Denmark exposed as most expensive country to be a GA pilot
Denmark has emerged as the most expensive country in the world for general aviation pilots, following a comparative study of global aviation fees undertaken by AOPA Sweden.
The study concluded that the Danes are the most heavily-charged GA pilots anywhere in the world, with PPL licensing fees costing more than €320 a year, averaged over five years, compared to less than €20 in the UK and no charge at all in France.
PPL theory test fees cost €1,000 in Denmark, whereas in the UK it costs half that - and virtually nothing in the USA or France. The charge for an IR test is €1,400 in Denmark, less than €500 in the UK, €250 in France and around €100 in the USA.
Sweden was revealed as the second most expensive country for GA pilots.
Jacob Pedersen of AOPA Denmark said: "We thank AOPA Sweden for this research, which clearly documents the absurd levels that PPL related fees have reached. Based on this survey, we have already been in dialogue with the Danish Minister for Transportation and I strongly believe that we will manage to get some of these fees reduced."
Denmark abolished its CAA and gave its responsibilities to part of the Department of Transport which is entirely funded by user fees. Jacob says: "AOPA Denmark has for several years argued that this model is unsustainable and is slowly killing the aviation industry from the bottom up. With the new EASA regulation the situation will only get worse. We have argued that a basic passenger or security fee of just €1 on commercial flights departing from Danish airports could finance all CAA activities, making it possible to dramatically reduce or eliminate fees paid by license holders and licensed organisations, removing a huge burden from general aviation and allowing the industry to grow."
In theory it could be possible to 'shop' for the most competitive prices in Europe when EASA takes control – but some states are working to protect their revenues by allowing only aircraft with national registrations to be based on their territory, something IAOPA strongly opposes.