Scratching That Post Skills Test Itch

PPL Skills test

In years gone by, students who have just passed their Skills Test have had to endure a frustrating wait for their first truly solo flight while their licence application is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and their licence is finally sent to them. Well, not anymore! The CAA recently relaxed their rules, meaning that you get your hands...

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Hour Building – Is Leasing an Option for You?

We’ve spoken in depth about hour building before and what options are available out there in our How Do I Hour Build? article. But one option that we didn’t discuss was leasing an aircraft from a flying school or a specialist leasing company. It is generally accepted that the aviation jobs market is a good as it has ever been for...

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Our prompts for your SAFETY – A handy safety brief checklist

Free Safety Card

When it comes to taking flight, safety is the most important factor in anyone's checklist. You shouldn’t ever consider getting into an aircraft if you have any doubts about its safety. We've put together a downloadable handy safety brief checklist. During the first phase of your flight training, your PPL, everything you're doing is geared towards safety. Acronym memory checklists...

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How do I hour build?

Light Aircraft Pilot Licence

Hour Building is a tricky subject to advise on because there are so many means and ways of building those much needed hours for your log book. So, for the purposes of simplicity and to save you from having to sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to focus mainly on the most popular ways to build hours. Across...

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Our Aid To Your Hour Building

PPL Hour Building Log

The ToBeAPilot.co.uk Hour Building log has been designed to assist you with what is potentially the most important phase of your flying education in mind. Hour Building can be the one of the most daunting phases on your path to becoming a career pilot. It is the first time that you will truly be PIC of your own aircraft (or an aircraft...

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The stress of exams and how to manage them

Dealing with PPL and ATPL exam stress and how to manage them

Whilst this article looks at the stress of exams and how to manage them from the point of a PPL student, you may wish to apply some of theory to other exams, such as ATPLs. Having just overcome the stresses of passing all nine Private Pilots License ground exams, I feel that I am well placed to share my experiences as...

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Flight Bag Essentials: 10 Things every pilot should have in their bag

Flight Bag Essentials Top 10

Have you ever looked into your flight bag before a flight and wondered if you have everything? In this article, we’ll round up those essential pieces of kit that will make your life easier at 2,000ft and make sure you’ve got everything you’re going to need next time you're flying on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Headset I think it...

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Which medical do you need?

Which Medical do I need? So you are about to embark on the journey to the cockpit right? Thought so, well before you start there is a number of important things to understand and indeed complete, one of these is an aviation medical. Although an aviation medical certificate is not a requirement to fly with an instructor, as they are...

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