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Old 17th May 2018, 21:03
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Originally Posted by Duchess_Driver View Post
10 hours challenging yourself in terms of environment/operation/climate etc are worth far more than 100 hours in the ‘Local area”.
True. Incidentally, it also makes sense to challenge oneself in terms of aircraft types. My visual approaches and landings improved substantially after checking out on several differently behaving types. In particular, military trainers appear to be quite helpful for this purpose.
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Old 18th May 2018, 12:52
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Originally Posted by ComeFlyWithB View Post
Hi All,

So PPL skills test is in sight as is starting ATPL, the question is now Hour Building!

Where, when, how many hours in each place etc ....

Arizona - Angel city flyers / Chandler
Florida - Pilots Paradise
San Diego - American aviation
South Africa - Stellenbosch Flying Club
Home club / Airfield - Barton

anyone with experience / advice or anything to chip in please feel free to contribute, looking for the best experience / most affordable options.

Tha ks is in advance!!
Question - what do you hope to do with your ATPL?

Airline pilot? - somewhere you can do complex interesting long trips; the USA is ideal.

Instructor? Move around getting hours in multiple types.

It's a stepping stone to a military career? - Learn aerobatics!

Not sure, just want it: Get an interesting and affordable share in the UK, go farmstrip touring.

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Old 18th May 2018, 18:25
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Originally Posted by Ultranomad View Post
True. Incidentally, it also makes sense to challenge oneself in terms of aircraft types. My visual approaches and landings improved substantially after checking out on several differently behaving types. In particular, military trainers appear to be quite helpful for this purpose.

I completely agree, on the subject of challenges does the night rating have to be EASA or could I do a ‘night rating’ at any school say in the US ?
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Old 18th May 2018, 18:35
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Originally Posted by ComeFlyWithB View Post
does the night rating have to be EASA or could I do a ‘night rating’ at any school say in the US ?
Maybe you can, but it's only 5 hours of training and no skill test, so it's easier to do it in Europe to avoid jumping through extra bureaucratic hoops.
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Old 21st May 2018, 22:23
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Originally Posted by Genghis the Engineer View Post
Question - what do you hope to do with your ATPL?

Airline pilot? - somewhere you can do complex interesting long trips; the USA is ideal.

Instructor? Move around getting hours in multiple types.

It's a stepping stone to a military career? - Learn aerobatics!

Not sure, just want it: Get an interesting and affordable share in the UK, go farmstrip touring.

G
Airline pilot is the ultimate goal initially followed by maybe instructing in a good few years just to keep a hand in with the fun stuff whilst helping people simultaneously.

The USA was the first / preferred choice given I know it well and been fortunate enough to travel around it often and live there however I like the look of the added experience in South Africa however safety could be the big down side / I don’t think it’s as straightforward as elsewhere. Australia is out of the question, it’s far too expensive compared to elsewhere. New Zeland ... has potential if a good flight deal comes up, I recently saw flights and a camper van for 2/3 weeks for just under £1000! But with that being said I’ve only found maybe 1/2 schools which have rates comparable to the states.
Lastly Canada also looks to have some very good challenging flying experience (I don’t intend to just burn holes in the sky except going over Airwork) .....
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 00:51
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I assume you are going on to a CPL/IR? If so then you should get an ICAO IR during your hour building (IR you're paying for the aircraft anyway so you just pay the extra for an instructor) FAA is probably the cheapest and easiest.

Then spend 50 hours as PIC under IFR practicing NDB holds, procedural approaches and the odd ILS. You'll then be allowed to take your EASA IR with no minimums (normally it's 40 SIM and 15 multi) - just train to proficiency. That will also allow you to do the short 15 hour cpl course as well.
would you please explain this with more details
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 13:23
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I'll try. (Assuming MEIR)

​​​​​ You should always do your IR before CPL - because the CPL requires 200 hours. If you do the CPL first, then you'll still need to do an additional 17 hours afterwards, taking your total time to 217, plus 30 hours on the SIM. Don't get me wrong, simulators are useful, but are quite often the same price as an SEP, so you're better off training in a real plane. Why? Because it all counts towards your 200 hours which means you're only actually paying for the instructor.

10 hours is common to both IR and CPL, meaning you can do a 25 hour CPL followed by a 45 hour IR, or you can do a 55 hour IR (15 multi) followed by a 15 hour CPL (in a single). This is all assuming you do a 'full' IR course - there are three other options:

CBIR: requires 45 hours, can be done all in the aircraft. The last 15 must be Multi. A really good option: basically go through the IMC training twice, then 15 hours of IR training in a multi.

ICAO conversion: for guys with an ICAO PPL - get an IR as part of hour building - then convert. Requires 15 hours, minimum 5 multi.

ICAO CBIR conversion: if you hold an ICAO IR AND have 50 hours PIC under IFR, which you can get during your hour building, you can do a straight conversion. No minimum multi time required, maximum potential to save money.

If you want to get really creative, you can do any of the above in a single, then convert to multi, but that requires a second full IR test so I wouldn't recommend it. There are a lot of options, so do your homework!
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Old 7th Jun 2018, 19:47
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Originally Posted by ComeFlyWithB View Post
Hi All,

So PPL skills test is in sight as is starting ATPL, the question is now Hour Building!

Where, when, how many hours in each place etc ....

Arizona - Angel city flyers / Chandler
Florida - Pilots Paradise
San Diego - American aviation
South Africa - Stellenbosch Flying Club
Home club / Airfield - Barton

anyone with experience / advice or anything to chip in please feel free to contribute, looking for the best experience / most affordable options.

Tha ks is in advance!!
Buy a cheap LAA Permit aircraft with a VW beetle engine for £3K and pay £12 per hour for supermarket petrol. Insurance is £250 p.a. It can be done (I did it last year). Hangarage is likely your highest cost. Russ
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 17:34
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Originally Posted by Ultranomad View Post
Numerous outfits in Czechia, Hungary and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. You can hire a Tecnam Echo for an equivalent of £65 per hour wet at LKBE, or C150 or C152 for £75...85 at LKLT, LKJA, LKPM, LHKA just to name a few. Inexpensive lodging, too; some flying clubs have basic accommodations right at the airfield. If you are into tailwheel aircraft, there are options like Piper Cub, Zlin 126/226 etc.
Hi Ultranomad,

Which outfits offer those deals at LKLT or LKJA? Would be very interested in the C150/C152 for hour building?

Cheers,

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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 18:37
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@NorthernCounties, it's Letecká škola Jaroměř at LKJA and Happy Aviation at LKLT, though the latter seems to have raised the price.
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 19:35
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Thanks Ultranomad!
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