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

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Do planes depreciate like cars? [duplicate]

Let's say I was in the market for buying a Cessna. What benefits would buying a new Cessna have over an older one? With cars, the resale value does hit a floor as long as it is safe to drive. Are ...
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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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Can airlines recover costs if they dump fuel for a medical emergency?

As per the title, can airlines recover costs if they dump fuel due to a medical emergency on board shortly after takeoff?
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Why do new jet engines cost billions to design?

This question might come off as crude because it involves people's salaries, but I do not understand why new designs of large turbofans cost many billions of dollars to design. For example, the Pratt &...
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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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What are the costs versus benefits of takeoff/landing on grass versus pavement in a light aircraft?

This question stated that landing on pavement is hard on tires compared to grass, however I don't necessarily agree with that. Even if it is true the impact on the gear and other components may ...
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How much does it cost extra to fly with one additional passenger?

How much does it cost to fly an airplane (like a Boeing or Airbus) when there's one extra passenger there, at an average speed of 475–500 knots (880–926 km/h; 547–575 mph)? That is, about 100kg extra,...
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Why are Western helicopters more expensive, yet smaller in size, but Russian helicopters are way less expensive, and larger in size?

So, I was looking around for prices of the Bell 412, Blackhawk and Mil Mi 8/17 prices, and the Bell 412, despite being a lot smaller than the Mi8, was US$2mil more than the Mi8.
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Why does Jet A currently cost roughly the same as 100LL?

I thought Jet A was substantially cheaper than 100LL but I recently looked at the prices throughout my area, and they are both priced at approximately $5.50 per gallon. I've never flown an aircraft ...
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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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Why are general aviation planes so expensive? [duplicate]

My question simply is why are GA planes so expensive? I can understand that an airliner is an incredible money sink simple because of the size, complexity, development cost and especially the ...
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How much does it cost (on average) to run an airliner as a low cost airline on short distance flights? [duplicate]

Considering Germany is thinking about implementing new taxes to increase costs for commercial flights due to how cheap flights have become and the pollution they produce, I was thinking how much does ...
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How much does it cost to lease a jetliner?

As the title says, how much would it cost to lease a airplane for an airline. Let's say a B737 and a B747 or similar aircraft. I tried to contact several aircraft leasing companies but so far I've ...
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How much does it cost to ground a B737 max aircraft for an airline?

What are the cost items for which an operator with such an aircraft in the fleet incurs per aircraft because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 max aircrafts and how much is the average cost incurred? ...
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Can I save money on becoming a helicopter pilot in the US if I do flight hours in Mexico?

Flight hours costs approximately $285 per hour. Below is a screenshot from a local (Newport Beach, CA) school regarding what it takes to become a private pilot. So I was hoping that maybe there ...
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Why is AVGAS so much more expensive than car gas?

Why is 100LL so much more expensive than gasoline for cars? I get the fact that it's 100LL, instead of 87, 91, etc. For example (as of now, 13 Oct 14), the 91 unleaded gas at my local gas station is ...
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Which engine is more efficient between turboprop vs jet?

Are turboprops really more efficient than jets? If yes, does that mean that airlines who use jets sacrifice fuel for faster flights?
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May airlines cancel unprofitable flights?

If a given flight is unprofitable for an airline (occupancy ratio or – more precisely – revenue from ticket fares and cargo below the break even point) and if operating this flight incurred a bigger ...
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At what minimum occupancy ratio can airlines operate profitably?

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 ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 do airlines pay for their planes?

Taking easyJet as an example, they have a fleet of over 200 A319's and A320's. At a price tag of around \$90m per plane, that equates to about \$18bn. Given that their turnover for 2012/13 was around ...
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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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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 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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How can Ryanair offer flights for a penny?

Of course, we all know that you're not exactly treated like a rockstar on Ryanair, and their CEO wants to charge us £1 to use the toilet; but still, how can they offer flights for a penny?! Looking ...
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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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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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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 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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Where I can get historical jet fuels prices?

I would like to analyze jet fuels prices in 2014. Where can I get jet fuel prices for 2014, only in USA and Russia? As there are different types of fuels, it would be okay to get prices for one (...
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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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What's the typical cost (and its breakdown) for a long-haul commercial flight?

I realised that this question is very broad, but I intend it as an example to illustrate the actual costs incurred by a typical long-haul commercial flight. For the purpose of this question, I would ...
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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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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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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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How do aircraft rental companies charge while the plane is not flying?

I am looking for some general advice - this is specific to the UK but may be similar else where. I know it is possible to hire a private aircraft, I see comments like this on club/rental sites all ...
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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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What does it take to maintain a private pilot certificate?

What, if any, requirements are there to maintain a private pilot certificate? For example: Do I have to renew my certificate after a period of time? E.g. annually, 5 years, 10 years Do I have to ...
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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 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 ...