British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
I want to do my PPL next year and have been doing some research on where I can do it. To do it in my area would cost me £4,995. I saw a company in the US (in Pennsylvania) that does UK licenses for $4,695 (£2,620), and also a company in South Africa (in Cape Town) for 36,106 Rand (£3,020). Both prices include accomodation and all I would need to pay for are the flights there and food. The flights to Cape Town are £200 more than to Philadelphia.
What would you go for? Would you go to Pennsylvania or Cape Town to do it? I have never been to South Africa, but I would like to visit it. But I am not sure that I want to pay so much more to do the PPL there. What do you advise?
British767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
There's is an oppotunity to fly at Long Beach in California with same company, but there's a special offer with the branch in Pennsylvania. But I bet by this time next year the price would be the same anyways. I'd prefer Long Beach as it is much busier.
Moolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1963 times:
I am busy doing my PPL at Lanseria, which is the busiest airport in Africa in terms of number of take offs and landings. We que for ages some times. But I try and scheduled my lessons when the ques are shortest. I am throughly enjoying it and I am doing it in South Africa in Johannesburg.
Pilothighflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
If you'd really like to waste money Embry Riddle Aeronautical University offers something called the Sunflight Private Pilot Camp for $15,000. HAHA
I currently fly in CT, which is not far from Pennsylvania and the weather here is iffy, i'd say the package is California would be more fun, but of course you'll being missing out on flying into New York City's Airspace.
JAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
It's possible to do your PPL in two weeks. But, you have to dedicate yourself to it and nothing else.
For most of us with jobs and school, it takes a while. For me, it took approximately 9 months, one of which we didn't get to fly at all because of the weather.
If your looking for a "speedy" course, I'd look into ALL ATPS, Inc. http://www.allatps.com. If I had the oppurtunity to do it over again, I would have done it with them. You get 85 hours in a Skyhawk with training for $6,995. That's substantially less then paying as you go (especially in the New York City area.) I'd be wary and stay away from schools that offer a PPL in 45 hours. That just freaks me out.
SA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1921 times:
Look up Rand airport and Lanseria airport...they've both got great flight centres. Phoebus Apollos is based at Rand and Lanseria Flight Centre is at Lanseria......Just a few other airports for training that you might want to look up: Wonderboom, Grand Central, Virginia (Durban)