There's no rush to get your license. You can still fly between now and whenever it turns up. In fact, you should fly - this is the period where you build your confidence up to the level where you can take passengers safely!
Technically, when you fly, you're still a solo student. So no pax, as you know, and you need an instructor to sign you out. But now you can go wherever you want, do whatever you feel like doing, and just go and fly for the pure pleasure of it! What could be better? And that's enough that you'll be able to fly to the fly-in at Sywell in a few weeks, too!
Passed GFT Yesterday, Sent Application Today 911. Also Medical certificate dated 911 (scary or what???) However, desperate for wife to fly with me, after all she has paid half of the not incosiderable fees to date
Its bollock isn't it ! You pay 140something quid, you phone them up and after half an hour trawling through their phone menu system, to hear a message that licence issue is currently taking 10 working days, then 6 weeks later you licence turns up. When I got mine (2000) they said 10 days, but it was over 6 weeks.
Why can't an examiner give you a temp certificate valid for 4 months???
eeeeee. 6 weeks? some people don't know they're born....
:True bit. I had a renewal in the 80s - over 10 weeks! and they phoned up after 9 and a half to say the cost had gone up by £2 only 8 weeks after it had been sent in, and they couldn't issue it til the extra £2 was paid....
nd True bit.
(... and licences were made out of wood then.... if I remember correctly.)
Location: Quite near 'An aerodrome somewhere in England'
The delay is often due to the Belgrano clerks who sift through the licence paperwork having to clarify things with the Club. So I view it as an integral part of the PPL Skill Test for the Examiner to do a thorough check of the successful applicant's paperwork to make sure that there won't be any delays. Was the Qual X-C form submitted? Was it countersigned by the HoT (CFI)? Has the FRTOL form been completed correctly? Is the applicant's log book up to date.... Medical certificate... Passport....??
Having checked that all is OK, the Examiner should also, in my view, remind the applicant that he/she/it/don't know/don't care may not fly as Commander with passengers until the PPL has arrived and been signed. The Examiner should remind the successful applicant about how to maintain the validity of the licence.
Evo. Give them a ring and chase them. I had a brilliant service from them and although I live near to Gatwick which meant I could drop it off and collect it I would still have got it back within two weeks.
To save the vagaries of the post why don't you fly up to Redhill when it's ready and I'll drive you down to the Belgrano - it's only 10 minutes from the airfield. Alternatively, if you want and they agree, I can pick it up for you and use it as an excuse for another Goodwood trip.
I sent off my logbook for an IMC rating 3 weeks ago, just got it today. Bit slow, but not too bad.
But! The postman had TWO packages for me this morning. I was most curious as to what I would pull out of the second. Some sort of free safety guidelines book? A free CAA logbook because they didn't like my FAA logbook perhaps? Nope... the muppets have sent me some poor person's brand new PPL... license and logbook.
Any suggestions as to what I should do with it -- mail it back to CAA, mail it direct to the rightful recipient at the address as printed in her license, or shall I be really nasty and just keep it safe until someone asks for it
just wondering, im 16 and working awfully hard for my PPL especially now that college has started. My 17th birthday is in late November and, if i really try hard enough (which i know i will) i should complete all the training and have passed the remaining exams before my 17th birthday, now it wud be nice if the CAA could issue my license on my birthday which falls on a Friday lets hope everything goes right.