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Old 23rd Jan 2013, 16:30
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ppl gap/renewal

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i am thinking of gaining ppl but not intrested in aviation as career, this is because I am already settled with well paid job and not willing togo thru paycut etc.

my question is whats true cost of maintaining ppl license? 12 hour lesson every 24 month ? can it be anytime during last 24 onth ?

what if i dnt fly for 3-4 years? whats esitmate cost and process of validating all again ?

im based in uk
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Old 23rd Jan 2013, 20:51
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Palacie,

1 hr of flight & 1 hr of ground is all that you need to maintain your Pilot certificate. Medical certificate per UK standards.

Come to the States and get your license it's cheap and fast. Florida has some awesome schools.

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Old 23rd Jan 2013, 21:15
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Cheapest to maintain it is pass a test once every two years (this is an alternative to the 12 hours). You probably won't pass the test after two years of not flying without two or three hours of lessons first. So maybe four hours every two years.

If you let it lapse beyond the two years then the bureaucratic procedures vary depending on various things, but the cost in all cases basically comes down to "training as necessary to pass a test", followed by the test, which is little different in principle to the within-two-years case but of course the longer you leave it the more retraining you'll need.
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Old 23rd Jan 2013, 21:35
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what if i take 12-20 hours every 2 years... will it count toward my CPL ? will it accumulate ?
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Old 24th Jan 2013, 09:04
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i am thinking of gaining ppl but not intrested in aviation as career
will it count toward my CPL ? will it accumulate ?


Yes - it all counts. But if you're only doing 12 hours every 2nd year, you'll have a way to go/quite a while to the CPL - you need 150 hours for that, including 70 PIC.

If you're flying anyway you can re-validate by experience (12 hours in the second year including 1 with an instructor), if not you can do the test.

Remember that all this re-validation stuff is for the Class Rating (SEP), and not the licence itself. That used to be a 5 year renewal cycle for a JAA PPL, but it's now lifetime for the new EASA licence (iirc).
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Old 24th Jan 2013, 12:46
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i am thinking of gaining ppl but not intrested in aviation as career
will it count toward my CPL
Why do you want to get a CPL if you aren't interested in aviation as a career?

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Old 24th Jan 2013, 15:53
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not really after CPL but if i do too many hours as hobby or as part of renewal i may get very close to CPL...
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Old 24th Jan 2013, 19:53
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The only reason I can think of for getting a PPL is that you think you'll like flying.
The only reason I've kept on flying after getting my PPL is that I do enjoy it.
I can't understand why, with "a well payed job", you dont expect to do enough flying to revalidate by experience. I've never considered sitting CPL or ATPL exams - though I've over the ATPL required hours solo.
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Old 25th Jan 2013, 10:09
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palacie - you can have many thousands of hours on a PPL. Just because you get close to the requirements of a CPL doesn't mean you need to get one. There's no point.

For a start, there's the many more exams. Then you'll need a Class 1 medical which has more frequent renewal and tighter requirements than a Class 2. And then you need to keep the CPL & Class 1 current, and that's aside from the CPL training/skill test itself.

If you're never going to go commercial, you never need a CPL. (You can now instruct on a PPL licence also).

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