Why Flying Yourself is Worth The Investment
Travel is amazing. There’s nothing as enchanting as arriving at a brand-new destination, ready to explore unfamiliar landscapes and cultures. The commute there, however, doesn’t tend to be so great. Dealing with flight itineraries, layovers, check-ins, and TSA lines adds unnecessary stress to what should be a relaxing vacation or productive business trip.
So what if you could avoid that? More and more people are learning how to fly a plane, not just as an exciting hobby, but as an investment in future travel opportunities.
Can you save money by flying yourself?
In the long run, yes. If you’re a very frequent traveler (we’re talking hundreds of flights a year), flight tickets can really add up. If that’s the case, it’s pretty likely you’ll actually save some money by becoming your own pilot.
That being said, there are a few factors that go into the cost of flying a plane.
Airplane Rental Cost
Assuming you don’t have your own aircraft, you’ll have to rent one. Here at Red Arrow, the cost of flying a plane averages to about $150 per hour, depending on which aircraft best suits your needs. If you’re having trouble figuring out the best planes to rent, call your local aircraft rental service and they’ll point you in the right direction.
In terms of flying yourself, short-term expeditions tend to be more affordable, especially day trips. Fuel consumption plays a huge role in the cost of flying a plane, as do airport fees and multi-day rentals. While the freedom and flexibility of being your own pilot is fantastic, it’s still important to plan ahead in order to account for these things.