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All my flights get cancelled should I give up on my PPL?

Old 23rd Jul 2019, 13:17
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All my flights get cancelled should I give up on my PPL?

Despite booking ~10 lessons a month, I'll fly once a month if I'm lucky!

Because of the weather, apparently I can't train in the winter in Canada, or the summer if it's too hot, or most of spring because it rains!


If it will take 5 years to do a PPL is there any point in trying to get a commercial license? I'll be 100 years old before I can get the hours in!

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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 14:24
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Have you considered going somewhere more suitable? Plenty of people have done 2 or 3 week PPLs in the US, and it's only a paperwork exercise to convert that to Canadian.
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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 14:33
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moreover, if you did get your ppl, when would you be able to fly if you can't when you're learning?
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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 14:50
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One thing confuses me: your location is given as "WAW", doesn't that stand for Warszawa? Not in Canada, if I remember anything from college geographics? If really in Canada, I wonder what region - there's quite a few contributors here from Maple Country, and I never heard the climate is particularly forbidding.
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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 15:38
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Originally Posted by rudestuff View Post
Have you considered going somewhere more suitable? Plenty of people have done 2 or 3 week PPLs in the US, and it's only a paperwork exercise to convert that to Canadian.
I looked into the US route, though it'd cost about triple assuming I could get the time off from my job
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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 20:23
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Triple?! Jesus flight training can't be that cheap in Canada can it? What's your budget?
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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 20:50
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Originally Posted by eeeaddict View Post
Because of the weather, apparently I can't train in the winter in Canada, or the summer if it's too hot, or most of spring because it rains!
I did some floatplane training on the Island. When I enquired in advance about the likelihood of weather cancellations I was told "we fly 365 days a year".

So, #NotAllCanada.
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Old 24th Jul 2019, 02:51
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Because of the weather, apparently I can't train in the winter in Canada, or the summer if it's too hot, or most of spring because it rains!
Interesting. Back in the day, I completed my PPL in just under 60 days flying from just outside London, Ontario. Early morning fog meant we couldn't fly in the early morning, and then some big boomers coming through in the late afternoon would shut the whole of southwestern Ontario down for the evening. A few years later and back in Canada saw my CPL and IFR conversions done in the winter. Yeah, a little cold would stop things for a day or two out of Toronto, but you dress for it and off you go. Heck, there is nothing quite like flying over the country in a 172 after a snowfall when its -20C outside. Take some hot chocolate with you to keep warm and you're good as gold.

Out here in Cowtown, the weather has been on and off, but generally on. Yeah, a couple of days where it might turn into GS day because of the rain., but you'd have to have the worst luck to turn 10 days into 1.

So, my questions have to be: Where in Canada are you trying to train, are you looking at the weather forecast when you book your training, and how are you managing your bookings - as in, one a day, two a day?
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Old 26th Jul 2019, 06:52
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Originally Posted by eeeaddict View Post
All my flights get cancelled should I give up on my PPL?
I started my PPL training in the UK back in June 2011. Since then I have had (in no particular order):

One new job,
One house move,
The birth of two children
2 Different training airfields.
4 Different flying schools (two sold, one bankrupt)
4 Aircraft types
4 Six-month+ gaps in training (including no flying at all in 2014 and only 2:35 in 2016)
7 Original theory exams passed, and expired
9 New theory exams passed
11 Instructors
13 Hours pre-April 2012 which no longer count
114 Take-offs and landings

Before finally passing my skills test in September 2018 with 47:20 (countable) hours in the book (over seven years later!)

If it is something you want to do then keep at it! Nothing worthwhile was ever easy. But only you know if it is really what you want. If it is, you'll find a way to make it work.
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Old 26th Jul 2019, 07:51
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Had something similar at southend in 68, crooked club owner, incompetent assistant instructor who would cancel my detail if a young lady turned up..went on to the CAA..owner took my substantial membership fee then closed up.
Four years later I have a jet strapped to my [email protected]
50 years later still flying.
Worth the perseverance
good luck
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Old 26th Jul 2019, 22:35
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Four years later I have a jet strapped to my [email protected]
Are you Yves Rossy?
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 07:40
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Are you Yves Rossy?
No but know him ...Iím still happily married..divorce does strange things to the mind ;-)
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 00:16
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Try to persevere. I had a couple of situations like you are talking about. Is the weather really that bad? I had instructors that didnít want to fly, airfields change hands. Flying schools go bankrupt, but the biggest pain was an instructor that didnít like flying. Eventually I found a club 5hat had older instructors that loved to teach, everything changed and I havenít looked back. The climate where I live can only be counted on to let you down, if my more recent instructors said the weather was too bad, I knew it before we talked.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 06:21
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Here in Melbourne the southeastern Aussie weather is also highly unpredictable to the point where booking flying lessons in winter became a hit and miss exercise during my PPL training. In the end I simply resorted to booking the aircraft and instructor for multiple lessons on a single day of good weather. The single biggest advice I derived from my own training was that regular and consistent flying was the key to obtaining your license quickly.

However: it wasn't until I started my instrument rating training that I realised that living in Melbourne was actually very helpful in experiencing real IMC days. My second advice is this: if getting an instrument rating (or night VFR) is also on your roadmap, why not start right away on those cloudy and rainy days? Obviously this is assuming that you're already some way down your PPL training, e.g. you've got your basic flying skills. Here in Australia, a PPL is a requirement to add an IR but nothing precludes the candidate from starting their IR training beforehand. Flying in IMC also definitely improves your overall flying skills.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 08:17
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As someone else has said, have you looked into going somewhere for 2/3 weeks to pass? My Dad was offered to do the same in Florida, when he was moving out there.

Iím certain itís just paperwork job to get it converted to a Canadian license.
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 00:56
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Yep, I kinda have the same feeling. I have been getting close to my first solo for 9 months now. I was planning to fly a lot this summer with my instructor in order to do the final lessons before my solo but the club's DV20 (my trainer aircraft) was broken for almost the entire summer. Now it is finally fixed but my school starts again in two days. I don't know if I'll have much time to fly due to my upcoming matriculation exams. And after that I have to do my military service because Finland is one of the rare Western countries that still have conscription. And there is no way out of it unless I want to spend 173 days in prison.

So I'm not sure either when I will be able to finish my flight training. Luckily, I can apply to do my military service in the air force, difficult to get in but certainly more enjoyable than the regular army stuff. But I'm not going to give up on my dream of getting my PPL and neither should you! It might take some time but eventually we will get it. Oh, and FYI, since I'm doing my flight training in Finland, we have a lot of days where VFR is not possible. It sucks, but in the future, there will certainly be days when flying is possible.

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Old 8th Aug 2019, 16:00
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I think we are being trolled here. OP won't say where in Canada... and it's a big country, highly variable climates.

But very few places here are that poor for flying, winter or summer. Maybe Newfoundland perhaps. The rest is almost ideal.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 20:10
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I think we are being trolled here.
And so have I been thinking, too, for quite a while already. Curious how _some_ obviously inappropriate postings disappear almost immediately, never leaving even the faintest shade of history or explication; while others are granted eternal life...
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