How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket
November 15, 2010 4:57 PM Subscribe
How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket?
It seems that the TSA is going to keep making the process of flying in the USA more and more inconvenient and intrusive, so I'm wondering if it would be worth it to get my private pilot's license. I actually took about 10 hours of flight instruction a few years ago. It was fun and challenging, but I got distracted and never returned to it. I'm thinking about returning to it now.
But, compared to commercial aviation, how much:
- More Expensive Is It?
- Longer Does it Take to Reach Your Destination?
- Less Comfortable is it for long-hauls?
Basically is it a reasonable substitute for somebody willing to put in the time to learn to do it, or is it a hobby that's great for tooling from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, but not something you'd want to do for serious travel (like say LA to Seattle or LA to Hawaii)?
Assume I'm not buying my own plane but rather joining a club or timeshare kind of thing for access to the planes.