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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 13:44
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Tailwheel PPL - London

I am moving to London in January and chasing some recommendations on where to continue training.

I currently have 10 hours in a 172 and 2 hours in Citabria (In Auckland) and would like to complete my PPL training in the UK on a tail dragger. I will be based in Central London but would be available for entire days Mon - Fri and hence somewhere that has full-time instructors would be preferable. Bonus points if its aero capable.
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 15:15
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Just a bit of relevant info for you:

EASA doesn't allow us to count any of your 12 hours. You may also have limited options of clubs near London who would be prepared to do the whole course on a tailwheel.
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 19:42
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Just a bit of relevant info for you:

EASA doesn't allow us to count any of your 12 hours. You may also have limited options of clubs near London who would be prepared to do the whole course on a tailwheel.
I thought this may be the case but what's 12 hours in the scheme of things really...
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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 20:13
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Stapleford Flight Centre has a PA-18 in their fleet, but I don't know if you can do the entire course on it. Better give them a call.
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West London Aero Club at White Waltham has a Super Cub available for PPL training.
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 02:28
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I know it stretches the definition of 'London', but I had some very good training with Glyn from the Tiger Club.

I wouldn't worry about training on something aerobatic - there's time for that later and your lessons will be much cheaper if you stick to a non-aerobatic aircraft for the time being.
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 08:02
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I know it stretches the definition of 'London', but I had some very good training with Glyn from the Tiger Club.

I wouldn't worry about training on something aerobatic - there's time for that later and your lessons will be much cheaper if you stick to a non-aerobatic aircraft for the time being.
Why is it a stretch from London? The Tiger Club is only a 5mins taxi from Upminster tube station these days. Based at Damyns Hall. They do allow PPL tuition in their cub, they dont have full time flight instructors but there are a few around - I would contact them and see what they say! Https://tigerclub.co.uk

For aerobatics, they also have a cap10. I don't think you should mix the aeros with the ab initio, and you wouldnt be able to obtain the EASA aerobatic rating until you had 40 hours PIC after licence issue.

Other option is White Waltham, they do have many full time instructors, but it can be hard to book an appointment as they are so busy.

Hope this helps!
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 08:48
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Try Cubair Flight Training at Redhill - they have, as their name implies, a PA-18.
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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 10:11
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Skyward Flight Training at Rougham airfield (in Suffolk) also have a PA-18-150 and train from the outset on their Cub for the PPL.
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If its not too far away for you, Cambridge Flying Group say they offer AB Initio training on their Tiger Moths
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