fbpx

Stratus Financial

90 Discovery Irvine, CA 92618
Untitled design (28)
Union-2.png

Invest On Your Future: How Much Does It Take To Become A Pilot?

Being a pilot is a significant investment. One that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That’s why a lot of aspiring pilots in their youth realize that the path to being a pilot isn’t an easy one and end up ditching their dream for more practical career paths. At the end of the day, many people want to be pilots but because of financial constraints, few people get to turn that dream into reality. 


But who doesn’t want to be a pilot? Not only do you get to travel the world and meet the most interesting people but you also get paid a HUGE salary and enjoy the luxury of having a prestigious career. Remember – people clap for their pilots! Who doesn’t want to have that kind of welcome? And yet, you have to accept the fact that you might be self-funding your education. You have to pay for strict-entry exams, flight sessions, and theoretical classes. Unfortunately, gone are the days when you could sign up for full scholarships. Its just something you have to think about before fully committing into! 


So before you tell your parents that you want to be a pilot and end up stressing them along the way, you should do some research first. Ask yourself the question: how much does it take to become a pilot? Lucky for you, we’ve got the answer right here! 


And the answer is $100,000! 


That’s a significant investment in your career. Regardless of your financial standing, $100,000 is going to hurt your pockets. And it can be life-changing. For many people, this is their entire year’s worth of salary. For some, this could be a downpayment for a house. It’s definitely not something you can just cough up on any given day. 


So is flight school worth it? 


If it’s your dream, then of course it is! If it’s your passion, then go for it! Here at Stratus, we want you to be happy with the career you’ve chosen for yourself. And even though it’s not an amount that can easily be achieved, there are ways to get help with the funds. 


But why is it $100,000? That number is based on ATP, one of the most reputable and biggest flight schools in the country. According to ATP, the standard amount to become a pilot without any previous experience is $91,995. But if you already have a private pilot certificate, then it would be around $71,995. However, that’s just the tuition. You have to consider other factors such as training costs, flight requirements, the books you have to purchase, etc. 


So to be safe, maybe we should expand the range from $100,000 to $150,000 if you also want to include medical tests and certification requirements. Aspiring pilots have to pay around $8,400 and $9,200 for FAA examiners fees, $200 for third-party certification, and $1,600 for pilot gear. The amount is painful to think about, especially because not all of us are blessed with generational wealth. However, as we’ve mentioned before, there are ways you can get help! Some schools already incorporate their degrees with pilot training, which can help cheapen the overall expenses. Other aspiring pilots also turn to grants or funding streams in the hopes that they can reach their dreams without necessarily breaking the bank. Here in Stratus, we also offer loans that will help you get started on flight school. However, the expenses that you face will rely on the school you choose, the kind of program you sign up and the time you’re willing to spend on getting that license. At the end of the day, if you want to become a pilot, you have to find a way to get your hands on $100,000 to $150,000!

Related Blogs

How much do airline pilots make?

United Airlines Pilots Get Pay Raise as Global Travel Disruption Continues

How is a pilot’s salary calculated?

2.1 million new commercial aviation personnel needed

Pilot pay increased as hiring battle heats up

Pilot Pay Raises at PSA Airlines, Piedmont, and Envoy

American Airlines offers competitive pay raise to pilots

Envoy Air Offers New Bonus for Experienced First Officers

Airline Pilots Demand Higher Wages and Better Treatment

Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Pilot

How airlines around the world are tackling pilot shortages

Airlines Struggle to Keep Up With Pilot Shortage

Air travel is picking up. Now the airlines have to play catch up.

Career Pilot Demand Forecast for 2023

Pilot in demand for the next 20 years

Competitors seek pilots from distressed airlines

The Shortage of Pilots Around the World is a Big Concern

Airlines have Doubled Pay, and There’s No Better Time to Becoming a Pilot

Historic Pilot Shortage Encourages Flight Schools To Fill The Gap

Mother-Daughter Take On The Skies As Part of Southwest Airlines

American Airlines Make Flight School More Affordable and Accessible

Invest On Your Future: How Much Does It Take To Become A Pilot?

Get Started On Your Books: The Top Five Things To Study In Advance

More Pilots Needed: Airlines Turn to Diverse Crew

5 Helpful Techniques To Become A Pilot

Things you should do before signing up for a flight school

Frontier Airlines launching a pilot program for new generation pilots

Be Prepared: The Challenges Of Being A Pilot

Staff Shortage in Airport across the country

5 Safety Spotlight Pilot Tips

Tips to help you fly like a PRO

What do the stripes on a pilot’s uniform mean in the US?

Protecting yourself from online fraud

Benefits Increase as The Demand for Pilots Grow

Thinking of Cosigning A Private Student Loan? Here are five things you should know!

We Need Pilots: Travel Demand Skyrockets From Regional Airlines

5 tips for building your FICO score to apply for Stratus loans!

Managing Student Loan Debt

Understanding Interest and Capitalization

What is a credit report and why is it important when applying for Stratus Loans?

A guide on how to formulate a plan based on borrowing and repaying

Understanding Private Student Loans and How Stratus Can Help You!

Managing Your Student Loan Tax Benefits and Forms To Save You Money

You Just Closed On Your Loan or Thinking About Closing On Your Loan With Stratus: How to Pay it Off FAST

Student Pilot Financial Basics: Start Here to Understand Financing Your Student Pilot Loans

How Stratus Works With Flight Schools to Achieve Their Students’ Aviation Dreams

Six Opportunities Await You If You Become a Pilot in the US

Federal Reserve Rate Increase Explained and How You As A Student Will Be Affected

A Quick Guide on the Types of Pilot Certifications in the US

You need this CREDIT SCORE to get approved for a private student loan

School Partnerships at Stratus

Student Loans – What You Need To Know