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Private Pilot License

Wed Feb 21, 2001 12:34 pm

Dear all,

There are many posting regarding getting your pilot license, but there are some unanswered questions that I would like to ask. Hope all of you can help me.

1. How long does it take to get your PPL ?

2. What are the necessary requirements ?

3. How much does it cost ?

I'm a 22 yrs old student, currently taking my Electrical Engineering degree in National University of Singapore. I know that Singapore Youth Flying Club is offering a free course on PPL, but that's only for Singaporeans, which I'm not. I'm thinking of taking my ppl in Singapore or Australia, since I don't think I can afford to go to US or Europe just for taking it.

Thanks in advance,

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RE: Private Pilot License

Wed Feb 21, 2001 1:12 pm

In the US it will cost you around 4000 dollars.
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RE: Private Pilot License

Wed Feb 21, 2001 2:22 pm

I don't know about other countries, but in the US it would probably be at least $3000. The more you can fly, the more quickly you can finish. There is a lot of info on websites such as and AOPA.
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RE: Private Pilot License

Wed Feb 21, 2001 3:04 pm

I do not know what exactly the rules are where you are. But they would have to be similar to the FAA in the US.
1 you need at least a third class medical.
2 As of lately, in the US, you need a valid drivers license
3 At least 40hrs training as by FAR 61 ( 35 hrs FAR 141)
4 you need some form of ground instruction to prepare you for the written exam.
5 anywhere from $3000 to $5000.
Sorry as I am unaware of the rules in Australia or singapore.
Hope this helps
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RE: Private Pilot License

Wed Feb 21, 2001 9:07 pm

If you decide to pursue this, do look into exactly how much $$ it would cost in the US. Rates here can be _much_ cheaper than other places in the world, even to the point of saving you money after paying for airfare.
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RE: Private Pilot License

Thu Feb 22, 2001 5:55 pm

Wow! I don't know that the fare in US can be that cheap.

Any websites that I can browse to get infos regarding taking PPL in US??

Anyway, thanks a lot for those who had replied.

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RE: Private Pilot License In The UK

Thu Feb 22, 2001 6:54 pm

Check out the websites listed above. For those interested, in the UK it will cost at least £5,000 for your basic flight training and there are exam fees, textbooks (nine volumes at £15-20 a pop), and don't forget your flight computer (like a slide rule) which is up to £100, stopwatch, maps, kneeboard etc etc.

Since the formation of the pan-EU Joint Aviation Authority (JAA), the new JAR PPL is a higher standard: more hours (50 instead of 45, or 45 instead of 40), and the academic standard of the exams is a lot higher. Apparently flying schools have reported a 40% drop in PPLS students since the CAA flying school was phased out as a result.

Therefore, the CAA in the UK are bringing in something called the National Private Pilots License, the NPPL, which is 39 hours of instruction, medical requirements the same as DVLA (in other words, your drivers license) and a lesser academic standard. Whereas the JAA's PPL is probably the highest standard in the world and can be used anywhere (say, if you wanted to hire a plane in the US), whereas the NPPL restricts the holder to UK airspace.

This is my understanding of the situation. Anyone know any more about the NPPL?
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RE: Private Pilot License

Thu Feb 22, 2001 10:11 pm

In the US, $3,000 or so would be the absolute minimum, with $4K - $5K being more typical. (not including transportation and housing for foreign students.)

Also, get a copy of the US magazine Flying. It has a number of flight school advertisements.
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RE: Private Pilot License

Thu Feb 22, 2001 10:15 pm

You dont want to do it in singapore. You will get ripped off. Singapore airspace is to small therefore costs alot to fly in.

Jandakot (Perth, Western Australia) is the common choice for most wanna be south east asian pilots. Singapore Airlines and China Southern have there flying colleges here. Its probably the most cheapest place in Australia, excluding country towns.

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