Private Pilots Licence
Local flight training clubs
Years went by as I studied at University without getting my hands anywhere near the control column of an aircraft, and I promised myself that when I had a job capable of supporting such a hobby, I would put myself through my PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence).
Years went by as I studied at University without getting my hands anywhere near the control column of an aircraft, and I promised myself that when I had a job capable of supporting such a hobby, I would put myself through my PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence). Cambrian Flying Club at Swansea, Aeros Flight Training at Gloucester & Filton and Bristol Flying Centre at Bristol.
I could have decided to pack my case and head off to the USA where they advertise getting a pilots licence in 4 weeks for half the price of getting one in the UK, but with the cost of flights, car rental, accommodation and so on I felt prices could easily have spiraled to UK prices, especially calculating leave from work.
With the UK flying schools struggling for business I felt I’d be better off spending my money at a UK flying school, where I would be taught how to fly in UK weather, with the busy UK traffic and flying in and out of local airports. And with the recession closing down many UK flight schools, I felt better knowing the UK schools would appreciate my custom.
I met Dougie Wilson, a local flying instructor who holds a frozen Airline Transport Pilots Licence, working weekends at Cambrian Flying Club. He explained the benefits of flying from the Gower in Swansea, and how friendly the club environment was.
Cambrian Flying Club
Visiting the school expecting a 5 minute chat, I was welcomed with a cup of tea from the Chief Flying Instructor, and was taken on a tour of the airport by the club owner and sat in all the aircraft to get a feel for what could be on the horizon.
On the 10th of April 2009 I received my first lesson, and thanks to the experience gained through the Air Cadets, I was ready to go solo in very few hours. But thanks to the cross winds from the Irish Sea delaying my solo flight, I did gain valuable crosswind landing experience.
On the 22nd of May I flew my first solo flight. Quite possibly one the highlights of my life.
Thanks to a great bunch flying instructors, I passed all theory exams first time and my skills test within 45hrs of overall training – The average PPL student passes in 55hrs according to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).