Pilot Training at Wolverhampton & Blackpool
Tel: 01384 221456 or 07713 754473
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you can't find the answer to your question here or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or email and we will be happy to assist you further.
How frequent should I have lessons?
This depends entirely on the individual - normally the budget. Continuity is essential. If you leave it too long between lessons you will end up recapping the previous lesson and therefore make slow progress. We recommend no more than a fortnight between lessons. Most people will settle at 1 or 2 lessons per fortnight. It is possible to study full-time, in which case we limit the student to 3 hours per day with a rest day on every fourth day. There will be times during the student's training where it is essential to fly regularly such as first solo and just before test. You should therefore budget accordingly.
What is involved in the theoretical exams?
Passes in 9 written examinations and one oral exam must be obtained in order to qualify for your pilots licence. The written exams are of multiple choice format and have a pass mark of 75%, but are easily passable with sensible study. They form the basis of you being a safe, proficient pilot and are as follows: Aviation Law & Operational Procedures; Human Performance & Limitations; Navigation & Radio Aids; Meteorology; Aircraft (General) & Principles of Flight; Flight Performance & Planning; JAR-FCL Communications (PPL). UK Specific Communications Oral Exam. All the exams are conducted in-house by our staff to make you feel more comfortable.
How can I book a flight?
We can take bookings 6 months in advance. Bookings can be made during office hours, via telephone or in person. Both members and trial lessons can be booked to fly 7 days a week. Our slots last for 90 minutes each. The first slot of the day begins at 9.30am, with the last slot depending on the season. Aircraft may also be hired for more than 90 minutes by members for cross country flights. Daily minima apply for day bookings. Please refer to the current Flying Orders Book kept in the flight office for the minima. Available instructors are listed at the top of each diary page.
How do I redeem my Gift Voucher?
Please ring the club with your unique voucher code and ask to arrange a time for your voucher. Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. The expiry date is printed on the voucher. Please book your flight in plenty of time ahead of the expiry in case of a run of bad weather which forces string of cancellations. There is no 'best time' to book your flight.
What restrictions are there?
The medical restrictions for a recreational or hobby pilot are not particularly stringent. You must be able, at the minimum, to obtain a DVLA HGV Medical Declaration from your GP. You are the best person to answer whether you feel you could obtain this or not. A person of average health will pass this requirement. Glasses and contact lenses are permitted. Your eyesight should be good enough to drive after correction. If you are interested in making flying a career, then we highly recommend you obtain a class 1 or class 2 CAA medical. For either case we suggest you come into the office, so we can tell you how to go about obtaining them. For class 2 medicals the club has it's own doctor with a surgery at Halfpenny Green Airport. Class 1 medicals must be obtained at Gatwick.
Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?
No, you need no previous experience before starting your flying course.
How old do I have to be?
The minimum age requirement for a holder of a PPL is 17; however, you can fly solo at the age of 16. Although technically you can start PPL training at the age of 14 we recommend that you do not start until you are nearly 16 as you may reach solo standard yet be unable to go due to your age. There is no maximum age to start learning to fly. The oldest student to have gained his licence with us was 63 years old when he started.
How long is a licence valid for?
A PPL is valid for five years and the SEP (Land) Rating for 24 months. Provided the holder maintains a current medical and flies a minimum of 12 hours in the 12 months prior to rating expiry (with one of those hours being with an instructor) and completes 12 take offs and landings, the rating can be revalidated on the basis of that experience. If the experience requirements are not met a Licensing Proficiency Check flight must be carried out with an examiner.
Your price list quotes by the hour, what does this mean?
You only pay for the hours you fly - this is commonly taken to be 'brakes off/brakes on' time. If you hire an aeroplane for the day you will only pay for the time it flies.
Is a light aeroplane safe?
Yes, in the hands of a sensible and well-trained pilot, a light aircraft is an excellent form of transport, which can be safely landed in the rare event of an engine failure. Many people think that if the engine fails in a small aeroplane the situation is dire, this is not the case. During your course your instructor will demonstrate and subsequently teach you how to land the aeroplane safely without the benefit of engine power.
Can anybody fly an aeroplane?
Flying is a skill that most people can achieve to a satisfactory level after sufficient practice. There will always be certain people who find controlling an aeroplane a little too difficult but generally 99% of people who start the course do complete it.
When I have my licence do I have to buy an aeroplane?
No, you can self-fly hire one of our aircraft for your own use.
Where can I take an aeroplane and can I land it anywhere?
You can take the aeroplane almost anywhere you wish and land at any civil airfield subject to its terms and conditions and our Flying Orders. For certain airfields - grass strips, for example -- you will have to take a familiarisation course beforehand.
If I learn on a Cessna and wish to fly a different sort of aeroplane after I pass, what must I do?
You must carry out conversion training with one of our instructors on each particular type you want to fly.
What type of aircraft will I be learning on?
You will be given the choice of learning on a 2 seat Cessna 152 or 4 seat Piper 28 Cadet / Warrior. Both aircraft are tried and tested machines and have been the aircraft of choice by flying establishments for the last 50 years. Both aircraft are great learning platforms, being both very reliable and strong, ideal for the student pilot. Maintenance of all are aircraft is done onsite allowing for the minimum amount of down time.
If you are a registered member with us, you can book your flights on-line with your individual username and password.
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Tel: 01384 221456