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

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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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What are the typical facets of ownership costs, for a single engine aircraft?

It's easy to go online and look at prices of a Cessna 172, but what are some examples of how to break down the real world costs of ownership? How much other maintenance should you plan for? How much ...
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How much, generally speaking, does it cost to learn how to fly?

One of my life goals is to learn how to fly a plane. I can't do it now due to time constraints, but I am curious: How much, in general terms, does it cost to learn how to fly? I.e. piloting lessons, ...
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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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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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Why 1st and 2nd class but not fast or slow airplanes?

Why do airlines separate passengers into 1st and 2nd class but do not offer fast or slow connections? Isn't the biggest cost the kerosene? And isn't the cost directly proportional to speed?
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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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At what point during a long flight do commercial airliners have the best gas mileage?

This question has several parts that are interrelated, and I didn't want to split it up: Considering that several tons of fuel are consumed during a long haul flight which requires lift to be reduced ...
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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 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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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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How do airports charge airlines for using their gates?

I'm wondering how the airports charge an airline for using a gate or a parking spot (if they use buses). Does the airline have to pay per time or per "event" or do the larger airlines have fixed gates ...
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Why are Low Cost Carriers ordering several hundred aircraft?

Indigo is a low cost carrier, which already has 99 A-320s in its fleet has ordered 431 more. This airline currently covers 35 routes, while the full service carrier Emirates has 221 planes, and ...
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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 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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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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What is the typical space allocated to first class vs. economy class passengers?

I'd like to know the space allocated to a typical first class passenger compared to that allocated to a typical economy class passenger. For example, from SeatGuru, I can get the pitch and width of ...
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How much should it cost to get IFR-rated? What to look for?

(Related to this question) Many pilots have told me that an IFR rating is the most valuable thing i can do to improve my flying and margin of safety. I know there are courses as quick as, "Get ...
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Is there a good source for estimating the per unit cost breakdown for a classic GA plane like the Cessna 172?

For instance, on a Cessna 172 what percent is spent on: Raw materials Labor actually manufacturing the plane Testing the completed individual planes R&D Making the plane (at this point, very ...
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Why is most aircraft livery painted, rather than vinyled?

I just watched a recent AVWeb YouTube video about vinyl decals. In it the owner of Plane Decal says compared to paint, vinyl offers: a more flexible choice of designs a cheaper solution - a GA ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you compare private jet and commercial jet efficiency?

I'm curious about commercial airplane efficiency vs private jet efficiency. I was trying to compare something like a modern 737 flying a full commercial flight from NYC to LA vs an Embraer Phenom 300 ...
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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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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 ...