Right now I am studying for my ATPL's I just want to get some advice on were would be the best place to hour build. I keep looking at the USA but some of it seems to good to be true, will be going around September so any stories good or bad about the places you when would be much appreciated.
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If you wanted to go to the States i would recomend Ormond Beach Aviation for your hour Building. However, its nearly as cheap to do it here in ireland. If you go to Waterford Aero Club, you will see that they have 2 brand new aircraft. and their rental rates are 125 per tach hour, which if you average that you do 0.6-0.7 tach per clock hour, that works out at 7500 for 100 hours, and you get to bring your family and friends flying!
Their website is www.waterfordaeroclub.com
We all know the weather plays a huge roll, so to do these 100 hours you might be hanging around for a long time in Irealnd. Where as in America at least you can almost be assured of getting a decent block of hours done in a short amount of time.
If time isnt a problem sticking around here may be an option.
Im looking at this crowd http://www.sunquestaviation.com/ . Nice rates and they have been an absolute pleasure to deal with so far.
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Check out a place called Air America in Daytona; www.airamericafc.com
Works out at €52ph as a block rate
mark wrote:HomerJay wrote:Do not try hour build in Ireland
What's wrong with hour building in Ireland?
The main reason is it will just take too long to do 100 hours.
Last December I did 45 hours in two weeks in Florida, Ive been at a school in Ireland for 4 months this year (Mon-Fri) and I have done 41, a lot of it IFR! The weather here is just not generous enough for hour building. Ive seen students at my school trying to do their cross countries or triangles for the ppl and waiting for days sometimes weeks to get a nice clear day. It took me 3 weeks to do my MEP!!!!!
Ive been to two of the top schools here and slots are hard to come by, at my school at the moment you will probably get a 90 minute slot each day. In Florida you can get a plane to yourself for most of the day (if you find the right school) and there is dozens of airfields you can fly to. If you have a look at a Florida chart there's a small airfield every couple of miles, none of them will charge you landing fees or fees for using the lights at night. Sounds nearly as good as Kerry no?
Then you look at pricing. You could go to one of the busy JAA schools if you wanted and pay around $90 an hour for a 152 but there's no need really. You could have a look around and find places like www.flymiami.com/ where you can get a 172 for $88 (100 hour block booking). That's 68 euro today! In Ireland would you get a 172 for anything less than 150? If you want to do 100 hours you're still going to save a lot of money even with flights and a place to stay all in.
I'm more than happy with my school here it's one of the best I've been to with top instructors. If you want a career with an Irish airline flying in Ireland I think it's imperative to do your IR and possibly CPL here, but not your hour buildling. It simply takes too long and is too expensive.
A great outfit and a great fleet of new or almost new C172's with both glass and six pack versions available. I have used them on three occassions over the past three years and have done my last two BFR's with them.
There are probably some two dozen airfields inside 90 minutes - many in under 45 minutes. One word of warning about September - it is hot and bumpy (though not as bad as June-August). Be prepared to sit out a few thunderstorms.
The guy to speak to is Mike Camelin
I did about 85 hours of my HB away and finished it off in Weston, and those 15 hours stood to me for my CPL, with regards to everything from Nav-ing to getting used to airspace and ATC liasion.
Normal solo hire is £98 an hour and to buy block hours the rate is £75 an hour which is pretty decent with a good exchange can work out at over 80EURO an hour. As the aircraft is based there all landings and touch and goes are for free!
Steve who owns it is pretty sound. If interested you can call Fermanagh Flight Center/Amphibious Flying Club on 00447962213976.
As for accommodation you could get a pretty cheap caravan up the road from the airport at the yought club over looking lough erne for cheap enough. If you ring up about hour building as Tracey or Steve about accommodation.
Big Thanks for all your information (especially Mr Crow), I will firstly see how the first set of exams go and take it form there
P.s. just a shout out to Mark to say well done on getting your frozen ATPL
I always thought that I would be going back to Florida for my hourbuilding but with the way the economy/industry is at the moement I am in no hurry to finish my training.
Just to follow on from the above posts, how long roughly would it take to build 100hrs pic in Ireland?
Also I have being looking at Skytrace in Weston for aircraft rental, they require a 5 hour checkout as opposed to NFC's 20hr one. Has anyone any views on Skytrace or experiences etc.
Thank you very much for your time.
20 hours? Last I heard it was 5 hours and that was purely for insurance reasons. Even a student pilot can go solo in less time. Are you sure it's not a minimum time for rental purposes?NFC's 20hr one
In any case you might be better off joining a club, it would be cheaper and you get a lot of midweek availability. As for how long it takes, well that depends on aircraft availability and your stamina. You can easily do five hours or more in a day when the weather is good. My record is eight hours in a day with 13 take offs and landings, not circuits. Plus the weather here is more flyable than people sometimes think as long as you don't expect to fly long distances every time.
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