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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Hi all.

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 :-


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Looking forward to the summer now.


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Congrats!  birthday   bigthumbsup   champagne   trophy   cool 


LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 476 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Well done Lee!! bigthumbsup 

No doubt this is yet another excuse for a celebratory few pints at the Green Man,the first couple are on me!

Congrats again mate.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13194 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Congratulations!
Excellent stuff.
(Wondered where you'd been)


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39854 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Congrats Leezyjet!  Smile


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Hey Lee that's great! Well done indeed. Big grin

So, are you going to go flying with Ben and try land on top of him in his TB-10? Dam, I'm going to have to be there to see that!

Congratulations once more. I'll buy you an ice cream or something to celebrate.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Congratulations Leezyjet. I'm sure it was difficult to cram all that learning into such a short amount of time.

User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

Congrats lee...always fun to go where ever you want to go a long way away by car and still be back by dinner. Congrats!!!!!


XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Lee,

Very well done mate, what an achievement that is!  yes 

Congratulations and happy trails!  airplane 

Justin  Smile


User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

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.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

XJR,

I guess the advantages of working for VS are being able to fly to SA cheaply!

I also think it could of been to do with cost/time/etc?! Lee will know more, obviously.

Cheers,
Justin  biggrin 


User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 927 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

Congratulations Leezyjet on your accomplishment!

From one pilot to another, you know what I am saying when I say that you have succesfully acquired your Lisence to Learn.

Good Luck, and clear skies (at least until you have your Instrument Rating).



Time...to un-pimp...ze auto!
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

Congratulations Lee!  champagne 

Hope you enjoyed SA in amongst all the training.

Now all you have to do is master the challenge of flying into LBA for when you visit your folks.  Wink



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Fantastic news mate!

You must be thrilled, really well done to you.  Smile


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Excellent news mate!!!!

My highest regards and congrats to you!!!!

xxxx

kazzie x


(I can so see you and ben doing formation flying now!!  Silly)


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Congratulations, happy flying,

Sam biggrin 



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1403 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 !!!.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1372 times:

Great to hear that!

Congratulations!!



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Nice One Big grin


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Congrats mate Big grin

Happy flying!  airplane 



אני תומך בישראל
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):
flying up to 6 hours a day

I can think of worse things... 

Seriously, congrats! My checkride is coming up within the next couple of weeks, so I know from personal experience how rewarding such an accomplishment can be.   

[Edited 2005-04-22 02:21:59]

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8234 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Jesus tapdancing Christ.... 15 days?! Good God it took me 2 years! Wow.

Congratulations though!



This Website Censors Me
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Quoting N766UA (Reply 21):
Jesus tapdancing Christ.... 15 days?! Good God it took me 2 years! Wow.

Damn, took me 2.5 years and about 95 hours. Darn UND policies....

Congrats Lee!

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Congrats!

May you always have a tailwind...



"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 23):
May you always have a tailwind...

Except on Final!  laughing 


25 787 : So you will have a South African certificate? And to get a UK one will cost you what? Could you explain the differences?
26 HAWK21M : Great stuff. regds MEL
27 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : Congratulations Lee on this great achievement ! Out of curiosity (read:my next project), where in SA is that flight school located ? UTA
28 Post contains images 707CMF : Congrats. Now time to learn to fly real aircraft (taildraggers ) Cheers, 707
29 Post contains links Andz : UTA there are several flight schools in the Port Elizabeth vicinity and in the Eastern Cape province, one at Port Alfred is used by SAA to train the c
30 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : How does it feel to be a specialist in an obsolete technology ? Andz thanks for the link - now to convince my company to send me to ZA for a couple o
31 Post contains images WunalaYann : That rocks!!! Congratulations, hats off, thumbs up, high fives, you name it!!! Cheers.
32 JGPH1A : Well done ! That's excellent - how did you enjoy PE ? Nice part of the world, although fairly quiet ! Hmmm - not THAT much scheduled traffic (about 1
33 Euclid : Congratulations! 15 days and 42 hours...WOW! That's excellent! Took me 8 months and 52 hours, flying only on weekends and school holidays, back in 198
34 ZKSUJ : Congratulations man, great stuff
35 Post contains links and images Leezyjet : UTA, http://www.algoafc.co.za is where I went. It's located at Port Elizabeth Airport. It's a not for profit flying club as opposed to a flying school
36 Post contains images Pe@rson : Nice one Leezyjet! Am pleased for you.
37 Post contains images Stall : Congratulations !!! Fly safe and have fun
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