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PPL Flight Training FAQs


PPL Flight Training

‘What is Fast Track’?

Fast Track simply means that the course is undertaken on a more intensive basis. These courses are primarily designed for those short of time, which lets face it, is most of us! The Fast Track PPL courses are designed to last approximately 21 days. Typical start and finish times are between 9.00am to 5.00pm with a morning, lunch and afternoon break. You can expect to fly from 3 to 5 hours per day. Other options are available. Perhaps you have started a course elsewhere and wish to complete it.

‘I thought these courses could only be done in America, what about the horrible English weather?'

Our motto is: "If you're going to fly in England, learn in England". Yes we do have days of inclement weather, but very rarely do we have days when you cannot fly at all. This may mean that you have to show up to fly earlier one day or stay a little later, either way we will ensure you fly regularly and safely. It is far better to have a taste of flying in inclement weather whilst sat next to your instructor, rather than have got your PPL in the states in beautiful weather, only to come back and frighten yourself when caught out with low visibility, rain or a strong crosswind on landing!

‘Would it be cheaper for me to go to America and do this course?'

When perusing the glossy ads in magazines it might seem so. Now add in the cost of return airfares, time and money spent on visas for flight training and licence conversion if necessary (and it nearly always is). When you return your local flying school will almost certainly insist on some further training to acquaint you with british ATC procedures and flying in our ever changing weather. This can all add up to a considerable amount of money and frequently ends up costing more than it would have to train here in the UK.

‘Are your courses run on a one to one basis?'

Absolutely. We guarantee that you won’t have lots of instructors and different aircraft for your training. We find that no more than two instructors and two aircraft provide the most effective training regime. This saves valuable time as you do not have to get used to learning the differences between lots of aircraft and different instructional techniques. At The Great Circle, all instructors teach the same procedures to ensure continuity and progression.

‘Do most people complete the course in 21 days?'

Yes they do. You need to be very motivated, well rested and prepared to learn. When people take the time off and enrol on a Fast Track course, they find in the end that they have saved an awful lot of time, money and heart ache. You will spend little time repeating things as you are flying from 3 to 5 hours a day, you will remember far more this way. Everyone is amazed at what they can achieve on our courses in such a short space of time.

‘What are your pass rates?'

100% of course! Our dedicated and patient instructors spend as much time as is required to get you through. We would not put you forward for a flight test if we didn't think you were ready. The vast majority of people go home with a first time pass and a big grin on their face!

‘Is an examiner available immediately at the end of my course?'

When you are near to completing your course, we will pre-book your test to ensure that an examiner is available for you without delay. This will ensure you get your licence with minimum fuss. We currently have 3 examiners on staff and you will be guaranteed a test immediately on completion of your course.

'How much does it cost?'

Prices for our courses are listed on the courses pages.

'Where are your Fast Track courses held?'

Our flight training courses are conducted at Bagby airfield in the beautiful vale of York. Enjoy miles and miles of beautiful open countryside and coast line while learning to fly. The historical city of York is only a 20 minute drive from the school. We have both grass and tarmac runways, a modern fleet of aircraft and pre-flight briefing rooms.

'I live at the other end of the country, is there accommodation nearby?

There are a number of very nice local b&bs within 5 to 10 mins of the airfield. Slightly further, there is the beautiful city of York with many b&bs; hotels, restaurants and pubs. Please visit our links page to see what's on offer.

'My family and friends will miss me, can they come and visit?'

Absolutely. Although 3 weeks is a very short time to complete a PPL, it's still a fair amount of time to be away from your nearest and dearest. Our clients often have family who come and visit for a week or so and we would encourage this. They can even come along and sit in the back whilst you have a lesson if you like!

I have a disability, what provisions are made?'

We make every effort to accommodate students with disabilities. All entrances and elevators (when used), toilets and refreshment areas are designed for wheelchair access. If you have any special requirements, please contact us so that suitable arrangements can be made.

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