Towered vs Non-towered; Time saved getting in the wind - The idea is the plane moves, and not the airport
I state for the record, that training at a towered airport is important experience (and of course required training)... But after a certain point in gained experience, a busy airport can really delay getting up in the wind. Upwards of an hour extended on to every flight! Ouch!
At first I was eager to meet the challenge and gain the valuable experience, and as a student that's correct. But with delays getting up, and never an endless budget for flying, I did the calculation and it's very revealing just how much time (meaning money) is spent getting up.
Especially Class C, taking off you have slightly more complex ATIS, tower congestion and competing for ATC attention, Clearance, longer taxi times, more caution necessary on taxiway and intersections, more position-and-hold for other air traffic, wake turbulence from large aircraft, etc., etc.
THEN you got all the same on the landing and parking when you return.
Now calculate the hobbs hours for all that, plus paid CFI time, and you arrive at a lot of money over just a few flights!
Again, don't get me wrong as I value my time training at such a busy airport for radio experience and all the above, as others should too. But a student should factor this in, and I confess I am looking forward to more efficient training at a non-towered airport soon as possible.