Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is insurance handled? Does your underwriter cover students/renters, or is there a deductible that students must cover? Otherwise, should students purchase renters insurance of their own?
Insurance, covers the renter and student to the extent of over 1 million dollars of coverage and that information is provided in the rental agreement. The deductible is not covered for the student or renter and for that reason renters insurance is very valuable. Renters insurance is usually less than 400 dollars for well over 3000 of coverage to cover deductibles. The deductible for our single engine private pilot trainer is $250 not in motion and $1000 in motion.
2. Are weekends available?
Yes, Weekends and even evenings. We are here to serve you and we know that many people who the discretionary funds to play hard flying also work hard and may not be available during regular business hours.
3. What is the pass/fail ratio of your school?
We are a rather new school but all of our other instructors all have many years of experience and we utilize a proven 141 syllabus to insure a quality structured approach to earning your license. The syllabus is 141 so that you have the fast pace structure that ensures you move forward in your training and if you need more work in one area than another we adhere to that need. To actually answer your question, I am not exactly sure at this time but we have only had 2 students fail, one of them retook the checkride and passed. The other is saving money to be able to take the checkride again.
4. Could you please provide a price-breakdown of the different services required to obtain a PPL with your company (per-hour instructor cost, materials cost, etc.).
Cessna 150 – $95 an hour wet (meaning with fuel)
Flight Instruction – $45 an hour based on the hobbs that the aircraft records as flight time.
Ground Instruction – $35 an hour which is before and after every flight to do pre-flight brief and post flight discussion of the flight.
Materials – $225 a package that includes all the books required to complete your PPL.
Ground School – $400 which includes 30 hours of training, that will prepare you to take your written exam. Ground school is given at multiple times during the year.
To breakdown your total cost of getting your license you can see there can be very many variables. Plan on at least 40 hours aircraft rental since that is the FAA minimum but the national average is 60. We typically tell students to plan on at least 7000 to complete your license. If you would like to see an itemized list of cost we are more than happy to meet with you and discuss one or provide via email.
Many of our competitors charge 45 to 55 dollars an hour for all of their instruction and we very competive aircraft rental rates. Our instructors including myself are focused on your success not our wallet so we work hard to squeeze the most educational value out of a flight and produce quality pilots. And you will find our scheduling to be very flexible via our online schedule and personal attention from your flight instructor.
5. Where is Great Lakes Air Ventures located?
GLAV is located at 659 Aviation Dr, Mason, MI 48854 (KTEW).
6. What type of education is required to earn your private pilot, or commercial license?
There is no minimum education requirement. You are required to pass a written exam for each certificate which requires some critical thinking and is better suited to students who have at least passed their junior year of high school and have a good knowledge of physics.
If you any additional questions please let us know via email at Contact@GreatLakesAirVentures.com or (517) 980-1281.