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by driver1a
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:06 am
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: altanitc long nav
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

Doh :oops: I mean I'm not flyboy. I could be Flyer1 :wink:
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by driver1a
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: altanitc long nav
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

Mean by what specifically?
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by driver1a
Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: altanitc long nav
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

I know I'm not Flyer1. But I would have thought there wouldn't be a set 300 NM X-country for someone training for a CPL. It's not like the PPL where the pilot is only a student. A PPL holder can go where he likes when he likes. On modular course, they only train you to get ready for the flight test....
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by driver1a
Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Flight instructor ratings
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

The NFC held a Flying Instructor course recently. I think it took around a month in the classroom fulltime. That's the 125 hours of groundschool. The flying part then takes as long as it takes. They hold courses periodically. You can't start a course at a time of your own choosing. Not only that, th...
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by driver1a
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: End of an era.... end of 50 years of private flying at EIDW
Replies: 7
Views: 2498

I did my first solo at Dublin airport. Learned to fly there with Iona. Did my CPL out of there with the DAPFC. I have to say that there is nothing quite like owning runway 28/10 for a few moments as you line up and 'hold for wake turbulence departing 737'. Magic. End of an era. Glad to see Pierce Ca...
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by driver1a
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: Atlantic or PTC
Replies: 14
Views: 3876

but im sure i would get some stick between the two I doubt if that would matter too much. The flying and training world is too small for any nonsense. Everybody is in the same small boat. In any case Skytrace only do up to PPL. It seems to me that the best option for you is whichever school is clos...
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by driver1a
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: Atlantic or PTC
Replies: 14
Views: 3876

There are only three in the country. I would be curious as to why you eliminated the NFC as that would be one I would choose, again. Having plenty of good experiences with them. Not that I have a problem with AFC, other than it being in Cork. PTC is out as it's expensive and requires up front money ...
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by driver1a
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: NMAI/CAA safety evening
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Now stovepipe, you know quite well why. The IAA don't do safety evenings. If they did it wouldn't be neccessary to ask the CAA. They're not that foreign anyway. Half of us seem to fly 'foreign' G reg aircraft. I think it's quite appropriate in many ways. It will certainly be useful and hopefully wel...
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by driver1a
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: Airport/Aerodrome/Airfield/Airstrip...when to use??!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2321

I remember from somewhere that airfield refers to military and aerodrome civil. I think in general aerodrome is nearly obsolete. But if I owned an airfield or strip. I would call it an aerodrome for nostalgia reasons.
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by driver1a
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Galway airport, whats going on?
Replies: 17
Views: 4100

It wasn't so much an airport as an airstrip. It had great potential. Aer Arann operated out of there at first but soon got into a dispute with the owners over landing fees etc. Not to mention the fact that it became unusable in winter. Meanwhile a German businessman was fed up with the situation too...
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by driver1a
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: Galway airport, whats going on?
Replies: 17
Views: 4100

Exec helis now operate from a shiny new hangar beside the Aer Arann one in Galway airport. Oranmore was the best place for the airport. It was actually chosen by the RAF alongside, Baldonnel, Collinstown, Aldergrove, Gormanstown (and Tallaght!) among others. It eventually closed due to the inbred cr...
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by driver1a
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: FAA PPLIR and conversion to JAA
Replies: 17
Views: 4012

I'm not saying that, nor am I saying a that PPLs cannot be trusted to make the correct decisions as to whether a flight is viable or not. My example of the TBM refers to the equipment fitted. You need both a qualified and current IR pilot and an aircraft equipped for the purpose. If you have access ...
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by driver1a
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Irish General Aviation
Topic: FAA PPLIR and conversion to JAA
Replies: 17
Views: 4012

That's why the IMC exists (at present) so that private pilots can be safer when caught out by the WX and that when you need to go places on a marginal day you can just VFR on top where the sun usually shines and then do a let down at the other end. I would suggest that very thing is what to led to ...
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by driver1a
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: ppl despair
Replies: 22
Views: 5710

It is possible to do it very quickly in Ireland even with our weather. I've known people to do it in two months and that wasn't even during the summer. But that was practically full time. If you book every day and turn up every day it's possible. But most people are part timers. Going to America wor...
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by driver1a
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Learning to Fly
Topic: Change of state of license issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 2065

I was in personnel licensing once when a new Ryanair pilot came in with his CAA licence to convert to IAA. A few minutes later he walked out with his shiny new Irish licence, minus his British one. The CAA ask for them back.

That was it. Simple as that.