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The Real Cost of Becoming a Private Pilot

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-03-08T22:04:05Z

Photograph by Steven Day/AP

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Emergencies

Planes usually come equipped with emergency kits, and chances are you won't need the following items if you're flying near major cities. If you are in remote, rural areas, a few extras could help:

$215: Vertex Standard VXA-220 Pro VI Transceiver (backup handheld radio) -- pilotshop.com
$200: Four-person deluxe survival kit -- amazon.com
$43: Bear Grylls Survival Series folding sheath knife -- bladeops.com
$89: Torfino LED red-and-white-light security flashlight -- amazon.com
$2: Smart Sense purified water, 2.5 gallons -- Kmart
$539: iFly 700 moving map GPS for pilots -- mypilotstore.com

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