This shows the cost of doing the initial instrument rating without use of a sim and the cost of doing it with the sim. Use of the sim makes a significant difference in obtaining the instrument rating.

Without Use of Sim

Item
Rate
Quantity
Amount
Aircraft (wet)
$100.00
50
$5,000.00
Instruction
$45.00
60
$2,700.00
Groundschool
$250.00
1
$250.00
Material
$200.00
1
$200.00
Knowledge Test
$150.00
1
$150.00
DPE Fee
$300.00
1
$300.00
Total
$8,600.00

With Use of Sim

Item
Rate
Quantity
Amount
Aircraft (wet)
$100.00
30
$3,000.00
Instruction
$45.00
60
$2,700.00
Sim
$55.00
20
$1,100.00
Groundschool
$250.00
1
$250.00
Material
$200.00
1
$200.00
Knowledge Test
$150.00
1
$150.00
DPE Fee
$300.00
1
$300.00
Total
$7,700.00

Obviously this comparison would have variables that can only be estimated, such as cost of aircraft rental, time required to prepare for the checkride and the cost of instruction. However the bottom line is that the sim will not only save the instrument student a significant amount of money but will also result in a much more effective utilization of time.

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