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  • assume the following: A380 or (modern) B747 in typical 3-class configuration Full occupancy 12 hours flight time (or more) Here are the cost position I can think of right now: Fuel Aircraft... fees Administrative cost (managing/issuing tickets, etc.) What am I missing? What would be the absolute (and relative) cost budget for each of these? Bonus question: in airline operations, is this cost typically handled as "per flight hour" (as in general aviation), "per flight", or in another way?

  • This question has several parts that are interrelated, and I didn't want to split it up: Considering that several tons of fuel are consumed during a long haul flight which requires lift to be reduced...

  • Since a very large sum of your ticket goes to airport tax, I was wondering how do they justify it and what is it used for? Take your tax paid on your ticket and multiply it with the number of seats o...

  • It's easy to go online and look at prices of a Cessna 172, but what are some examples of how to breakdown the real world costs of ownership? how much other maintenance should you plan for? How much does an engine overhaul cost? Insurance hangar etc.. It would be great to also get some typical costs and ranges, since some element are more predictable than others. Obviously the costs... for the structure of the costs to start making a plan for cost analysis and diligence. For example, with an IFR aircraft, what costs are involved with keeping it current?

  • Flight hours costs approximately $285 per hour. Below is a screenshot from a local (Newport Beach, CA) school regarding what it takes to become a private pilot. So I was hoping that maybe there mi...

  • One of my life goals is to learn how to fly a plane. I can't do it now due to time constraints, but I am curious: How much, in general terms, does it cost to learn how to fly? I.e. piloting lessons, license fees, etc. I would be doing it in the US.

  • (Related to this question) Many pilots have told me that an IFR rating is the most valuable thing i can do to improve my flying and margin of safety. I know there are courses as quick as, "Get your IFR in 10 days!", but I'm unsure if that's quality training that will stick with me. How much should it cost for a robust, worthwhile IFR program for single engine land airplanes? What would distinguish a worthy program from one that merely meets minimums?

  • certificate tomorrow, but I didn't plan to make use of it in the foreseeable future, would it cost me more in time and money than if I waited until I had plans to use it? This is assuming I live and fly in the USA. Related Question: How much, generally speaking, does it cost to learn how to fly? Edit: Note I understand the safety aspect of not practicing and "getting rusty", for lack of a better

  • Many larger airports (class Bravos) have a landing fee. What's the process for assessing and collecting the fees? How do these landing fees work with general aviation aircraft? Where can I find out ...

  • KORD airport for instance charges domestic vs international arrivals differently. I could see that this may have something to do with imports/taxes/tariffs etc, but why are the landing fees measured ...

  • Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an ...

  • Taking easyJet as an example, they have a fleet of over 200 A319's and A320's. At a price tag of around \$90m per plane, that equates to about \$18bn. Given that their turnover for 2012/13 was around...

  • Of course, we all know that you're not exactly treated like a rockstar on Ryanair, and their CEO wants to charge us £1 to use the toilet; but still, how can they offer flights for a penny?! Looking a...