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LEARN TO FLY - FOR 95 PER HOUR!

If you have ever thought about learning to fly, but aren't sure what is involved, we hope the following questions and answers will help:-
 

Q: CAN ANYONE LEARN TO FLY? 

A: Yes.  Subject to meeting the medical requirements (see below), there are no lower or upper age limits.  The only restrictions are that you cannot fly solo until your 16th birthday and you cannot be granted a licence until your 17th birthday.
 

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM SUITABLE FOR TRAINING? 

A: We have never yet failed to teach someone to fly!  However, we recommend that you take an introductory lesson before committing yourself to a complete course, so you can see whether you like flying.
 

Q: HOW DOES A NATIONAL PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE (NPPL) DIFFER FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE?

A: The NPPL was introduced in 2003 as a cheaper alternative to the European licence.  Please see the NPPL website for more details.
 

Q: IS THERE A MEDICAL TEST AND CAN I WEAR GLASSES? 

A: There is no medical test as such.  All you require is a certificate of fitness from your GP, equivalent to the DVLA Group 2 professional driving medical standards, before flying solo or carrying passengers.  Again, please see the NPPL website for more details.  Glasses can be worn but we recommend that you always carry a spare pair when flying.
 

Q: ARE THERE ANY EXAMS?

A: Yes, there are nine written exams (mostly in the form of multiple choice papers) plus a practical radio exam, but these really are nothing to worry about.  Most trainee pilots find the subjects so interesting that they have no trouble at all absorbing the information and passing the exams.  The exams will be spread over the period of your flying training so you do not feel too overloaded with everything.  The nine written exam subjects are:

Air Law

Operational Procedures

Human Performance and Limitations

Navigation

Meteorology

Aircraft General Knowledge

Principles of Flight

Flight Performance and Planning

Communications

Please also see our Ground School page which has details of how we can assist you in understanding these subjects.
 

Q: WILL I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT? 

A: Yes. You will need an up to date aeronautical map, an aeronautical ruler and protractor, a flight computer/calculator for navigation planning and text books for the exams. We can supply all of these and your instructor will advise you on what to buy and when.
 

Q: SO HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 

A: The cost of gaining your Licence is probably not as expensive as you might think ,especially if you compare it with other leisure activities such as skiing or golf.  A minimum of 35 hours flying training is required, including the Navigation Skills Test flight and the General Skills Test flight which is taken right at the end of your training.  Based on 35 hours training in the Venture, the total cost* will be in the region of 4,535, broken down as follows:

35 hours flying at 95.00 per hour 3,325
   
Annual Club Membership    173
   
Exam fees - 9 subjects at 30 each    270
   
Radio written and practical exam     95
   
Examiner's fee for Navigation Skills Test     85
   
Examiner's fee for General Skills Test     85
   
Books and equipment (approximately)   350
   
Licence issue fee (payable to the CAA)   152

 

The price can be reduced even further by booking (and paying in advance for) 'block' hours.
For example, pay in advance for 10 hours and you'll get an additional hour free!
 

As mentioned on our Home Page,  glider pilots with the appropriate licence can obtain an NPPL-SLMG in only a few hours.

 

*    All prices correct as at 1st February 2017
 

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE COME ALONG AND TALK TO US, OR CALL US ON 01608 677208


 

 

 
 

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