Sjg From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 5475 times:
Like most people here I have always wanted to be a pilot, way back when I was 5 and saw a Spitfire in a museum I was hooked. Unfortunately it turned out I was colourblind , so here I am at 22 finishing up a medical degree.
I have recently started looking into it again though, and want to try and get my PPL. I understand that I would probably pass the medical to fly during daylight, and if I wanted to be able to fly at night in the future could take a lantern test or similar. I am not too colourblind - think I would pass a lantern test.
The problem is I do not have much time or money, but would like to get started ASAP. I cannot pay for a whole PPL course up front - maybe one lesson every 3 weeks or so.
SO my question is - what is the maximum time you can take to get your PPL? If I completed it in 3 years or more, would that be OK?
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 5461 times:
You can take as long as you like. I have a feeling that some of the written exams may "expire" if you don't complete within a certain period after sitting and passing them, but obviously you should coordinate the written exams with the progress of your flying training.
The only major issue is that the longer there between lessons, the more you have to re-learn and consolidate each time - it can be a bit like three steps forwards, two steps back each time if you leave too long between lessons, rather than three steps forward one step back. Some flying schools may also insist on doing (for example) stalls every couple of months or so so that they are confident you are "current", so if you only fly once every three weeks then repeating the stalling exercises may consume flight time you might otherwise have used for other learning. Finally, consider that if you book a lesson every three weeks, you probably won't fly every three weeks due to weather, etc, and that by the time one week's lesson is cancelled the following week your instructor and/or airplane may be already booked to someone else.
Conventional logic suggests that one lesson a week is reasonable, less frequent lessons may mean that it will take more hours for you to complete - the minimum is 45, but with extended periods between lessons you may go significantly beyond the minimum (albeit that this will be spread over a couple of years or more).
Good luck whatever you decide to do. Probably the best action you could take would be to go ask a few flying schools what they think of your plans.
PS: You are correct about your colour vision - it may restrict your ability to fly at night, but shouldn't place a restriction on day flying