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Voila! All of the rental aircraft that meet your requirements will be displayed, cheapest price listed on top. Also, look for exclusive web discounts in the far right hand column called BravoDeals. Click on those discounts for more information.

Some flight schools require renters to become club members, and this in turn entitles them to a discount on standard hourly rates. Club membership often requires a monthly or yearly membership fee. Sometimes there is a waiting list to join the club.

Our staff works hard to maintain our huge database and keep it current, but sometimes we are not able to get all of the information we need about specific aircraft. But you can help us. If you know a plane's N-number, or whether or not it has an autopilot, GPS, or glass cockpit, and it's not listed, please contact us at update@archerbravo.com with any additional information.

Dry rates do not include the cost of fuel. You will have to buy your fuel in addition to the cost of the rental, so the price listed is less than the final price per hour. These flight schools will usually ask you to fill-up the plane before returning it. A Wet rate is much more common, and includes the cost of fuel.

A Glass Cockpit is a commonly used nickname for an aircraft cockpit that features electronic instrument displays, usually on two or three flat screen monitors. A relatively recent development, glass cockpits are highly sought-after upgrades from traditional cockpits, where the gauges are mechanical, sometimes referred to as "steam gauges". Many new airplanes are being delivered with Glass Cockpits, and you'll find them on the flight lines of many schools. If you've already learned to fly in a traditional cockpit, it may take several hours to learn to use and fly with the Glass Cockpit. Many flight schools offer courses and even special rates for this. The primary component of the glass cockpit is the primary flight display or EFIS (electronic flight information system). This displays all information regarding the aircraft's situation, position and progress. It covers the basic horizontal and vertical dimensions, but also conveys progress with regard to time and speed. The second part of the Glass Cockpit displays the aircraft's systems conditions and engine performance. This is variously called EICAS (Engine Indications and Crew Alerting System) or ECAM (Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitor). All this information is graphically presented in a 'need-to-know' basis; however the pilot may query the system for further details of interest.

An autopilot is a mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide an aircraft without assistance from the pilot. There are many different types of autopilots; the most basic will only keep the plane straight and level, while the most sophisticated autopilots will land an airplane. It may take several hours to learn to use the autopilot, but it is extremely helpful and recommended for single-pilot, high workload situations, and in instrument flying conditions or turbulence.

The Global Positioning System, usually called GPS, is a satellite navigation system used for determining one's precise location and providing a highly accurate time reference almost anywhere on Earth or in Earth orbit. It uses an intermediate circular orbit (ICO) satellite constellation of at least 24 satellites. It is now standard on many aircraft, and is often preferred to the older navigation systems like Lorans, NDBs, and VORs. It may take several hours to learn to use the GPS to its full potential.

Standard rates are prices paid by the hour by the renter, as measured, in most cases, by the Hobbs meter in the aircraft. Standard rates do not include a discount (like a Block Rate). The rates are Wet (include fuel), unless noted as Dry. The rates do not include an instructor, unless otherwise noted. A check-out is usually required before a renter can fly the aircraft without an instructor. Membership fees may also apply.

A Block Rate is a discounted hourly rate given to pilots who pay a lump sum of money up front for flight time. For example, some flight schools will give a $10 per hour discount on rentals if the renter puts $1000 into his or her account. This money is used each time the pilot flies, and is replenished by the pilot once the balance reaches $0.

Sometimes flight schools will offer a discounted rate if the renter is paying with cash, rather than a credit card.

There are some aircraft that must be flown with 2 pilots due to FAA regulations, or for insurance reasons. The rate quoted may include a second pilot, who is usually an instructor.

A BravoDeal is a discounted rate on a particular aircraft. You must be an Archer Bravo member to view and redeem the BravoDeal. Membership is free.

The FAA has created a new rule for the manufacture, certification, operation, and maintenance of lightsport aircraft. Light-sport aircraft weigh less than 1,320 pounds (1,430 pounds for aircraft intended for operation on water) and are heavier and faster than ultralight vehicles and include airplanes, gliders, balloons, powered parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft, and gyroplanes. This action is necessary to address advances in sport and recreational aviation technology, lack of appropriate regulations for existing aircraft, several petitions for rulemaking, and petitions for exemptions from existing regulations. The intended effect of this action is to provide for the manufacture of safe and economical certificated aircraft that exceed the limits currently allowed by ultralight regulation, and to allow operation of these aircraft by certificated pilots for sport and recreation, to carry a passenger, and to conduct flight training and towing in a safe manner. The training, medical, and currency requirements for a sport pilot license is less than that needed to obtain a private pilot certificate.

The rate quoted includes the cost of crew members needed to accomplish the flight in the type of aircraft rented.

XC means cross-country. Some flight schools will reduce the hourly rental rate if the aircraft is flown beyond a certain distance, known as a cross-country flight.

The aircraft can be rented at the quoted price for commercial operations.
 
Membership is free. By registering, you will be able to view and redeem BravoDeals. If you choose, you will also receive an email when a new aircraft comes online at your nearest flight school, or when a discount or price change occurs on an aircraft at that flight school. Your membership information will be kept confidential.

Not all flight schools have registered with us yet. This would enable us to verify aircraft information, and link you directly to the flight school website. We'd hate to lead you in the wrong direction.

If you are a flight school, and want a direct link to your website on our results page, become a member today. Go to http://archerbravo.com/consulting.php to sign up.