plane. But ...
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How does a dispatcher assign relative costs to trajectories in TOS?

In FAA's Combined Trajectory Options Program (CTOP) flight operators submit a set of possible routes (TOS—Trajectory Options Set) that the airline is willing to take for a given flight, if there is a ...
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Is solar power used (as auxiliary power) on commercial aircraft?

Are there any commercial aircraft that use solar energy in terms of auxiliary (not as main power source, as of now) power source ? If Yes, In what forms is the solar power used? If No, Why isn't ...
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Would it help airlines, if they knew passenger weight before hand? [duplicate]

Its known that pilots and technicians calculate the weight of the plane once everything is loaded, then they can decide on how much fuelling etc. needs to be done. Would it help airlines, if they ...
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How much does a Black Box Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) cost?

I'm curious if anybody can provide a rough price estimate for a commercial aviation ULB like those used on Black Boxes. Area of interest: Europe i.e. Euros, EASA CS-25. (For instance the RJI ULB-...
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What's the profit margin for airlines between fuel cost per seat price per seat to the customer? [duplicate]

I understand that there are other costs that go into the full price per seat, like maintenance, crew ect., but all I am asking about here is fuel.
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What keeps certified GA aircraft from being affordable?

A personal (pipe) dream of mine is to own a new aircraft, but the costs for certified GA aircraft is borderline outrageous. A new Cessna 172, considered an entry level aircraft, can go for well over \$...
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What's the breakdown of total development cost for the various components of an aircraft? [closed]

Can someone please explain citing an example Aircraft an approximate breakdown of the cost incurred in developing each part of the aircraft( fuselage, engine choices) and other things like ...
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How much does it cost to fly a plane? INCLUDING lessons, and everything else [closed]

It seems very difficult to find this information on any legitimate sites, so I'm going to ask here. I know nothing about flying, and this wouldn't happen for years to come, but I am curious. Let's ...
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Is there a difference in landing fees for charter and scheduled flights? [closed]

Is there a qualitative difference for landing fees/charges between charter and scheduled flights at a particular airport?
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What does the term “tanker” mean when used in regards to a passenger airliner?

In a comment on this answer: Airlines will tanker fuel if it's substantially cheaper at another airport I've wondered what that term meant before, and now this comment leads me to think that ...
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Are “zero-bag fares” really profitable for airlines?

Any extra weight costs the airline in fuel. So, if none of the passengers carry any extra luggage (be it checked in or cabin luggage), will it lead to lesser fuel for the airline, thus lesser expenses,...
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What are the services that MROs provide for corporate jets (private jets)? [closed]

What are typical Costs/Rates of Private(corporate jets) MRO Services in the Middle East/North Africa region?
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Why isn't aircraft structure inspection done by robots? Is there any known active research on the subject?

From my research I've found that (correct me if i am wrong): Structure inspection (in B,C and D Checks) including (visual, thermography, ultrasonic inspections) looking for structure damage of ...
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why does it cost so much just for an hour of training? [closed]

I'm currently in the process of becoming a pilot and the question I keep asking myself is why does it cost so much for just one hour?
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What factors should be included when calculating hourly aircraft operating cost? [duplicate]

I'm working on a budget for operating an aircraft and trying to better understand the hourly operating costs. What factors should be included that are often forgotten? Although this is partially ...
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How is a 436 seater A330 fuel efficient?

Cebu Pacific is a Philippine low-cost airline , which has 6 A330 in its fleet. The capacity of each of them is 436 . As far as I know, one of the reasons why airlines introduce First Class cabins is ...
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Chocks - why the wide variances in price?

In a comment to a question about setting the parking brake, @rbp said to just get a set of wheel chocks and use those instead. I was piqued - it never occurred to me you'd need your own, I thought ...
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What impact did the Concorde have on business of other sub-sonic airliners?

The Concorde was anyways a technical marvel of its time, and a status symbol for society. Its fares were well above the rest, costing USD2999 + taxes for a JFK-LHR journey. But, at the same time there ...
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How is a fuselage 'puncture' repaired?

Operator on phone, GoAir plane hits aerobridge How is such a 'puncture' repaired? Is the cabin pressurization also affected by such a puncture, and approximately what is the cost incurred to repair ...
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With what minimum occupancy ratio, is it profitable for airlines to operate?

Often, airlines are unable to sell all the seats of a flight and some seats go unsold. So, with what occupancy ratio is it usually profitable for an airline to operate? For example, Recently, a ...