Domestic Ferry Flight Cost Example

The cost of the ferry flight depends on many variables. First and foremost it depends on the capability of the aircraft. If the aircraft has GPS, the route can be flown quicker than an aircraft confined to VORs for example.
Length of the trip is also a factor. A trip from the East coast to the West coast in a Cessna 172 will take longer than the same trip done in a Cirrus, however, a Cirrus SR22 burns more fuel than a 172 etc.

 I have compiled an example of a ferry flight from South Carolina to California so that you can get a feel for how much your flight might cost*.

All values in the example are based on fuel prices as of Jan, 2012

Please keep in mind that in order to combat fatigue, the ferry pilots will try to keep the legs 4 hours long at most and allow 8-10 hours of flight per day. The ferry pilots also schedule a rest period of 30-40 minutes between legs. This ensures that the pilots are rested and sharp while they transport your airplane. 

* Costs WILL vary. The cost of your individual ferry flight will vary due to many factors such as weather, mechanical status of the aircraft and other unknowns. The example to the right is based on perfect weather and a mechanically sound aircraft equipped with GPS.




 
Example of Coast to Coast Flight with current Fuel prices as of Jan, 2012


Route: South Carolina to California
Aircraft: IFR certified Cessna 172





Total Costs:

Fuel Costs: $947.37
Airline Ticket: $432.00
Ferry Pilot Fee:  $900.00
Hotel (2 nights): $240.00

Total  cost of the trip: $2,519.37
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