News - FSANA Reports on Practical Test Pricing Around USA

In January 2018, the Flight School Association of North America, FSANA, conducted a survey of pricing for FAA practical tests on a national basis. Responses were gathered from FAA Designated Pilot Examiners who conduct the tests, CFIs who recommend students for tests, and applicants themselves who have taken tests.

The results of this survey give an indication of national and some regional pricing trends on practical tests.

The first question broadly addressed the most common of practical tests, including tests in airplanes for private pilot, instrument pilot, and commercial pilot certificates and ratings. The following graphic depicts the results that were generated.

A test that typically experiences higher prices, the survey specifically addressed the question of pricing for initial CFI practical tests. The results did show that the most common pricing for these tests is higher than more common practical tests.

In general, the survey did not indicate any major national variation in pricing for specialty tests such as those in Rotorcraft, Seaplanes, Gliders, or Warbirds to name a few areas addressed in questions within the survey.


What was apparent from further analysis of the survey however, was that there is a variation in pricing of practical tests in different regions, with a few states standing out as higher pricing than the national averages.

Higher test prices seem to be occurring in places where there is higher training activity, and correlating to a previous survey that FSANA conducted, also in areas where longer wait times are being experienced for scheduling of practical test activities. It should be noted that areas, where higher test prices were reported, are also locations where the cost of living, in general, is higher. A direct analysis of the ratio of test price to the cost of living was not completed as a part of this survey.

The survey was intended to help the industry better understand the prices associated with testing around the country. With this data, the industry is more able to accurately understand this cost in the flight training process and where it may vary from national averages.

The results included here are just the beginning and the most general that were a part of the survey results. If you would like to learn more, dive into further detail, and see some of the additional data reported,

Click Here For a Full Data Report From the Survey.