Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 55 Posted (8 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
I'm back from South Africa and I'm now finally able to say that I AM A PILOT !!!.
I passed my PPL course with 42 hours, 15 days flying and 3/4 days ground school - thats even quicker than that place in the states !!!.
I would not recommend doing it in such a short time though, it has been hard work doing up to 12 hour days, sometimes flying up to 6 hours a day then having to study on a night as well as finding time to go out on the p!$$ with the other guys and girls !!!.
This is the baby that I did most of my flying in, and my first Solo, my cross country solo and my flight tests, although I have also been signed off on the C-172 as well :-
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 55 Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 1050 times:
Thanks guys and girls for the replies.
"I was meaning to ask you...why SA? Not cracking on SA, just why you chose a flight school not only in a completely different country, but in another hemesphere as well. Again, congrats."
For the same reason so many people go to the US to do it, £££. It was £3000 to do it in SA compared to £5000+ in the UK, also the weather is a big factor too. The weather in Florida is too perfect to learn to fly in and can cause problems for new pilots when they return to the UK, as they are not used to flying in less than perfect weather, where as the weather in Port Elizabeth is similar to the weather we get in the UK in summer. I also wanted to learn at a proper airport mixing with scheduled traffic rather than at a small airfield with just other light a/c, as it gets you more used to the procedures from the start.
Kaz, we have already discussed the formation flight. I have read the Air Law rules and it says that formation flight is only allowed with the permission of BOTH pilots in command - and I know Captain Ben is up for it !!!.
Just got to wait up to 1 month for my license to come through now before I can go flying again !!!.
Flight Sim is sooooooooooo unrealistic now - well for VFR flight anyway !!!.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"