Leezyjet
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A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:04 am

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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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:11 am

Congrats!  birthday   bigthumbsup   champagne   trophy   cool 


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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:18 am

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.
 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:18 am

Congratulations!
Excellent stuff.
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:20 am

Congrats Leezyjet!  Smile
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:23 am

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.
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:28 am

Congratulations Leezyjet. I'm sure it was difficult to cram all that learning into such a short amount of time.
 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:29 am

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!!!!!


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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:33 am

Lee,

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

Congratulations and happy trails!  airplane 

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:14 am

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.

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:17 am

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,
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:31 am

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).
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:32 am

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
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:51 am

Fantastic news mate!

You must be thrilled, really well done to you.  Smile
 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:02 am

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)
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:28 am

Congratulations, happy flying,

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:12 am

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 !!!.

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:08 am

Great to hear that!

Congratulations!!
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:54 am

Nice One Big grin


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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:59 am

Congrats mate Big grin

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:19 am

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]
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:23 am

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

Congratulations though!
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:39 pm

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!

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:46 pm

Congrats!

May you always have a tailwind...
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:52 pm

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

Except on Final!  laughing 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:21 pm

So you will have a South African certificate? And to get a UK one will cost you what? Could you explain the differences?
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:57 pm

Great stuff.
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:05 pm

Congratulations Lee on this great achievement !

Out of curiosity (read:my next project), where in SA is that flight school located ?


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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:06 pm

Congrats.

Now time to learn to fly real aircraft (taildraggers Big grin )

Cheers,

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:15 pm

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 cadet pilots before they are placed with SA Express and SA Airlink, both SAA regional partners.

When I read the initial post I knew money was the main issue, at ZAR 11 to the GBP it is dirt cheap to come here for anything!

http://www.bestaviation.net/search_flight_school_africa.asp
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:22 pm

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 28):
Now time to learn to fly real aircraft (taildraggers )

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 of months  Silly

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:55 pm

That rocks!!!  champagne 

Congratulations, hats off, thumbs up, high fives, you name it!!!  biggrin   bigthumbsup 

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:00 pm

Well done ! That's excellent - how did you enjoy PE ? Nice part of the world, although fairly quiet !

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 16):
also wanted to learn at a proper airport mixing with scheduled traffic

Hmmm - not THAT much scheduled traffic (about 1 an hour, on a busy day, right ?) - the airport is nicely situated too, only a few minutes from the beach - bargain.
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:41 pm

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 1989 while still in school.

Got my renewal coming up in June. Aaargh!! Not looking forward to it, although I must say with my last renewal test in 2003 I got a VERY pretty female instructor, so that helped a lot. Maybe I'll strike it lucky again this year.

Anyways, well done again. Hope you enjoyed SA.

Regards from a very new A.net member.
 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:41 pm

Congratulations man, great stuff
 
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:00 pm

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, so all the money made goes into the running of the club. They have been around since the 1950's. It is a more relaxed atmosphere than most flying schools that can be very regimented.

"Hmmm - not THAT much scheduled traffic (about 1 an hour, on a busy day, right ?)"

Yeah it's not exactly LHR, but it's not as busy as CPT so there isn't much holding, but at least you are getting the experience, although it is a little busier now.

"So you will have a South African certificate? And to get a UK one will cost you what? Could you explain the differences?"

To convert to JAA straight away, I would have to take all the exams again and do a flight test, but you can still fly here on an SA licence, just you are restricted to UK airspace unless you get prior permission from all the countries you wish to fly to in Europe if flying in a G reg a/c. That isn't a problem for me as there are plenty of places to visit in the UK anyway. Although if you wait until 100 hours, it's just 2 exams and a flight test to convert to JAA.

There is a guy who is an SA rated instructor who lives in the UK so you can do your renewals here too - there is loads of info regarding flying with an SA license on his website http://www.higherplane.flyer.co.uk/

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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:40 pm

Nice one Leezyjet! Am pleased for you.  Smile
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RE: A.Net Has A New Pilot!

Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:09 pm

Congratulations !!!

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