Getting a pilot’s license or attending aviation school is a great way to create your own unique flying business. One of the most interesting of these is a flying delivery service. Creating this type of business is a unique challenge, but is one worth undertaking.

Personal Cost Investment

When starting any business, there will be a personal cost investment. This is no different for a flying delivery service. Expect to pay about $9,900 or so for a pilot’s license and to spend a minimum of 40 and potentially up to 70 hours in the air before getting your license. This whole process is streamlined in an aviation school, making them well worth the time and energy.

Other costs to expect include renting out a storage area for your plane (about $35 per month outside or $230 or so for a hangar), annual repairs of about $1,00 per year, insurance costs of about $1,000 per year, fuel costs, and anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 for a single engine plane. A business loan of about $100,000 should take care of your basic needs.

Reaching Out To Local Businesses

After getting your pilot license and plane, reach out to local businesses and describe your service. Basically you are offering same day ordering and delivery services directly between them and their suppliers in a way that cuts out the middleman and saves them money. They won’t have to pay expensive truck shipping fees, and they can pay you directly.

Of course, you aren’t going to be carrying a huge load in your small plane. It’s more for emergency services of transportation of delicate items, such as mechanical parts on important manufacturing equipment or food that must be transported quickly, such as fish or other sea food. Look to factories and food companies for your best luck finding potential business partners.

Once you find some businesses that need your services, talk to them about where they normally get their goods from and reach out directly to those warehouses. Chances are, they won’t be directly next to the landing field, meaning you’ll need to work out goods transportation to your plane and include it in your invoice.

Setting Your Prices For Profits

Once you’ve paid for you plane, your license, and made some agreements with local businesses, it’s time to set your prices. Basically you need to cover the cost of storage (as mentioned above, about $40 a month), gas to and from the warehouse, and other personal expenses (lunches, landing fees, etc). Now you need to create a business model that makes sense for you and your potential partners.

Let’s say that it costs you about $500 to fly five hours between a warehouse and one of your companies. You should at least double that cost to a $1,000 to make a profit. Variable pricing like this (including a receipt before you take off on which you list all your expenses) will help make everything easier to understand for your partner and more open between the two of you.

Getting started as a small plane transportation expert is often a great side job for people who are already interested in pursuing a pilot’s license or who already work as a pilot on the side. It might take a little work to get started, but it is worth the investment.

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