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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is airport tax used for?

Since a very large sum of your ticket goes to airport tax, I was wondering how do they justify it and what is it used for? Take your tax paid on your ticket and multiply it with the number of seats ...
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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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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 much cheaper would flying be if we made it less safe?

Comment: I know this doesn't represent reality, it is a hypothetical scenario. I have the impression safety measures are non-linear in cost, i.e. that reducing the accident rate by one percent costs ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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 much does it cost to learn to fly in the UK, and what restrictions are there?

Flying has been a dream for me since I was a little boy. My absolute dream career was to be a fighter pilot in the RAF. It's obviously a very hard career to get into, however I fell even before the ...
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How much are noise-related landing costs for a long-range aircraft at Heathrow?

I am trying to estimate the noise-related costs for a long-range platform aircraft (for example, the Boeing 787) at Heathrow Airport. I have found the following table (PDF, page:24) outlining some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How are the costs managed in a codeshare?

How do the airlines manage the costs invovled in a codeshare? As all airlines are selling tickets, (might be at different prices) but only one of them is operating the flight. So, how do the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...