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    Learning to Fly

    I know a few people on here have had some lessons, and I have myself a few years ago, before giving up due to the expense.

    I've finally decided it's time to forfil my dream, so I'm off today for a month in Florida, where I shall hopefully get my licence for half the price, as well as getting a fantastic holiday. If anyone is interested in how things go, I'll try to post some updates!

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    christ, that cant be cheap. did loads of flying in the air cadets, not really that special unless you pratting around to be honest.
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    Nice one. Always wanted to learn to fly a helicopter

    A friend of mine spent the last 2 years learning to fly and getting all his licenses etc - now he gave up his IT job to go be a private pilot earning double the cashola


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    awesome - how much do you think it would cost to get a license in the states if you had no previous flying experience - well, not unless you count F22 - Total Air War

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    Quote Originally Posted by luap.h
    awesome - how much do you think it would cost to get a license in the states if you had no previous flying experience - well, not unless you count F22 - Total Air War
    Alot less than it does over here. A friend learns a Lydd.

    tbh I'd love to do it, but the annoying thing is is after you've got a licence for a single engined light aircraft you need for experience and tests to carry passengers, then charge the passengers, then fly in foul weather or dark, then dual engine, then helicopter!........it all gets rather expensive! - certainly most of those need the extra flying time, the dark one im not sure.

    Also one normally shares an aircraft with some friends - this is still expensive.

    Email the Lydd people (google) for the if you are down in the South East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeePee
    If anyone is interested in how things go, I'll try to post some updates!



    you BET I'm interested. REPORT IN, PILOT! That's an order !

    Have a great time....I am immensely jealous. Live your dreams!

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    high wycombe isn't that far fron Cranfield - more flying schools than you can shake a stick at there
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    Just out of interest is the American pilots licence valid over here without a retest etc?. You never know with regulations and i'd be interested to know.

    Yeah Cranfield rocks for light aircraft training, that and its my original village

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    I flew from there once lat year. Was less exciting than I';d hoped. Was still amazing, but it was......slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiG
    Just out of interest is the American pilots licence valid over here without a retest etc?. You never know with regulations and i'd be interested to know.

    Yeah Cranfield rocks for light aircraft training, that and its my original village

    TiG
    The American PPL is valid over here however you need to do a short test on the laws.... they are different over here.

    Ultra good thing is like sailing the language of the air is English

    http://www.lyddaero.co.uk/trial_lessons.html - I might do some, got 70 quid the other day for not doing anything

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    well, would you learn french or spanish to fly a plaene? nope. english speaking beat everyone to it...so tere you go
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    Saving up to take a JAR PPL in the states (Long Beach) through http://www.ukft.com/. Would cost £5500 for the same training in the UK but it costs just under £3000 and the license is vaild in the UK.

    Its also 6 weeks in the states (Cali) but accomodation is going to be a bit of dosh.
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    Extra costs could incur:

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    # CAA Examiner's Skills Test Fee (£150)
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    # CAA Licence Issue Fee (£146)
    # Written Examination re-sits (£23.50 each)

    As you say, accomodation could be a bit.

    NPPL costs less, but there are alot more restrictions than a JAR PPL.

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    Well, I'm here!
    Not had my first lesson yet, but going through some of the ground stuff.
    I'm doing the FAA licence, which is valid in the UK with no extra tests/training. It's better than the JAA licence since it doesn't need renewal, and includes night and turbine ratings. It's also a hell of a lot cheaper, since the FAA doesn't charge 150UKP just to issue a bit of paper.

    www.pprune.com
    www.flyer.co.uk
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    www.pilotweb.com

    all have more information.

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    gratz man, and good luck!

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    The big thing to remember when you get back to the UK is that it gets cloudy and rainy here and requires different levels of awareness in the air that you probably won't be used to in sunny US of A.

    Good luck with the training. Hope it goes well?

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