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When it comes to the AME, you must disclose everything fully and completely. Failure to do so may void any license and insurance and expose you to extraordinary civil and criminal risk. When it comes to your flight instructor, who is not a medical professional, you do not need to disclose the specifics of your situation. Saying, "I have concerns about ...


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I did it in 17 days - start to finish. Did flight school in Arizona. Before I went, I got the PPL study guide, MS Flight Simulator complete with a yoke, pedals, and throttle quadrant... and put in dozens of hours just learning the instrument scan and practicing virtual stuff. When I got to the flight school, I already knew the parts of the plane, and ...


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One of the more common causes of crash and fatality is a low altitude stall-spin. A spin, in a modern aircraft, isn't of itself deadly -- with many designs, all you have to do it let go of the controls, and the aircraft will unstall and let you simply fly out of the resulting spiral dive (if you don't wait too long and go past Vne, anyway). If you get into ...


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No. Definitely try more than one CFI and ideally, more than one school. This is the smart choice and one I recommended regularly when I was an active flight school CFI. You're about to spend a ton of money - do the due diligence and spend more up front to make sure you don't waste time and money with someone whose teaching style or personality clashes with ...


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Honestly, every U.S. Air Force pilot I know, who wanted to retire to the airlines, got hired on with no problems. The ex-Air Force pilots I know have all gotten immediately put into the big planes: A380, 747, 767, 787, etc right from the start. This is because the airlines know that an ex-military pilot has had some of the best training and experience in ...


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The absolute minimum would be about 45 hours. The FAA requires 40 hours of flight time, the completion of an aeronautical knowledge course, a written test, and a flight test. This assumes that you can read and memorize all the necessary aeronautical knowledge in an hour and a half. In the realm of humans who like to eat and sleep and actually learn and such,...


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My first flight instructor was kind of a jerk. You know the kind: First flight, "Let's take the plane for a SPIN", "How about a BREAKFAST ROLL?" After a few hours into my training, there was a scheduling conflict and I got a different instructor - a military pilot with many thousands of hours of flying time and a very different attitude. Professional. He ...


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There's no legal or regulatory obligation to tell your instructor about medical conditions as others have said. There may be rare cases where there are insurance considerations the flight school must take into account, in which case they should explain that. There's good reasons to be open, however: - Not disclosing a medical condition could increase the ...


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You could fly gliders. They don't use leaded fuel. In fact, they don't use fuel at all.


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I'm going to make an assumption that solo student flights are in scope here, in which case I would say that flight into IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) would quite often be unrecoverable. Instrument flight is a completely different discipline, without training it takes mere moments to become disoriented and lose control. If you do ever get into ...


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If you are learning to fly as a hobby and are paying the school your painfully earned money, you can dress however the hell you want, within reason. Formal attire in that circumstance is ridiculous. If you are in a professional school in some airline related program, or a government subsidized school with a formal dress code, that's another story, and you ...


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I go once or twice a week if the weather holds and I'm up to almost 8 months (and I am still not done (PPL)). I work with a guy who religiously went 3 days a week and said he got it done (at a part 61 school) in 6 months (almost exactly). The limiting factors are of course money (which does not sound like you are worried about if you are planning an ...


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I'm not sure how it works in the EU as I am an American PPL student but let's ignore the small specifics and look at some general points. Number of planes Where I fly there are 2 flight schools; one has a fleet of about 20 planes from Grumman trainers all the way up through a Seminole. The other school has 2 planes... The obvious thing here is down time. ...


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As mentioned it's a good idea. You will be spending a lot of time with this person in a very confined space, not only should you trust their abilities but should at least get along with them. FWIW I would not consider this a waste of time as the hours will count towards your total and you will be learning new things while trying new instructors.


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Buy a second logbook Here's one that costs $11 As a CFII who had exactly the same problem that you did, I can tell you that this is the easiest and simplest way to keep your simulator dual given and your airplane dual given separate. You just log all of your simulator time as if it was airplane time, but in a simulator. So, flying a sim that emulates a ...


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I think many instructors is a good idea, since you see their different characteristics and each has their own sweet spot. I had at least 10 different instructors for my PPL, and learned a lot from the differences as well as their similarities.


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Yes, at least in the US it is completely reasonable to do it in 2-3 months. I believe you can achieve this easily in a month's time if you're doing it full time. The following applies to the US, where I'm most familiar with the rules. The process in the US as an alien is as follows: Find a flight school and notify them that you'd like to begin flight ...


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As far as I can tell from the FARs as long as your training is performed by an FAA-certificated flight instructor and complies with the appropriate requirements of part 61 of the FARs you could theoretically do parts of your (primary/private) training anywhere you want, get all your endorsements, then come back to the USA to take your checkride and get a ...


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Generally, an airplane being operated within its published limits won't be able to get into a truly unrecoverable situation. (I'm specifically excluding the case where a recovery is theoretically possible, but you don't have enough altitude to execute the procedure before you hit something -- presumably you're already aware that you have less margin for ...


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There are lots of options. Flight training is the US is usually divided into part 61 and part 141. Part 61 is general flight instruction and any FAA approved instructor can teach you under it: many part 61 instructors are independent or work for or with FBOs at GA airports. Part 141 governs flight schools that have a standard curriculum and are much more ...


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I’ve done one of these before (not with that company). It literally used the Microsoft FSX game engine but with an A320 cockpit. You have an instructor guiding you and I got to fly around my local airport, land at Kai Tak at night (nailed my first attempt), and because I was in real-world training at the time I shot an ILS approach in zero visibility (...


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Expectations Learning to fly is not cheap, and you are likely (depending where you are studying of course) in a minority, if you are there as a hobbyist, because I would expect that most of the other students have a professional future as a pilot in their minds. For them, it is a serious business in all respects. Professional pilots, in civil aviation or ...


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J. Hougaard's answer is a bit of a smart @ss but it is one way to fly without using leaded fuel minus whatever is burned in the engine of the tow plane. But there a few more alternatives as well. Do your primary flight training in an aircraft powered by jet fuel - Jet-A does not contain lead in it so it is no more risky than unleaded automotive gasoline. ...


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This is a long answer but I think it explains a viable, realistic alternative to 100LL and Jet-A. There is a common alternative to 100LL: regular gasoline! Many airplanes, particularly trainers, can use ethanol-free automotive fuel interchangeably with 100LL. It's just a matter of finding a school that has the right airplanes. All you need to do is call ...


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Well going by Sportys own price lists Flight Gear HP Crosswind bag - 50 PHAK - 16 AFH - 16 AWTB - 16 FAR/AIM - 16 Fuel tester - 11 E6B - 40 Logbook - 16 Plotter - 16 Private Pilot Maneuvers Guide - 16 TOTAL: 213 If the list price is 150, that represents a savings of 63. Of all that equipment, save for the maneuvers guide, you will need the rest of it ...


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The simulators you are talking about simulate real life scenarios which can help you practice real life scenarios ... in a simulator. For an hour, they can teach you to land an airliner in nearly perfect weather conditions ... in a simulator. So, after spending some time there, you may be able to land the airplane ... in a simulator. Hence, none of this ...


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An LAPL allows you to act as PiC, carrying passengers, but only in the type and variant you pass your test on. A LAPL for aeroplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on two classes of aircraft: either a single-engine piston aeroplane (land) or touring motor glider (TMG) with a maximum take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of ...


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You get to the 1500 hours by working in a flying job once you have your comm/group 1 IFR, which is where the 62k gets you. Even if you wanted to spend a decade renting airplanes to get the time in, for the 500 multi-crew part you have no choice but to find a flying job since there is no other way to get those hours unless you are rich enough to afford your ...


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Let me go out somewhat on a limb here. student [...] looked terrified I'd say that any time you, the pilot, loses composure and/or situational awareness, that can very easily turn a normally recoverable situation into an unrecoverable one. If you, the pilot, panic, then it's going to become a lot more difficult to fly the airplane safely. That's one ...


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