In addition to tuition and other fees, the Professional Pilot Technology program requires Flight Fees specific to mandated flight time in the aircraft and flight simulator for each of the FAA certificates and ratings.
Flight fees are applied to individual flight courses and are charged prior to the semester that each flight course is taken. The fees outlined below are based on the number of hours the average student takes to complete each course. Additional flight time may be required due to a host of variables, including individual learning style, personal commitment, illness, or weather conditions. Any additional ground or flight instruction required will be billed on an hourly basis until successful completion is reached. Any left-over funds for a course due to a student completing everything in the minimum FAA required times, may be either refunded or rolled over to the next flight fee course.
A full breakdown of all ground, flight, pre & post briefings, and simulator instruction is available as a handout and will be posted on the web.
If a student chooses not to take the Multi-Engine rating and the two additional Certified Flight Instructor ratings (Instrument and Multi-Engine), s/he may take an appropriate 3 credit elective to replace the three 1 credit courses and not obtain the last 3 ratings during the senior year.
FAA Medical Examination
A FAA 1st Class Medical Exam must be completed by an authorized Aviation Medical Examiner prior to a studentís first flight training. Estimated medical expense is presently $145; students may not need any additional medical during the degree program.
Drug & Alcohol Screening
A mandatory drug and alcohol screening is required of all aviation enterprises and airlines. Students must complete a screening prior to commencing flight training and if/when randomly chosen at any time during the four-year program. Estimated expenses are $110 for initial screening. If chosen for a random test, each will be between $40-70.
FAA Written Exam Fees
A total of six FAA exams are required for certifications and ratings during the four-year program. Each exam costs $150 and is taken at a CATS Testing Center, as required by the FAA. Vermont Flight Academy operates a full CATS Testing Center at the airport.
FAA Examiner Fees
FAA certifications and ratings require the successful completion of written and flight exams. The flight exams must be given by an FAA Flight Examiner. Before each flight, FAA Examiner Fees are paid directly to the examiner at the time of their Oral and Flight Test for each certificate and rating. The present fee is $400 per check ride.
Students will require: headsets, Federal Aviation Regulations, aviation charts, plotters, E6-B flight computers, aircraft syllabus/course books, flight logbook, oral & practical test prep guides, FAA Practical Test Standards for each course, etc. A list of all required materials will be handed out and posted on the website. Textbooks for non-flight aviation courses are not included. Estimated cost for the four-year program is $1,700 - 2,000.
Vermont Flight Academy carries liability and physical damage (hull) insurance. VFA extends limited liability coverage to students. However, students are responsible for the insurance deductible (in the event of a loss). It is mandatory for each student to purchase an individual non-owner policy for $314 per year. This provides student liability protection for legal defense; deductible and loss of use; and subrogation.
Aviation is a profession. Students are expected to dress appropriately in ground and flight classes at all times. During flight training at the airport, dress appropriately for the season in which you are operating.
iPhones and iPads
These devices are widely used in aviation and recommended with multiple apps to assist pilots with convenient access to weather, navigation, approach charts, and regulations.