Wednesday 19 June 2013 04:34 UTC
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Hi Ladies and Gentlmen.......
First of all I'm sorry for my English.....(I'm trying to improve it)
I need your advice....
I want to do some hours in the Uk; I have a ppl,all atpl exams and I want to continue my training there.
Before to start Cpl/ir, I'd like to fly in English aerospace and improve my English.
Can you suggest me :
some good flying club or flight school where I can rent an aeroplane?
prices and locations
Have a lovely day
Is no-one else going to point out the UK is probably one of the most expensive places to fly (*)?
America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia are all English-speaking and much cheaper (even at current exchange rates)
South Africa I am not totally sure about because there is a bit of funny business with licences and "C152 type rating"; "C172 type rating" etc. but Irv will probably be along in a minute ...
Not trying to put you off, but it is worth considering that if you are planning to hire an aircraft for, say, 50 hours then it would be much cheaper to do that in the USA.
(*) If you are hiring aircraft that is!
PPL(A) + Night + IMC
Consistently the best weather is likely to be in the east of England - so I would suggest looking at clubs and schools in the counties of Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire, maybe Northamptonshire and the Humberside. Stay away from London - the proximity to the big city will just push the prices up.
Further north (Lincolnshire...) you can easily make any part of Britain so there's a lot of good flying to be done, further south (Kent) you can easily fly to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, and from there to lots of other European countries, so there's good potential to build international flying experience.
Britain is an expensive place to fly, so do consider going for example to the USA - but on the other hand if you are planning on some kind of flying career in Britain, then it's certainly a good idea to build experience flying here.
Use whatever aeroplane is available - if you are used to a C172, a PA28 will maybe take an hour to get used to - whilst they look very different, they're very similar to fly and it's nothing to be scared of. If you are going for a CPL there are very good reasons to fly a PA28 as this is one of the most popular types in CPL schools.
Flyer magazine, which own this website, also publish a very useful "learn to fly guide" that lists UK schools with their locations and costs. It would be a good idea to get hold of a copy of that.
Disagree you can get a 150 for 100 quid wet in the UK
Last edited by Bathman on Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I know you said "English airspace" but further North we speak "English" too...
Some amazing flying can be had around the Scottish Islands with some stunning scenery - although the radio might be a bit quieter.
Check with who you rent from whether they are happy for you to land on a beach before you go to Barra though!
There are loads of places to rent, and if you are renting long term and doing lots of hours you may be able to come to a deal with some operators for a reduced rate.
Have a look at this thread:
If you want to tour all around and visit all these places, just find somewhere with the cheapest rental!
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