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RustyCavalier18/04/2013 22:26:17
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Any pilots of full size aircraft here?

I fly Microlights in Cambridgeshire.

Luca18/04/2013 22:35:56
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I `ve got a PPL(A)

I fly Cessna`s in Kent ( when weather and funds permit)

David Holland 218/04/2013 22:51:29
205 forum posts
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PPL(A) with IMC and Night for me and about 1200 hours now. Lucky enough to share a Robin DR500 with a friend, based in Northamptonshire. Full size is even more addictive than models but flying is a lot easier when you are sitting in the aircraft rather than standind on the ground with a tranny in your hand!!

Roby18/04/2013 23:42:31
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Hi, i have a PPL but didn't fly for ten years now because of health issues

Ruprect Spode19/04/2013 07:44:40
123 forum posts
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Full Cat gliding instructor.

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator19/04/2013 09:39:01
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Used to fly Microlights 20 years ago....PPL(D)

Airframe failure brought me face to face with the Grim Reaper for a short time which kind of lessened my o

Ady Hayward19/04/2013 13:11:14
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Hi, I've a lapsed PPL (A) and Bronze C gliding. Would love to keep flying but health issues prevailcrying I can still dream.

Rob Lewis19/04/2013 13:16:50
228 forum posts
58 photos

I've got an ATPL (A), about 3200 hours working for a uk regional carrier, currently my office is an Embraer 195

Mart4919/04/2013 14:02:11
259 forum posts
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I've got 19 hours towards my PPL, and flew solo for 5 circuits before getting married and running out of money! Does that count ?

Colin Leighfield19/04/2013 14:12:38
5982 forum posts
2501 photos

PPL (A). I haven't used it for a number of rears so it's well lapsed. Keep wondering about getting going again before it's too late. (If it isn't already)!

Mark Agate19/04/2013 14:25:27
145 forum posts
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See this thread also: **LINK**

Rich too19/04/2013 14:42:15
3057 forum posts
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No but..... my mate is (we flew r/c together - obsessed - 30 odd yrs ago), and he flies from Headcorn - he's flying us to France and Jersey next weekend.... Rich

Edited By Dickster on 19/04/2013 14:42:41

David P Williams19/04/2013 15:20:20
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Another lapsed PPL(A) here. It was dormant for 20-odd years, then I revalidated it a couple of years ago at Shobdon, then quickly realised that cost of flying and pension don't quite match up. Got a part time job with RotorsportUK, working on their Gyroplanes and thought about doing a PPL(G), but you only get 10 hours credit towards it for a PPL(A) (although you get 20 hours for a PPL(H)) and until very recently you couldn't self-fly hire a gyroplane, you had to own or part own one. All too expensive unfortunately, but at least I got a fair few back seat rides....


Radge19/04/2013 16:01:58
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Posted by Ruprect Spode on 19/04/2013 07:44:40:

 David's asking where do you teach?


Edited By Radge on 19/04/2013 16:03:28

Edited By Radge on 19/04/2013 16:06:01

IanN19/04/2013 16:45:47
1675 forum posts
119 photos

I held FAA and CAA PPLs in the 80s. Trained on Piper Tomahawks in the States, then used to rent this Warrior out of Leavesden (now the Harry Potter studios)

piper bcir.jpg

It wasn't as pretty back then - had a rather dull white and brown scheme. Had some good flights in it, and also got spectacularly lost on one occasion embarrassed

"Normal" stuff - marriage, house, children - intervened and licence has long since lapsed but tbh it was costing a shedload of money (that I didn't have) to keep current so wouldn't have lasted much longer anyway

Martin Harris19/04/2013 17:46:51
9168 forum posts
229 photos

Spent a good few years totally immersed in gliding - even living at the club for a couple of years, enjoying all facets including cross country and instructing until marriage and mortgage got in the way.

I often wonder whether I'd have ever completely stopped if I'd have taken out the life membership on offer at the time I joined - which would have cost less than a year's membership these days. Buying a share in a glider seemed much more important then...

Do I miss it? Most certainly, but I don't know whether I'd properly enjoy it if I went back knowing that I would have to limit my involvement due to my other responsibilities. It was amazing how many divorces occurred a few years after new members appeared!

Andrew Ray20/04/2013 08:26:22
760 forum posts
19 photos

Started out gliding at the Mynd, then PPL with a view to going commercial led to glider tugging to build hours.

Now I have my ATPL, it's my second career, getting the first job was difficult but I've now been doing it for 16 years. All I ever wanted to do as a lad was play with cars and aeroplanes. Very lucky to do both as a job, left school and joined the family business in the motor trade which funded my flying career.

Real downside of the job is Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome, seems to go with the territory, away from home, base closures, early starts and late finishes to the day etc. all conspire against a stable family life so the woman in your life has to be able to cope with that.

If anyone is considering a career as a pilot be prepared to be mucked about, live away from home and spend serious dosh to qualify to then be told you don't have enough experience to get a job. Perseverance and determination are required in bucket loads but the effort is worth the sacrifice if you are committed. It's the best office window in the world.....ever! Job satisfaction is high too, breaking through the gloom at 100 feet with 300 metres in fog and travelling at around 150mph just able to see enough of the runway to land safely. Or flying high over the Alps with views of can't beat it.

Colin Leighfield20/04/2013 08:44:06
5982 forum posts
2501 photos

The reason I didn't keep it up was the realisation that when working long hours anyway a commitment to keeping in enough hours to consider yourself really safe, which I think is more than the minimum, just wasn't compatible with family life. The vagaries of UK weather meant that you could have a plane booked for several weeks in advance and be snookered by the weather. every time, having spent half the day at the airfield hoping for things to improve. In that sense it's far worse than golf, (in every other sense there's nothing worse than golf)! Gliding has the same kind of problem. In the end I gave up my 1/5 share in an ex RAuxAF Auster AOP6 and called it a day.

My conclusion was that you needed to be:=

A bachelor.

Sufficiently loaded to not need to work full time. (Or at all).

Have a wife with identicsal interests and no young kids at home.

At nearly 67 and now semi-retired I keep wondering about trying again before it's too late, but I still have to sort out priorities between the model planes and motorbikes. I dither too mkuch.

Terry Walters20/04/2013 08:59:01
1829 forum posts
1068 photos

I have a lapsed JAR SEP - learnt on Cessna 150s and then flew Cherokee160, Auster (tail wheel conversion) and part owned a Robin Dr 315 Petit Prince - about 200 hours or so. Had a night flying qual too - that was brilliant!

This was my pride and joy - well 1/10th of it anyway! Picture was taken for Pilot Magazine for their library.


Loved it - Can't afford it now but fly RC instead!

Had an 'A' and 'B' gliding licence in the late '60s - ATC of course and was on the staf at 644 Gliding School at Spitalgate.

Did a paragliding course in the Alps when I was 60 a couple of years ago! Did 27 flights but realised it was Pg or RC - RC won for convenience and cost!


Tom Wright 220/04/2013 21:23:55
3908 forum posts
297 photos

PPL A now lapsed , Flew many types including proper aero planes with tail wheels lol. Also did some gliding and Micro light flying ,and of course plenty of rc model flying in between .

Used to have shares in a Spurling and Colibri don't see many of those around these days!

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