It's been a long time coming, but I finally passed the GFT this afternoon In the end it took two flights a week apart as the x-wind went out of limits when we got back from the nav.
Have not sweated so much since I gave up the gym, and flew the worst I have for months. I thought exams were supposed to get easier as you got older - I felt like I did when I was a kid doing piano exams...
Thats the way mate! Well done - and as I have advised others, I'd suggest you find a like-minded also recently qualified / or at least sub-100hr say / buddy to team up with you for a few adventures... you'll halve the costs, double the experience, and have more fun!
Congratulations again - and ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION!
I got a long spiel from the CFI explaining that I couldn't fly pax until the physical licence arrives. Until then I can only fly solo, and 'student solo currency' rules apply for club hire (1 week!), so I think I might hang on until the real thing arrives.
For simplicity, I 'm letting the School do all the admin (they're probably more organised than me anyway!), and he said it's taking about 3 weeks to get the licence at the moment.
Oh well, you done it and its on the way!!! Thats all that matters and I cant wait till im at ur stage. Mind you im half way and I remember looking and couldnt wait to do circuits, now im glad to be doing some Solo stuff. Im flying today to Sheerness for practice forced landings. First time away properly from the airport alone
If you flew the worst that you have for months, and still met the standards, then it sounds like you should have no problems as a PPL.
P.S. Beats me why the examiner can't simply endorse your student permit so that you can enjoy PPL privileges pending receipt of your permanent license. Oh well, no point in opening that can of worms I guess.
Ah, but in UK we don't get a student permit - we just get handed the key to an aircraft and (if we're going out of the circuit) a sheet of paper from the CFI telling us what we're supposed to do, where we're supposed to go and when we're suposed to be back.
I've still got my Canadian Student Permit from around 1996, when I started PPL training - wonder whether they'll still recognise it??!!
[Edited by CB to add congratulations to BlokeInAnArcher and apologise for permitting the thread hijack to continue deflecting the glory from him! Well done - hope you get let lose in a hairyplane for Duxford!]