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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: part time ppl distance learning Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to gauge time based on others experience in studying for the PPL(H) self study. Is it possible to study in a classroom for the private licence exams? Or is this a (How long is a piece of string question)?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: part time ppl distance learning Reply with quote

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Or is this a (How long is a piece of string question)?


I suspect so! I started flying last August and have done two exams (and reading for the others) but certainly haven't been pushing myself. I expect people speed up when they get closer to finishing the flying and realise the exams are going to hold them up! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: part time ppl distance learning Reply with quote

Jen wrote:
I expect people speed up when they get closer to finishing the flying and realise the exams are going to hold them up! Laughing


..or some one nags them to get on with it?! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:38 pm    Post subject: reply to Jen Reply with quote

Thanks Jen , I've not even decided where to train yet. Are you finding the sheer volume of information difficult to retain or is it ok? Im 37 and its been a long time since I finished college. I started reading air law, navigation and principles of flight a couple of years ago but Im always refering back to topics ive already covered. How were your exams?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found it ok. I'm not enormously excited by the prospect of memorising loads of facts. Air law bugged me a bit because of little things like the fact distances were measured in feet, miles, kms and nautical miles with no obvious rationale for which one was used. Standardise, people!

I wanted to learn it all fairly slowly (i.e. reading a little and often rather than cramming) as I thought that would make the information more likely to stick long term. We're learning this stuff to stay alive, not just to pass exams. I've only done Air Law and Human Performance and I hear the rest are a bit more interesting. Working on the RT written one now. I tend to read them on the tube on the way to work. Gets me some funny looks sometimes Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pay no attentention to the funny looks, last time I travelled on the tube I saw some very strange sights. Head down and good luck with the radio.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paddywak,

Best thing to do is set yourself targets, and try and get on with the study (I know it's tempting to just fly, fly, fly, but in the long run it will either cost you more to complete all the flight exercises and keep doing consolidation flights whilst trying to pass the remaining exams, or it will cost you more because you'll have to take a big break from flying while you pass them all and then get all rusty and have to do more training!).

Best get them out of the way as you go along. Your instructor should be able to work with you on offering advice and setting targets as to what you should be studying and when you should be ready to sit them, but the hard work and dedication required to pass them is up to you! Although it's possible to attend classes or one-to-one tuition, most people prefer to self-study.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slightly different but I did the PPL,and CPL study for the FAA exams by myself and got 86% on the PPL and 82% and then 89% on the CPL - the first one expired before I took the checkride.

However now can't seem to get into the CFI study... Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are nice grades Pilot Wolf, well done. Are you doing your FAA CFI or are you doing it in the UK?
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I thought they were pretty awful actually - but I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and self critical...

I have an FAA licence so would do the US FI rating - I don't seem to be able to get motivated at the moment - too little money and another 'distraction' I think Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:07 am    Post subject: FAA training Reply with quote

Hi Pilot Wolf,
Was it tricky obtaining your visa in the States? I've heard some horror stories.
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Not when I did mine... now I believe it may be a lot harder as a lot has changed in the world Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are starting classroom-based PPL(H) training soon at Wycombe

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