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SDSU Average Flight Costs

South Dakota State University 2021-2022 Average Flight Charges

Please note the cost listed is the projected costs for flight courses for the 2021-2022 school year. Course costs are based on the average number of hours it takes a student to complete the course and varies based on student capacity and motivation. Financial aid may be available to students who qualify, please discuss your options with the Financial Aid office at 605-688-4695. Flight costs are in addition to tuition, room and board. When calculating the cost of your education, please use these numbers and NOT the minimum flight charges. The numbers listed below include the required flight charges and are a better predictor of your total cost for each flight course as you budget for school. 

Total Estimated Average Cost of the South Dakota State University Aviation Program: $86,325

AVIA 171 - Introductory Flight I
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Cessna - C172 - Skyhawk200.00408,000.00
Flight Instruction75.00403,000.00
Ground Instruction (Including Pre/Post)75.0030$ 2,250.00
FAA Knowledge exam (Private Pilot)  $ 160.00
Headset  $ 500.00
Training Materials  $ 75.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 13,910.00
AVIA 181 - Introductory Flight II
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Cessna - C172- Skyhawk $ 200.0040$ 8,000.00
Ground/AATD/Flight Instruction$ 75.0073$ 5,475.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)$ 70.008$ 560.00
FAA Checkride (Private Pilot)  $ 600.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 14,635.00
AVIA 372 - Professional Flight I
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Cessna - C172 - Skyhawk$ 200.0045$ 9,000.00
Ground/AATD/Flight Instruction$ 75.0084$ 6,300.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)$ 70.008$ 560.00
FAA Knowledge Exam (Instrument)  $ 160.00
FAA Checkride (Instrument)  $ 600.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 16,620.00
AVIA 377 - Professional Flight II
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Skyhawk/Citabria/Arrow$ 200.0042$ 8,400.00
Piper - PA44 - 180 - Seminole$ 310.0017$ 5,270.00
Ground/AATD/Flight Instruction$ 75.0094$ 7,050.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)$ 70.005$ 350.00
Ground Instruction (Including Pre/Post)$ 75.0025$ 1,875.00
FAA Knowledge Test (Commercial)  $ 160.00
FAA Checkride (Commercial Single Engine)  $ 600.00
FAA Checkride (Commercial Multi Engine)  $ 700.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 24,405.00
AVIA 474 – Certified Flight Instructor I
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Skyhawk/Arrow$ 200.0012$ 2,400.00
Flight Instruction$ 75.0012$ 900.00
Ground Instruction (Including Pre/Post)$ 75.0020$ 1,500.00
FAA Knowledge Exam (FOI/CFI)  $ 320.00
FAA Checkride (Initial CFI)  $ 800.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 5,920.00
AVIA 475 – Certified Flight Instructor II
Course BreakdownCost Per HourAverage HoursTotal Flight Charge
Skyhawk/Arrow$ 200.005$ 1,000.00
Piper - PA44 - 180 - Seminole$ 310.0015$ 4,650.00
Flight/AATD Instruction$ 75.0025$ 1,875.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)$ 70.005$ 350.00
Ground Instruction (Including Pre/Post)$ 75.0020$ 1,500.00
FAA Knowledge Exam (CFII)  $ 160.00
FAA Checkride (CFII)  $ 600.00
FAA Checkride (MEI)  $ 700.00
Average cost including required flight charge  $ 10,835.00
Aircraft Rates
AircraftRate for FY22
Cessna - C172- Skyhawk$ 200.00
Piper - PA28R-201 - Arrow$ 200.00
Piper - PA44 - 180 - Seminole$ 310.00
American Champion 7KCAB- Citabria$ 200.00
Cessna - C172- Skyhawk Instruction$ 75.00
Piper - PA28R-201 - Arrow Instruction$ 75.00
Piper - PA44 - 180 - Seminole Instruction$ 75.00
Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD)$ 70.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)$ 70.00
Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) Instruction$ 75.00
Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD) Instruction$ 75.00
Pre/Post Instruction$ 75.00
Ground Instruction$ 75.00