Its just to dam expensive to do both licence's in the UK!
We were thinking of this school.
Any opinions greatly apprieciated, cheers!
— Cecil Day Lewis
You should do a FAA PPL with a school like ocean helicopters!
The FAA PPL is legal to use in Ireland on EI Reg aircraft.
To keep a JAR PPL current you must fly at least 12 hours every second year, but to keep your FAA current it is alot less and you save money.
Alos if you go JAR, you need a type rating for each heli.
With the FAA PPL, you can hop into a bell jet ranger without ever flown one before and you are legal but this is not wise!!!!!
What I am saying is FAA beats the JAR by miles in my oponion!!!
Best of luck with it mate
Bristow Academy (formerly HAI) offer PPL to CPL licence training for either FAA, JAR or both.
The rating system under JAR is different to fixed wing, you need a type rating on each helicopter type, which is valid for 12 months, you can re-validate by flying 2 hours within that 12 months on type and completing an LPC up to 3 months before expiry with an examiner, the LPC can be included in the 2 hours.
R22 and R44 are treated as separate types, however some single engine piston and turbines are grouped, meaning you only have to do one LPC to re-validate the group, as long as you have the required minimum time on each of the types within the group in the 12 month period.
You need to do a type rating on each single turbine, but some of them may be grouped for the purpose of the annual LPC thereafter, check LASORS for the group, for example in the piston group, if you have Hu269 ENF28 and B47, as long as you have the minimum hours on each type in the 12 months, you can do an LPC on the Hu269 and that re-validates the whole group for 12 months, next year you need to do the LPC on one of the other types.
Yes, thats correct, minimum 2hrs per year, which may include the LPC, to stay current on type, good luck with the training!
If you want to train in a foreign registered aircraft (including N & EI reg) within the UK, you need to apply to the UK D.o.T. for an approval, you should allow around 2 weeks for this, the FTO or TRTO you wish to train with should be able to guide you on how to apply. The penalties can be quite severe if you do not get an approval before commencing training, as one senior UK examiner found to his cost a couple of years ago!
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