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TRAINING RATES

With our straight forward pay as you fly training program you will never be asked to deposit any money into an account (See below for the reasons why) or to pay before your flight. This honest and fair approach to training allows us to offer the best overall training rates in California!

All of our rates include your Certified Flight Instructor for Dual Training and the Helicopter Wet (all the fuel that is required for that flight).

We don’t have any hidden fees or fuel back charges (Meaning that some flight schools will only pay up to the cost of fuel at their airport, you pick up the difference if the fuel cost is more if you stop to get fuel somewhere else! (Funny how they never give you a credit if it costs less!). We do not cover airport landing fees, Which currently only affects Catalina Airport and Santa Monica Airport.

Since training is a service there is no sales tax.

Please note that you will be charged Dual Training rates for all of your Private Solo flights, and Dual Training rates for your first 3 hours of Commercial solo flying. The reason we charge at the Dual Training rate is because your Flight Instructor will be here to supervise your flight from start to finish. In our industry it’s called a Supervised Solo.

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Flight and Ground Rates – Pay as you fly

Flight Hourly Rate – Wet (1)
Standard Discounted Rate

 
Robinson – R22 – Beta II
 

Dual
$300.00

Dual Instrument
$325.00

Solo R22 – Private – Supervised
$300.00

Solo R22 – Commercial
$275.00

Rental R22
$300.00

 
Bell – 206B III
 

Dual
$1100.00

 
Robinson – R44 Raven I
 

Dual
$600.00

Dual Instrument
N/A

Solo R44 – Private – Supervised
$600.00

Solo R44 – Commercial
$600.00

Rental R44
N/A

 
Robinson – R44 Raven II
 

Dual
$600.00

Solo R44 – Private – Supervised
$600.00

Rental R44
N/A


Flight Instructor Hourly Rate

Exclusive offer for Helicopter owners! You provide your helicopter, insurance and pay for the fuel and we will provide our CFI for your personalized flight training in the Los Angeles area.


R22
$70.00

R44
$80.00


Ground Instruction Hourly Rate

Private
$50.00

Instrument
$50.00

Commercial
$50.00

CFI
$50.00

CFII
$50.00

Turbine Transition
$60.00


Insurance Yearly Rates (Covers our insurance deductible)

R22
Solo & Rental Insurance (1 Year)

Limitations:
Solo flights for a certificate is limited to the Star Helicopters Training Syllabus requirements and the FAA minimum flight requirements for certification.

Passengers are not permitted during solo flights for a certificate.

Helicopters will not be rented until the Pilot has completed 3-10 hours of flight training with our instructor (To include the 3 main LAX transitions) and our instructor has given the Chief Pilot authorization to rent the helicopter.

Private Pilot Rotorcraft Certificate or Commercial Rotorcraft Certificate is required to rent a helicopter.

To carry passengers during a rental the pilot must hold at least a Private Rotorcraft Certificate and have successfully completed the Robinson Safety Course.

Solo & Rental Insurance is non-refundable and is valid for 1 year.

$500.00

R44
Solo Insurance (1 Year)

Limitations:
Solo flights for a certificate is limited to the Star Helicopters Training Syllabus requirements and the FAA minimum flight requirements for certification.

Passengers are not permitted during solo flights for a certificate.

We do not rent our R44 Helicopters, you may fly with one of our instructors as the Safety Pilot and bring up to 2 passengers with you once you have obtained a Private Pilot Rotorcraft Certificate.

Solo Insurance is non-refundable and is valid for 1 year.

$1000.00

(1) Wet – Includes all required fuel for the flight.
(2) Professional Pilot – Must be a working Professional Pilot holding a Commercial Pilot or ATP rating.

Estimated Cost to obtain each Certificate or Rating

These cost estimates are based on the FAA Minimum Requirements.

Private Pilot Certificate – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

40 Hours Flight Training
$300.00
$12,000.00

50 – 60 Hours Average Flight Time

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

35 – 40 Hours Average Ground Time

Private Pilot Training Materials
$600.00
$600.00

2nd Class Medical and Student Pilot Certificate
$150.00
$150.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo/Rental Insurance (1 year)
$500.00
$500.00

Headset (Depending on headset model $300-$1000)
$300.00
$300.00

 
Total
$15,300.00

Private Pilot Certificate – Add-On – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Assumes you have a valid medical certificate and a headset (you will need a helicopter adapter if it is for fixed wing)

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

30 Hours Flight Training
$300.00
$9,000.00

15 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$750.00

Private Pilot Training Materials
$300.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo/Rental Insurance (1 year)
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$11,150.00

Private Pilot Certificate – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

40 Hours Flight Training
$600.00
$24,000.00

50 – 60 Hours Average Flight Time

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

35 – 40 Hours Average Ground Time

Private Pilot Training Materials
$600.00
$600.00

2nd Class Medical and Student Pilot Certificate
$150.00
$150.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$1000.00
$1000.00

Headset (Depending on headset model $300-$1000)
$300.00
$300.00

 
Total
$27,800.00

Private Pilot Certificate – Add-On – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Assumes you have a valid medical certificate and a headset (you will need a helicopter adapter if it is for fixed wing)

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

30 Hours Flight Training
$600.00
$18,000.00

15 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$750.00

Private Pilot Training Materials
$300.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$1000.00
$1000.00

 
Total
$20,650.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

60 Hours Dual Flight Training
$300.00
$18,000.00

5 Hours Dual Instrument Training
$325.00
$1,625.00

37 PIC Solo Hours Training
$275.00
$10,175.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$275.00
$1,375.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$275.00
$825.00

20 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$1,000.00

Commercial Pilot Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo/Rental Insurance (1 year)
$1000.00
$1000.00

 
Total
$34,850.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Add on – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

20 Hours Dual Flight Training
$300.00
$6,000.00

22 PIC Solo Hours Training
$275.00
$6,050.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$300.00
$1,500.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$300.00
$900.00

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

Commercial Pilot Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo/Rental Insurance (1 year)
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$16,650.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

60 Hours Dual Flight Training
$600.00
$36,000.00

5 Hours Dual Instrument Training
$650.00
$3,250.00

37 PIC Solo Hours Training
$600.00
$22,200.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$600.00
$3,000.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$600.00
$1,800.00

20 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$1,000.00

Commercial Pilot Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$600.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$1,000.00
$1,000.00

 
Total
$69,100.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Add on – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

20 Hours Dual Flight Training
$500.00
$10,000.00

22 PIC Solo Hours Training
$475.00
$10,450.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$500.00
$2,500.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$500.00
$1,500.00

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

Commercial Pilot Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$1,000.00
$1,000.00

 
Total
$27,050.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate w Instrument Rating – Robinson R22

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

30 Hours Dual Flight Training
$300.00
$9,00.00

40 Hours Dual Instrument Training
$325.00
$13,000.00

32 PIC Solo Hours Training
$250.00
$8,000.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$275.00
$1,375.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$275.00
$825.00

50 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$2,500.00

Training Materials (Comm $100 – Inst $150)
$250.00
$250.00

Written Exam (2=Commercial & Instrument)
$150.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$600.00
$1000.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$36,750.00

Commercial Pilot Certificate w Instrument Rating – Robinson R44

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

30 Hours Dual Flight Training
$500.00
$15,000.00

40 Hours Dual Instrument Training
$550.00
$22,000.00

32 PIC Solo Hours Training
$475.00
$15,200.00

5 Hours Night Supervised Solo
$500.00
$2,500.00

3 Hours Day Supervised Solo
$500.00
$1,500.00

50 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$2,500.00

Training Materials (Comm $100 – Inst $150)
$250.00
$250.00

Written Exam (2=Commercial & Instrument)
$150.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$1000.00

Solo Insurance (1 year)
$1,000.00
$1,000.00

 
Total
$61,250.00

Instrument Rating – Robinson R22 Beta II

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

48 Hours Dual Flight Training(40 Instr, 8 Non-Instr)
$300.00
$14,400.00

30 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$1,500.00

Instrument Training Materials
$150.00
$150.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$16,700.00

Instrument Rating – Robinson R44 Raven I

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

48 Hours Dual Flight Training(40 Instr, 8 Non-Instr)
$550.00
$26,400.00

30 Hours Ground Instruction
$50.00
$1,500.00

Instrument Training Materials
$150.00
$150.00

Written Exam
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$28,700.00

Certified Flight Instructor – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Includes Robinson R22 Instructor Endorsement
FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

20 Hours Dual Flight Training
$275.00
$5,500.00

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

CFI Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

2 Written Exams (CFI & FOI)
$150.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$7,400.00

Certified Flight Instructor – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

Includes Robinson R44 Instructor Endorsement
FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

20 Hours Dual Flight Training
$500.00
$10,000.00

20 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$1,000.00

CFI Training Materials
$100.00
$100.00

2 Written Exams (CFI & FOI)
$150.00
$300.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$11,900.00

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) – Robinson R22 Beta II

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

5 Hours Dual Flight Training
$300.00
$2,750.00

15 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$750.00

1 Written Exams
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$2,900.00

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument(CFII) – Robinson R44 Raven I

Requirement/Item
Cost/Hourly Rate
Total

5 Hours Dual Flight Training
$550.00
$2,750.00

15 Hours Ground Training
$50.00
$750.00

1 Written Exams
$150.00
$150.00

FAA Checkride
$500.00
$500.00

 
Total
$4,150.00

Professional Pilot Program – Robinson R22 Beta II

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

You will need an additional 30 Hours of flight time before you can instruct in the Robinson R22

Requirement/Item
Flight Hours
Total

Private Pilot
40
$15,200.00

Commercial Pilot
110
$34,300.00

CFI
20
$7,900.00

 
Total (170 Hours)
$57,400.00

30 Hours R22 Solo – Additional Flight Time
30
$8,600.00

 
Total (200 Hours)
$66,050.00

Professional Pilot Program – w Instrument Rating – Robinson R22 Beta II

FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

You will need an additional 20 Hours of flight time before you can instruct in the Robinson R22

Requirement/Item
Flight Hours
Total

Private Pilot
40
$15,450.00

Commercial Pilot with Instrument
110
$38,850.00

CFI
20
$7,900.00

CFII
10
$3,400.00

 
Total (170 Hours)
$65,600.00

20 Hours R22 Solo – Additional Flight Time
20
$5,500.00

 
Total (200 Hours)
$71,100.00

Professional Pilot Program – Robinson R44 Raven I

Rotorcraft Category Rating – Helicopter Class Rating

FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

You will need an additional 30 Hours of flight time before you can instruct in the Robinson R44

Requirement/Item
Flight Hours
Total

Private Pilot
40
$23,300.00

Commercial Pilot
110
$55,825.00

CFI
20
$11,900.00

 
Total (170 Hours)
$91,025.00

30 Hours R22 Solo – Additional Flight Time
30
$14,250.00

 
Total (200 Hours)
$105,275.00

Professional Pilot Program – w Instrument Rating- Robinson R44 Raven I

FAA – SFAR 73 Requires 200 hours in helicopters and 50 hours in Robinson Helicopters to instruct in Robinson Helicopters

You will need an additional 20 Hours of flight time before you can instruct in the Robinson R44

Requirement/Item
Flight Hours
Total

Private Pilot
40
$23,300.00

Commercial Pilot with Instrument
110
$61,250.00

CFI
20
$11,900.00

CFII
10
$4,150.00

 
Total (170 Hours)
$100,600.00

20 Hours R22 Solo – Additional Flight Time
20
$9,500.00

 
Total (200 Hours)
$110,100.00




Requirement/Item
Flight Hours
Total


 
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Why we don’t accept advanced money into so called Block Rate accounts!

You pay at our low training rates only after you have flown or had ground instruction and you only pay for the actual time spent flying or in ground instruction, again there are no hidden charges. There are several reasons why we do not accept money into block rate accounts. Just about everyone has a bank and that is their purpose to manage and protect your money. We are a flight school and our purpose is to teach you to fly!

Here are some real world examples of why we don’t have block rate accounts or accept advanced payments for our flight training.

I was involved with the largest helicopter training company in the US that went bankrupt, leaving myself and about 2100 other students, with a huge training bill for hours never flown, but long spent by the school.

I have trained two students who both lost several thousand dollars when their previous flight school went out of business and they lost all of their money in a block rate account. These were well established flight schools that had been in business for years.

We have trained other students who felt they were getting sub-standard training at another school and did not want to continue training there. They could not get their money out of their block rate accounts unless they were ready to forfeit from 20% all the way to 100% for some schools. They had two choices, loose a percentage of their money, or continue to get their sub-standard training until they had flown their accounts to zero.

Our words of advice – Never give any flight school 100% of your money for training up front. Only deposit with them what you are willing to lose should something happen to the school.

California has recently passed a law AB-48 to try and protect student’s money from the above scenarios.

Full text of Assembly Bill 48 (AB-48) as signed

California Private Post-Secondary Education Act of 2009

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Financial Aid – Coming Soon

We are establishing our own internal financing program and we will release the details soon.

This will allow our qualified prospective students to secure a training loan with us for all or part of their training.

The funds will be deposited in a secured escrow account and will only be available for flight training. The funds will only be released to us after you complete a training flight or ground lesson.

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