BrusselsSouth
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Private Pilot In Belgium

Tue Jun 18, 2002 9:47 pm

Does anyone have tips about the private pilot licence in Belgium ? Websites with list of schools ? Schools with good or bad fame ? Cheaper or more expensive schools ? What do you need to maintain your qualification (flight hours, # of landings, medical tests, price, ...) ?

Thanks
 
jwenting
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:28 am

Best you could do is go to some airfields and ask around. Expect it to be very expensive indeed if it is anything like the Netherlands...
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peterba69
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:30 am

I just did a quick search and came up with this school, which looks very professional, and complete, but you'll have to read it because it's not in English. http://www.bafa.be/. Good luck, and Happy flying!
Peter
 
peterba69
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Wed Jun 19, 2002 12:36 am

I just scrolled down and looked at that site more and you can select English, (duh!), and it should have all the info. It will be expensive, it is everywhere.
Peter
 
Darius
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Wed Jun 19, 2002 2:18 am

What I did (in the Netherlands) when I was looking for a flying school for my PPL, I wrote to the authorities (the RLD at that time), and asked if they could provide me with a list of flying schools. They gave me the list, on which were noted the schools and their addresses, the licenses they trained for, and whether they were approved by the authorities. From that list I visited the schools in my region (made appointments), and decided from those personal talks what school best suited my demands.
I now work for a flying school in the Netherlands, so if you want more info, feel free to email me.

Good luck!
 
BrusselsSouth
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Wed Jun 19, 2002 3:54 pm

Thank everybody for the information !

I had already made a search on the web for flight schools in Belgium, but I was wondering how to obtain a complete list of them. I will write to the Belgian Aviation Authority !

I live only 1 kilometer away from Charleroi airport (CRL / EBCI), and I know there is at least one school on this platform, so I will go there and try to meet some people working for one of those schools (and if I'm lucky enough, maybe I'll meet some students too !).

As I can already see, the prices are quite similar everywhere in Belgium, approx 800 EUR for theory, then, depending on the flight hours needed and the school selected, approx 5000 or 6000 EUR for practical courses. I have to add to this the price of various extras such as medical tests, exams admission fees and so on.

It's a little too much for me for now, as I just began to work (as a computer-science engineer for a financial software company) last September (just the day before Sept-11 !), but it's my intention to wait the right moment to make the dream come true !
 
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RE: Private Pilot In Belgium

Thu Jun 20, 2002 3:14 am

Another solution to consider -
Get your medical test, your "licence d'entrainement", your Belgian pilot log book... in Belgium, but do your entire training in USA. A full PPL can be done within 3 weeks, suggest Florida as location for you, and little schools in that state are often inexpensive. When you are done and hold the FAA PPL you go back to Belgium and take only the Belgian PPL written, and complete their pratical flight test... all the hours you flew in the USA are valid and count for the Belgian "Administration de l'Aeronautique" (just be sure you read their requirements such as minimum hours required, cross country, night flying etc.)
You can even do the ground training preparation (publications and videos for you - from the USA - to do home study in Belgium to gain time and money)...
The FAA PPL is fully valid in EUR countries, on "N" registered airplanes, and although the Belgian administration may not recognize yours to say, rent an aircraft OO-xxx in Belgium, other countries will give you a license validation document (France, Netherlands) without problem.
Bonne chance, le gars de Gosselies, n'hesitez pas a me contacter par email "B747skipper@aol.com"
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