The cost of the course covers meals.
The motel costs and fuel for the aircraft will be for the members account. One of the factors taken into account in selecting the airport was the availability of reasonably priced accomodations hopefully less than $50 / night.
Re competitiveness, the Bonanza Pilot Proficiency Program is $995 per participant and they break even at 40 participants per course.
We are aiming to be able to run the course for as few as 8 participants, which is a struggle. The biggest expense are the CFI/instructors, their travel and lodging costs. We will be providing one flight instructor for each 2 students. And we have chosen to pay competitively in order to get quality instructors. The FBO is donating their facilities. COPA members are handling administrative and logistics aspects without charge.
While I would love to get the costs down further, there is really VERY little room left to reduce cost.
The costs of the ground instruction are largely fixed and therefore the cost per student would come down if the number of partiipants were to increase. If we were to get FAR more students than the 8 to 12 per course that we are currently planning for, there would be scope to cut the cost of the ground instruction per participant some (from $350 / student). But the inflight instruction costs ($590 / student) would still be there.
Won’t give you the speech about the cost of recurrent training versus TCAS, for instance. But, I really hope to see you in Dublin.
Cirrus PIlot Proficiency Program