Right, to post a longer post!
Also haven't heard about an ILS join. Sounds like joining on a 5 mile final or part of an instrument approach.
Climb outs you would be instructed to go to a specific location / bearing / route - or you just go, but at PPL level they aren't codified. (I believe there would be "standard instrument departures" if you are following IR - but not VFR).
In answer to Riverrock's point above, not totally clear on ILS joins, as they are indeed instrument approaches. I have "flown" one in the KingAir Sim but that was just having a play! Climb outs, we did an instrument departure the other day - not PPL as you say, but as something different and as it was a working day, the Tower wanted us to conform with teh RAF traffic so.....
No MATZ but instead Class D controlled airspace at my airfield - but it will vary, from what I've got to just an ATZ to nothing. No problems during the week though - commercial traffic is pretty much the same every day for me, and at many GA airfield, they will be busier at weekends.
I guess thats where we have it easier, as flying at the weekends and summer evenings, the Tower is closed (unless 7AEF are flying) and we have the airfield to ourselves - nice when you don't have to waste 20mins holding whilst seemingly the entire air force lands! I'm so used to a MATZ and stubs that when flying through anyone elses, they don't phase me at all.
Flaps is airplane specific. Bulldog is intermediate flaps for takeoff. Do what is says in the POH. Haven't heard of needing to use full flaps before though! Sounds like a touch and go gone wrong...
Yep, but its also, what ones very experienced CFI tells you to do!! We fly touch and goes with full flap as a matter of course (there was a huge discussion on this on "the other side" which I am sure forumites here will remember if they also used that....)
Safety -are Civ airfield SOPs as mad as ours are reference FOD?
I suspect much more relaxed. Depends what you might damage though!
True, like potentially taxiing a Tiger into a 109!
Well, hopefully, i'll be flying ccts "at home" tomorrow and kill the demon which seems to have built up in my head since Sturgate. My FI is also talking getting my solo hours up too!