British767
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PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 7:24 am

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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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 10:13 am

South Africa...for sure  Big thumbs up

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

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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 10:39 am

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?!

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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 12:11 pm

Well...the Amish like it there.

BTW...what is a PPL? "Professional Pilot's license?
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 8:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 8:41 pm

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


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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 8:47 pm

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.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 9:14 pm

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.


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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 9:29 pm

I'll do that. Thanks for suggesting it.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 9:32 pm

I actually just checked the prices for Long Beach and it is only another $300, not bad at all!
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 10:28 pm

Where in Pennsylvania is it located, it's a big State.
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Thu May 27, 2004 10:30 pm

Lancaster airport is where it would be
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Mon May 31, 2004 7:14 am

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.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:20 am

British767, how long time would it take for you to get it ?
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Mon May 31, 2004 10:37 am

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.

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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:56 am

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.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:09 am

"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...

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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:02 am

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.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:05 am

I'm not looking for speed. I am just on a budget. Also going abroad to do a UK PPL appeals to me greatly.
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:11 am

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
 
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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:42 am

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)

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RE: PPL In South Africa Or USA?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:32 am

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.


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