Time and Cost to Complete Instrument Training Based on Flight Block Times

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Rafael Dubena
Robert L. Thomas


The optimization of flight training operations at higher educational aviation institutions can be helpful in increasing the efficiency at which student pilots attain their certification and help supply more pilots into the industry. Large training institutions usually offer students certain blocks of time to conduct their training. At these schools, the Instrument course is usually administered during daytime or nighttime flight blocks. The purpose of this research study was to analyze if there was a significant difference in the overall cost to complete the Instrument course during the day compared to at night. One independent sample t-test was conducted; the parameters selected were Two-Tail, with a sample size of 128. Archival data records of higher educational aviation institutions were analyzed, and the results show that it costs, on average, around $1,100 less to complete the Instrument course in night flight blocks compared to day flight blocks. This research paper demonstrated how flight block times can significantly impact the cost of completing the Instrument course at aviation universities and highlighted factors that led to these results.

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