You’ve gained your PP - what comes next?
Gaining your PPL is one of the most rewarding challenges that you may undertake, but that is only where the fun starts! Why not add ratings to your licence? Not only will this enhance your flying abilities but also will allow you to be more adventurous and confident.
Once you have gained your wings you can convert to other aircraft types within the fleet.
Of the various differences, we can offer VP Prop, Retractable and Turbo.
The IMC Rating
The Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating (only valid in the UK ), enables you to fly in weather conditions considerably worse than those allowed with a basic PPL. To add this rating to your licence you need to complete 15 hours dual instruction, a Ground Examination and Flight Test.
The Night Qualification
Not only can night flying can be a serene and very special experience, but it can stretch those days out in the winter months,. To gain this qualification you must complete 5 hours, a cross country of at least 50 nautical miles and 5 solo full stop landings. There are no ground or flight tests for the Night Qualification.
This can be a daunting experience at first, so why not take an instructor with you for a day trip? A great way to help you enjoy your first foreign flight with confidence, your instructor will help with the route planning and paperwork (flight plan filing, Special Branch etc), explain the rules and regulations you may have not yet encountered and guide you through the unfamiliar RT. A fixed price, and all the extra help you need as our instructors can be bribed with a nice lunch!
If you didn’t learn with us, controlled airspace is really nothing to be afraid of. Come and have an hour or two here at Bristol to get to grips with the busyness and procedures whilst mixing in with the commercial traffic. To get best value, why not combine with your bi-annual flight? If you are still training for your license, consider having one or two of your lessons here. It would be a fantastic experience and a great help when you come to your RT practical exam.