sushka
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So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:31 am

Im interested to know when the private pilots here got their licenses. How long did it take? How many hours did you have?

I started in January and right now I have 46 hours. After one more night flight, I will be ready to practice for the checkride.
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serge
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:38 am

I started training on and off last November, took a 50 hour ground school successfully, and have done two flights to other airports (not quite XC's because of the lack of planning.. won't explain inless someone asks  Smile). I only have about 12 hours of actual logged dual time in a C152 and a C172 (about equal).

My situation is that I just turned 14 now, so another 2 years to go before I can even make a dent (solo). Oh well.... I'm getting there. As the Senior Pilot at the FBO said "You can never go back to x number of hours".  Smile

regards,
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cmchardyfl
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:49 am

I got my PPL in Dubai and passed the test in Jan of this year. It took me just over 50 hours, however that was mainly because I started flying in Nov 99 and I didnt turn 18 until the end of 2001. I have since entered into commercial flight training and have built up 120 hours solo time. Ive got JAR, FAA and GCAA PPLs now, and also the JAR night rating and IMC. I couldnt be having anymore fun!

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doug_or
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:53 am

18, feb 2001 about 45 hours.... instrument checkride for the next tuesday was scheduled today.....
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mightyfalcon
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:58 am

I got my PPL in France, February 1993. I had then 43 hours 55 min (Solo: 17h20), including a 02h15min final test.

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jhooper
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 9:35 am

I got rated October 1996.
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KAUSpilot
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 9:49 am

Got mine in april of this year with about 90 hours.
 
sushka
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 12:49 pm

Thanks for all your replies. Did anyone ever fail a checkride? What happens then? Does your aviaton career go down the drain? That is what I was told, but I dont think that is possible.
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jhooper
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 1:06 pm

Failing a single checkride won't necessarily ruin your career, as long as you're upfront about it and they don't uncover it after you lied about not flunking a checkride. The hiring personnel will most likely look at your record after you failed the checkride. If it's a pattern of failures, you may have a problem, but like I said, a bust happens every now and then to even good pilots.
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shaun3000
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 3:27 pm

I got my PPL last Friday (6/28/2002)

Took me slightly over a month of flying twice a day, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to get it. It was 45 hours for me.
 
saintsman
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 4:51 pm

I learnt to fly in Fort Worth in 1993. A friend and I went there in our holidays specifically to get our PPLs. He took 20 days and I got mine the following morning on 21 days. We didn't fly every day either but we were both aircraft engineers which helped immencely.

We were solo after a week and by the end of the next week had done a 300 mile solo xc triangle. We had really good instructors who never let us get too big for our boots. Couldn't have done it without them!
 
mightyfalcon
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 4:53 pm

Hi all,

First of all, congrats to a new member of our private club: Shaun3000  Big thumbs up

Then, why not pushing this thread a bit further: "What was the plane you trained on?"

I'll start, if you don't mind. I trained on a Robin DR-400/180R looking like this one


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As I said earlier on, that was in February 1993. A couple of years later, I was astonished to see "MY" plane on the Avions Robin display at the Paris air Show !(1995) Registration was F-GLKP
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radarbeam
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 6:54 pm

I started flying in January of 2000 out of St Hubert airport in Montreal and I got my PPL in 48 hours in November o the same year then I got my night rating in April of this year and now I'm working on my CPL (well, not now because I'm on vacations for a month in France hehe).
 
radarbeam
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 7:10 pm

Oh and BTW I trained in Cessna 152 and 172


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BCal Dc10
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:06 pm

I got my PPL when I was 17 (a few years ago now!!) and got most of my hours through a flying scholarship from the RAF, which made it considerably cheaper!! I only had to put in 10 hours myself. Kept it up with the minimum... and I did it at Blackpool which is a fun place to learn.

And here's the baby I learnt in...  Big thumbs up


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broke
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RE: So When Did You All Get Your Private?

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:21 pm

I got my private license in the Spring of 1964 on Long Island. God, that's a long time ago!!
I had to schedule my check ride three times. At that time, the check rides were given at Zahn's airport which was right on the southern side of the Southern State Parkway. Across the SSP was the Republic Airport at Farmingdale, at that time they were busy building F-105's!! I learned how to fly at MacArthur Airport at Ronkonoma. NY. Zahn's was funky airport with two narrow runways; North-South, East-West in the shape of a tee. The East-West runway was on the North end of the North-South. Due to the proximity of the Republic Airport, every approach at Zahn's was different (only one, landing to the North was a standard left hand approach). From the North, you had to stay South of the SSP, which was very close.
The first time, as I landed, a layer of fog rolled in from the South. As I turned off the runway, the South end was already socked in. I waited several hours for the fog to clear (sort-of) and got a special VFR clearance to land back at MacArthur. My appointment time had come and gone and I had to get back to base (I was in the Air Force at the time, A2C).
The second time, I didn't know my magnetic compass was off by 25 degrees (always check it when you line up on the runway to see if the compass agrees with the runway heading). So, I got lost almost immediately when I started the simulated cross-country leg of my check ride. Pretty hard to do on Long Island!!  Laugh out loud The FAA check pilot did run me through the rest of my check ride (Thank you, thank you!!), which I did acceptably.
The third time was the charm!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
After my discharge, my finances were limited; it was either Engineering school, FAA Airtraffic Control school, or flying. I was accepted at three Colleges, so to Engineering school I went. Thank you ERAI. That's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Now University).
Yes, I was very nervous, don't know what to say to ease that. You just get as prepared as you can (take a good ground school, have a good flight instructor) and go for it!! Good flying!!