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PPL In South Africa Or USA?  
User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 3 months ago) and read 1801 times:

Hi everyone,

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?

Thanks
British767

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User currently offlineTubbyboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

South Africa...for sure  Big thumbs up

A great place to learn to fly...and also gives you a chance to visit us here!!

Cheers!


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

Cape Town. Mainly, because if you're getting your PPL, Cape Town has much better weather to do it in. Unless, you want the variety  Smile

But also, because I've heard nothing but good things about South Africa. I mean, who wants to be stuck in Pennsylvania anyway?!

LH423



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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Well...the Amish like it there.

BTW...what is a PPL? "Professional Pilot's license?



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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

Altogether it would be about another £900 to do the PPL in South Africa. So that's why I am not 100% sure about going to SA.

A PPL stands for "Private Pilot's License", which would enaable me for fly Cessnas and so on.


User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Shop around a bit more in the states.

Try to go to Florida or California, as they have much better weather.

Also I can see one other advantage in the US, the airfields appear to be more busy, so u get used to flying in busy airspace.

Ah theres also the great shopping you can do there aswell  Smile


Jamo


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1736 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.

User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

I'd go with long beach.

But keep searching. Theres a few others aout with good prices. Check the ads in the back of Pilot and Flyer.


Jamo


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

I'll do that. Thanks for suggesting it.

User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

I actually just checked the prices for Long Beach and it is only another $300, not bad at all!

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16858 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Where in Pennsylvania is it located, it's a big State.


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Lancaster airport is where it would be

User currently offlineMoolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1700 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.

User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

British767, how long time would it take for you to get it ?

User currently offlinePilothighflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1681 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.

Robert


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Leviticus, 4-5 weeks. I have a feeling someone is going to critisise that now, saying it's impossible to do a PPL in 4-5 weeks.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

"I have a feeling someone is going to critisise that now, saying it's impossible to do a PPL in 4-5 weeks."

Not sure about a UK PPL, but the record for a US PPL is a hair under 2 weeks IIRC...4-5 weeks isnt impossible...

Greg



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1665 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.


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

I'm not looking for speed. I am just on a budget. Also going abroad to do a UK PPL appeals to me greatly.

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

British767,

What are the details of the Pennsylvania company doing it for $4700? How many hours, what type of aircraft, etc.? You have a link?

- JAL  Smile


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1658 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)

Rgds  Big thumbs up
SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

I know of people doing their PPL in 6 weeks, but like it has been said above, they did nothing but fly study fly and study. Expect to fly more than once a day, and study a lot.

California has plenty of nice places to do it, and so does Las Vegas.

Also, try to go to http://www.beapilot.com. They have a great resource for looking up flight schools.


Good luck,
S.A.S.


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