Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:17 am
It’s all flying, you’ll be sitting in the pilot’s seat and doing some of the flying from the very first trial lesson.
After about 5 hours you should be doing all of the flying while you learn extra things.
After about 14 hours, you’ll have a go on your own, after that sometimes it’s on your own, sometimes with an instructor.
Then you take a test, and that just means you can take passengers.
You can’t really fly properly for about another 200 hours, till you’ve practised and researched things you didn’t cover in your course. (You don’t cover everything).
Then you enter what’s called “The killing zone”, when you *think* you can fly, stop being careful, and have more chance of an accident. You leave this at about 400 hours and start to slightly know what you are doing.
BUT, it’s ALL flying, and it’s ALL flying from day one.
Those costs are fictional I’m afraid, unless you are never going to fly once you have a licence, they are pointless.
Think of it more like this.
You start flying next week, you can spend as much or as little as you like, as you go along, whenever you have the money.
Every time you spend £160, you go flying for an hour.
At some point, someone says you’re good enough to have a go on your own.
Then they say you’re good enough to fly to another airfield on your own.
Then they say you’re good enough to do a day trip on your own to 2 other airfields. (QXC)
At some point, someone says you can fly passengers.
At some point after that you begin to feel like you know what you’re doing.
You just pay each time you go flying. At each stage there’s what it cost you to get to that stage, but no one can tell you before exactly what it’s going to be.
When you can fly passengers, it can get cheaper per hour depending on your choice of aircraft.
The exams are 15(iirc) multiple choice questions each. Once you are immersed in flying and have passed them once, you’d pass them again, the 18 month timescale isn’t quite true, you’d just resit them, it’s a cost issue at £40 per exam or whatever it costs these days rather than a worry issue.