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The study evaluates training at a collegiate flight training program (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) providing metrics for time and costs from zero time to a Commercial certificated Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine add-ons. Training times for flights and activities are pulled from a sophisticated database used at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and matched with flight and ground school lessons and then further subdivided to determine the amount of time spent training in areas of operation that are prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration in the published Practical Test Standards and Airman Certification Standards for those seeking pilot licenses and ratings.

Provided are mean times and costs for a prospective pilot to attain Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine licenses at Embry-Riddle. For example, the records of 286 students in the FAA approved Private pilot course were pulled, de-identified, and analyzed. Of more interest though is the mean time that each student spent in each course training to proficiency in required area of operation which in turn will provide insight into those areas requiring the most training and would perhaps benefit the Simplified Vehicle Operation program at NASA by helping to identify candidate technologies proposed to be developed by the program office.


Daytona Beach, FL

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This document is the final report and deliverable for Task Number NNL13AA08B, Contract No. T16-6500-ERAU, On-Demand Mobility Studies: Investigating Vehicle Platforms Able to Carry Small Packages to 9 Passengers, with Investigations of Their Enabling Component Technologies, which was awarded to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). As such, this report documents accomplishment of the contract and provides information regarding flight training metrics at ERAU, which is conducted under 14 CFR § 141.