Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
Depends on the plane and area. The 172 in question is $124/hour plus 6% sales tax. Hours are based on a meter that runs off oil pressure - you pay for the time the engine is running so if you fly to lunch somewhere you don't pay for time sitting on the ground not running. Most places have overnight minimums though which can make multi day trips prohibitive for renters.
So if you get enough altitude, you can switch the engine off for a short time and glide, thus saving money. Very interesting.

I'm a semi nervous flier (despite well over 250,000 miles flown, at least), and cannot imagine flying my own plane.