Ingo Noka

Today I picked up my PPL

In Private Pilot License on January 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Captain Singh handing over my PPL

I went to the club today to pick up my PPL. This weekend captain Singh is teaching the Ground School. I understand that quite a few new students have started this year.  Things look much better for the club after last year’s draught, and I am glad that it does. I took a few pictures outside the club.  See here … Gunung Pulai was partly covered in black clouds.  So I decided not to fly today, especially since the Cessna was in the hangar for the students to practice the external pre-flight checks. It seems the Pipers are now ready to fly, but I do not know which instructor has already been converted and what it would take for a PPL holder to get the endorsement for this aircraft.  Since there are many new students and a/c hard to come by, getting converted might not be such a bad idea.  I have the impression anyway that I have an easier time with low wing aircraft. On the way back I took the 333 bus to see whether it is faster and whether it takes the same route as the A1 bus. Sitting in the bus driving by the small hills south of GP I realized that the weather is getting much better and I already regret not having waited longer at the club. But as the saying goes: Better being on the ground wishing to be in the air, than being in the air wishing to be down on the ground.

  1. Great blog! I live in Phuket, Thailand and am interested in getting a PPL myself. Could you recommend a cheap and good course in the SE Asian Area? Thank you for any advise you can offer me. 🙂 Happy flying!

    • In Phuket you should talk to Pat James at the Phuket Airpark to find out what pilot courses are available. I am only aware of the Thai Flying Club (check out the very good web site) near Bangkok, but have no first-hand knowledge. In Malaysia there are PPL course in Subang (FAS and Adventure Flying) and Johor (FRAS and Elite Flying Club).

      I have done my PPL with FRAS at Senai Airport in Johor.

      The best approach is to take off a few weeks and do the flight training within a short period of time. If you leave too many weeks in between training flights you will have to relearn too many things and the whole process will take longer and become more expensive.

      • Ingo,
        Thank you very much for this info! 🙂 Do you mind me asking about how much your flight training cost? I checked with the Thai flight Club and they seem to be quite expensive (like US prices).
        I’ve heard you can do the ground training yourself, but maybe that is hear say..

      • Ground training is usually just 3 days class and the rest is self study. Not an expensive part of the training. The total cost will depend on the number of flight hours you need. My own guess is that all up you will need about USD 10K minimum.

      • Ingo,
        Thank you very much for this info! 🙂 Do you mind me asking about how much your flight training cost? I checked with the Thai flight Club and they seem to be quite expensive (like US prices).
        I’ve heard you can do the ground training yourself, but maybe that is hear say..

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