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Senne Vandenputte

February 18, 2019 - 178 views

Posted in Training

Getting Your Private Pilot License - Checkride Preparations

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As a glider pilot with about 220 flying hours, I finally decided to take the jump and start my Private Pilot training in June 2018. In this series, I share my experiences of getting my Private Pilot License in Belgium. From preparing for my first lesson, to my first solo flights and ultimately my checkride. I hope these articles will be able to help you get the most out of your own flight training!

My PPL flight training is progressing well. I'm doing my best to have a flying lesson every weekend, but with the weather in Belgium that's not always easy.

I have about 19 hours dual now and 13 hours of solo time (PIC). We finished most of the training exercises (that I explained in a previous story) but I still need about 6 hours dual instruction before reaching the required minimum experience to take the Skill Test ('checkride' in the US).

The plan is to take advantage of these hours and do as many cross country flying as possible, practicing navigation, radio navigation and emergency exercises en-route. We are having some less than ideal (but legal) flying conditions with the weather in Belgium currently, but this offers some great training opportunities in flight planning and taking account possible weather diversions. Lots to be learned here!

I absolutely love cross country flying and visiting new airfields. We're lucky enough to have quite a few nice local airfields in Belgium, all within 30-45 min of flying (perks of a small country).

One of the nice airfields we visited is the Balen-Keiheuvel airfield (EBKH). And we got treated with some great flying weather as well!

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I'm having a lot of fun in my training right now. Without trying to brag, I feel like I'm making some nice progress and I'm looking forward to take the PPL Skill Test.

But first, some more studying for the written test!

Talk soon,


PS: If you have any questions at all about flight training, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email to senne@hangar.flights!

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Story series: Getting Your Private Pilot License

Glider pilot Senne shares his flight training experiences, lessons he learns and tips he receives while getting his Private Pilot License.

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