How to get a US FAA PPL Licence based on your UK PPL

Hiring a car when abroad When travelling abroad, you can easily walk into a car hire office and drive off in minutes. All you need is a current driving licence from your home country and a credit card. There’s no need to pass any theory tests, prove that you understand the local traffic laws or even have done any driving recently. But any restrictions on your current licence will apply,

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Seaplane Adventure

I had a business trip booked to a conference in Florida, with the possibility of taking some time off, I looked at what possibilities for flying there might offer. I’ve been the US many times on business before, but rarely able to do something extra. Floatplane One option suggested was to fly a floatplane (or seaplane) around the lakes of Florida. I was lucky enough to be able to fit

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IMC Training Day #6

Would the weather wash out the evening’s session? The rain was lashing down as I left to drive to Lyneham for this evenings IMC training sortie. Would the weather postpone today’s session? Fortunately not – the rain had stopped by the time I arrived, and the forecast was reasonably good. It did mean that Ian, my instructor, could discuss what kind of weather limits would apply to an IMC rated

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IMC Training Day #5

Another new IMC instructor In order to continue my IMC training, I’d had to arrange for different instructor to take over because neither Roger nor Mike were available. With 9 of the minimum 15 hours completed, I was keen to find a way to finish the course off before the flying club moved out of their Lyneham base in July. With other members also becoming more focussed because of the

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Crosswind Landing Practice and signoff

A Great Day for crosswind landing practice You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to practice crosswind landings. Sunny, with great visibility, scattered clouds at 3500 feet, but a strong and steady southerly wind of 18 gusting 25. Fortunate indeed, because I’d arranged for Tony, one of the instructors at Lyneham, to help me sort out my crosswind landing technique. The club have a rule that requires instructors to sign

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IMC Training Day #4

Another day’s holiday, nice warm weather and I’m off to the airfield for another couple of IMC sessions, again with Roger as instructor. NDB Holds On the ground, we talked through the NDB Hold. It’s not normally required during the exam, although if ATC require you to do one because they need you to stay out of the way, then you would be expected to do it. But I think

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Solo to Sanddown, Isle of Wight

A solo landaway to Sandown With my IMC course being delayed due to lack of instructor availability, I thought I’d make best use of the holiday I’d taken off work combined with good weather to enjoy a solo landaway. I booked G-VICC which I’d been learning the IMC course on for a few hours, but was asked to swap to G-ELUE because a problem with a faulty press-to-talk button on

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IMC training day #3

Today I had a different instructor, Roger, who briefed me on the next stage of the training. This would reinforce what I’d learnt so far, develop the ADF tracking and try other types of instrument approach (which should be available today because it was not the weekend or holiday period). Roger marked the paper I had sat the previous day and was pleased to report I had passed. Since the

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IMC training day #2

After the previous day’s good progress, I was again at the club before 9am ready to go. Mike had another student and we agreed to take it in turns so that we both got two sessions in during the day with a gap in between. Partial Panel This involves simulating the effect of the vacuum pump failing – it drives the Attitude Indicator and Direction Indicator. Rubber covers were placed

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IMC Training Day 1

A wonderful warm and sunny day and a holiday too. Ideal for being out in the garden, or in the park or at the beach. Me, I’m stuck inside a hot and bumpy aircraft wearing a lampshade so I can’t see out. Must be mad. Lesson 1 Today was the start of my intensive IMC course at Lyneham. Turned up at 8:30 (me, keen, never…) for a 9am start, and

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