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27th Jun 2019, 12:41
Replies: 18
Views: 2,079
Posted By TheOddOne

DTO Inspections

Has anyone here present had a DTO inspection or have one scheduled? We've heard nothing. Whereas I understand that one is given 3 months' notice, presumably the first inspections would have been...
26th Jun 2019, 05:06
Replies: 2
Views: 1,698
Posted By TheOddOne

I use a pair of tinted varifocals as my 'spare...

I use a pair of tinted varifocals as my 'spare pair' and they do seem to give a little better definition in marginal conditions, but not to the extent reported by DB. Sounds like you've hit the sweet...
25th Jun 2019, 16:40
Replies: 30
Views: 5,434
Posted By TheOddOne

It would mean a minimum of a 2-hour round-trip...

It would mean a minimum of a 2-hour round-trip flight from here to enter any Class 'D' airspace. The best we can manage is an ATZ crossing.
The biggest problem we have is with visitors not calling...
23rd Jun 2019, 16:59
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By TheOddOne

Not strictly true. They were removed from the ab...

Not strictly true. They were removed from the ab initio syllabus several decades ago because it was killing too many instructors. Intentional spins are prohibited in many training aircraft types, but...
21st Jun 2019, 20:02
Replies: 30
Views: 5,434
Posted By TheOddOne

Meanwhile in the real world, we're teaching...

Meanwhile in the real world, we're teaching students how to use the moving map installed in the panel and showing them Skydemon on a tablet. Other VFR software is available (apparently you have to...
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Jun 2019, 19:43
Replies: 20
Views: 4,046
Posted By TheOddOne

My first instinct would have been to visit the...

My first instinct would have been to visit the Watch Manager in the Tower upon shutting down, whilst the event is still fresh in everyone's mind. If you were 'cleared' to taxy, it implies full ATC....
17th Jun 2019, 07:58
Replies: 12
Views: 2,230
Posted By TheOddOne

As you say, a strangely worded set of answers. As...

As you say, a strangely worded set of answers. As before, I note that you only quote 3 answers. The current UK CAA exam papers all feature 4 answers (ever since they stopped negative marking for...
16th Jun 2019, 16:44
Replies: 12
Views: 2,493
Posted By TheOddOne

We charge the same hourly rate for dual training...

We charge the same hourly rate for dual training for both the LAPL and the PPL, in the same aircraft with the same instructor. I don't know of any instructors who are restricted to just the LAPL...
14th Jun 2019, 17:35
Replies: 39
Views: 14,461
Posted By TheOddOne

Re wearing eye protection. A friend of mine...

Re wearing eye protection.

A friend of mine had an accident in a PA28. The windscreen broke into shards of Perspex and he had multiple small cuts on his face. The prescription glasses he was...
10th Jun 2019, 17:48
Replies: 8
Views: 2,178
Posted By TheOddOne

We've found Shlott quite good at only 10 pcm inc...

We've found Shlott quite good at only 10 pcm inc VAT. With about 80 members and 3-4 aircraft, it copes well. We're just going over to QuickBooks from Sage to enable Making Tax Digital, but we use...
30th May 2019, 22:01
Replies: 18
Views: 3,070
Posted By TheOddOne

I'm sure we all understand how the code is used....

I'm sure we all understand how the code is used. A few pilots I've spoken to mistakenly think that because they're being allocated a code, they're getting a radar service, which of course they're...
27th May 2019, 05:19
Replies: 1
Views: 2,663
Posted By TheOddOne

I haven't and I don't know any instructors who...

I haven't and I don't know any instructors who have. For PPL instructors, the loss of income following loss of medical is probably not worth the insurance. For higher-paid career instructors, it...
24th May 2019, 17:10
Replies: 19
Views: 2,171
Posted By TheOddOne

What - the reason for the message or the rising...

What - the reason for the message or the rising and falling in intonation?
Dunno about the latter, but the former...
Heathrow was designed in the era of relatively short span aircraft with a...
23rd May 2019, 18:51
Replies: 2
Views: 1,124
Posted By TheOddOne

In order to maximise your options, I'd get an...

In order to maximise your options, I'd get an EASA PPL. It's 'training as required' and a test (then some money to the CAA!) Go to your local school and I'm sure they'd be pleased to help.
Then go...
22nd May 2019, 18:21
Replies: 40
Views: 5,196
Posted By TheOddOne

Sadly the ideal world doesn't exist. You all...

Sadly the ideal world doesn't exist. You all might well be right but let's face facts. Most school teach on Cessna 152/172 or PA28. Finding one with a ELA1 taildragger with an in-date engine and an...
9th May 2019, 18:54
Replies: 7
Views: 1,052
Posted By TheOddOne

I must admit I do it as a service rather than...

I must admit I do it as a service rather than with a great deal of enthusiasm these days. It's OK when it's blowing a gale outside and but folk need to make bookings and its galling when it's flyable...
7th May 2019, 16:53
Replies: 29
Views: 12,011
Posted By TheOddOne

So let's look at some figures. Present rates...

So let's look at some figures.

Present rates seem to be aout 25, rising to 30 - 35 in some places.
Assume 500 hours a year is a sensible maximum, bearing in mind briefings and the weather.
At...
27th Apr 2019, 21:41
Replies: 44
Views: 10,409
Posted By TheOddOne

I knew someone with over 5,000 instructional...

I knew someone with over 5,000 instructional hours who was still restricted. He specialised in teaching PPLs aerobatics, so never got to send ab initio students solo...

TOO
27th Apr 2019, 12:50
Replies: 60
DTO
Views: 14,553
Posted By TheOddOne

We got our approval number by return of e-mail. I...

We got our approval number by return of e-mail. I see there are currently 177 listed, against the CAA's expectation of about 250, so some must have fallen by the wayside. The whole thing was...
25th Apr 2019, 17:57
Replies: 21
Views: 3,916
Posted By TheOddOne

This is always a conundrum. When I first...

This is always a conundrum.

When I first started in 1982 we leased a Rallye from ATS at Biggin Hill - they gave us free hours when we did any above 400 p.a. The plus here was that we got another...
24th Apr 2019, 05:53
Replies: 12
Views: 1,427
Posted By TheOddOne

The one that amuses me is the only known test for...

The one that amuses me is the only known test for 100 series Cessna stall reed checks - sucking on the rectangular leading edge aperture...

Oh, actually, the other test of course is to actually...
22nd Apr 2019, 22:00
Replies: 44
Views: 10,409
Posted By TheOddOne

Having previously done the CRI course, some time...

Having previously done the CRI course, some time prior to doing the full FI course, I feel able to comment on the relative worth of the 2 qualifications.
In my view, the CRI test, as Genghis points...
22nd Apr 2019, 16:58
Replies: 21
Views: 3,916
Posted By TheOddOne

Yes, that just about sums it up. Case study....

Yes, that just about sums it up.

Case study. We have a PA28, running on TBO + extension and calendar +extension, both of which expire this autumn. The airframe has also some distress about it,...
18th Apr 2019, 18:28
Replies: 21
Views: 3,916
Posted By TheOddOne

If that is for an engine within training...

If that is for an engine within training organisation calendar and hours, I'd say it's a bargain!. Can you please say what minimum hours a month you've contracted for at that rate?

TOO
14th Apr 2019, 09:37
Replies: 16
Views: 1,880
Posted By TheOddOne

Suburb of Newcastle. Gosport. Town in...

Suburb of Newcastle.

Gosport. Town in Hampshire, to the West of Portsmouth. Place where the Gosport Tube was developed, to enable instructors to talk to pupils.
Click on this link for more info:...
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