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Old 1st Jul 2017, 22:33   #21 (permalink)
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The exam difficulty will depend on what you've been doing. I did no study before starting the course. Two years after my last university exam, and two days after an intensive 3 week course at what was about to become Strathclyde university.
I don't remember the exams as a problem .
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Old 1st Jul 2017, 23:44   #22 (permalink)
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i would NOT recommend Fly In Spain unless a certain instructor has been sacked.

@ Bose-x tried sending you a PM about this but your mailbox is full, you can't receive any further until you delete some.....
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Old 2nd Jul 2017, 07:27   #23 (permalink)
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The problem with getting a "quickie" is that you will be crap!
There are many of us that did PPLs on a four week course via the Air Cadet Scholarship scheme, I would say most of us were a decent standard!
I am surprised you are being quoted 10-14 months, many people will take this long, but if you can fly a couple of days a week or more and 2-3 hours each day you should do it in the minimum given a reasonable ability and standard of instruction, so given the weather around 20 days of flying, certainly a lot less than 10 months!
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Old 11th Jul 2017, 15:32   #25 (permalink)

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Originally Posted by LaGuardia View Post
Hello everyone

I'd like to have your opinion. I am currently working and I will finish my job in November to start my fight training. I have the choice of starting my PPL now in my country (the flight school announces 10-14 months to get it) but I would like to go abroad because I think it's much faster to get it in Eastern Europe or Spain. Do you know countries where I could start my PPL in November and get it fast?

Thank you
You can NEVER rush pilot training,,because its down to many factors..how long you have..the weather..how much money you are budgeting for the training..how quick you can take in all the information..ground school exams..9 [NINE] written exams..flight tests..cost of travel to airport..accommodation if you are doing it abroad..say you do your ppl in the USA for example..you will still have to pass another skill test in the UK When you get back..plus other costs here as well..
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 18:19   #26 (permalink)
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I did mine at Inverness in 5 weeks starting from Early/Mid April to mid May - but I did it intensively. I found that doing it this way ironically did help soaking it in and making sure I retained what I learned.

But doing it intensively is one thing and rushing it is another. Luckily for me, I had just finished university when I did it and didn't feel a need to 'rush'. It just so happened that I was generally quite lucky with the weather and didn't find doing 2-3 hours per day too straining
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 20:27   #27 (permalink)
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Right: Sounds like you were all lucky. We lived for three weeks in a brown paper bag in a septic tank east of Biggin Hill proper, poring over Trevor Thom volumes until our eyes dropped out. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, and one day, we sat four exams one after the other AND a radiotelephony test, and then that's when purgatory hit us...

... Suddenly we were packed off on Air UK or was it Britannia Airways to Nice, and before we knew it we were out over t'lake west of Cannes-Mandelieu looking out for an old French water tank doing loop the loop so we could make sure we got no rotten fish dumped on us, and we hadn't even seen a glass of Chateau de Chassilier by that point (... "who'd have thought ... "etc) ...

But then the real hard graft began ... we used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work down mill at Aeroport du Cannes-Mandelieu for fourteen hours a day week in-week out for two whole weeks. There were six of us and they'd ask us to fly over mountains three times a day, eat mountains of pizza in the evening washed down by something that was not Chateau de Cassilier and not cold tea, because our CFI told us whatever it was it were good for us, and when we got home after 40 hours and two weeks, almost even before our spanking new CAA licences arrived, but not quite, our CFI or his resident deputy would send us off to see Chris down at Headcorn and maybe on to Shoreham or Sandown, and when we got back, he'd thrash us to sleep with his belt if there were the tiniest risks of incursions reported back by the Biggin or Fairoaks or Redhill controllers or Thames Radar, and book us straight away on twenty five hours of decent cross country, on Night Ratings, then IMC courses too. That were even before we had a chance to rest for five minutes or get to shout anything about Torremolinos, or about the lizards we found in the bidets or suspiciously like the meat on the pizzas while were were getting our PPLs!

Aye. it was BECAUSE we quite liked to be poor, but we were 'appy. My old CFI used to say to me, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, but it does buy you something very close to it, so sign here!"

And before we knew it we had 100 hours inside eighteen months, half of which was on instruments, and so we'd found out all about licking road clean with our tongues metaphorically speaking, so we could confidently say it were in front of us and still below us, and available for landing on safely under the hood, and all about rotten fish, and the septic tanks that could be hired at other aero-establishments, and even about Chateau de Chassilier back in France if we were very very lucky, plus how not to get sliced in two by an Italian breadknife up in the clouds beyond Nice

But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.

ALL: Nope, nope, they won't.

With sincere apologies to both the Monty Python team and the FTI team!
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 20:47   #28 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by slip and turn View Post
Suddenly we were packed off on Air UK ...
Now that was my favourite airline[*], from the baked beans to the "welcome to Honolulu".

Baked beans: Air UK used to include baked beans in their breakfast, but decided that this was incompatible with the grown-up-airline image they decided they wanted to cultivate. Guess what? - the punters complained. Guess what? - the baked beans reappeared on the menu.

Touchdown at Stansted on an endless-grey-drizzle day (I think we'd come from Edinburgh). "Welcome to Honolulu" says the hostie on the PA.

[*] Well, depending on how I'm feeling from day to day. The other contender is Aurigny
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 14:29   #29 (permalink)
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You can ignore the curmudgeonly old farts who claim that a fast PPL is "crap", as they have very little idea what they're on about. I did my PPL in Florida 11 years back, in 5 weeks, and since then have amassed a CPL, IR, and 2,000 hours flying myself to and around ~50 countries, all for fun or charity.

Flying almost every day for weeks in a row will always beat the occasional sortie between which you forget half of what you learned, and keeps the enthusiasm going too.
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