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lindyman
02-24-2004, 10:29 AM
I have decided to expand my abilities by getting an aerobatics rating. Unfortunately, however, the training facility closest to me will most probably not have any classes this year. Realising this, I see that I can either wait another year, or travel. If I travel, I might as well travel far enough to make it a vacation.

Since I have a JAR-FCL PPL, I think I'd prefer a facility in the EU.

So far a web search has given me 2 decent hits in the UK, and 2 in the Czech Republic (not EU yet, but JAR approved none the less.) I've found a few other places too, but they're so darned expensive.

With that said, can anyone give me recommendations of places to try to contact (or places to avoid, for that matter.) Matters of interest are quality of the training (of course,) price, availability as a "tourist," with respect to cheap hotels or B&Bs.

The hits so far are:

* LAC, Moravska Trebova airfield. Czech Republic.
* Zlin Air School, Morovan Airplanes factory, Czech Republic.
* OnTrack Aviation, Wel*****urne Mountford Airfield, UK.
* Flightpass, Exeter, UK.


Other recommendations?
_
/Bjorn.

lindyman
02-24-2004, 10:29 AM
I have decided to expand my abilities by getting an aerobatics rating. Unfortunately, however, the training facility closest to me will most probably not have any classes this year. Realising this, I see that I can either wait another year, or travel. If I travel, I might as well travel far enough to make it a vacation.

Since I have a JAR-FCL PPL, I think I'd prefer a facility in the EU.

So far a web search has given me 2 decent hits in the UK, and 2 in the Czech Republic (not EU yet, but JAR approved none the less.) I've found a few other places too, but they're so darned expensive.

With that said, can anyone give me recommendations of places to try to contact (or places to avoid, for that matter.) Matters of interest are quality of the training (of course,) price, availability as a "tourist," with respect to cheap hotels or B&Bs.

The hits so far are:

* LAC, Moravska Trebova airfield. Czech Republic.
* Zlin Air School, Morovan Airplanes factory, Czech Republic.
* OnTrack Aviation, Wel*****urne Mountford Airfield, UK.
* Flightpass, Exeter, UK.


Other recommendations?
_
/Bjorn.

Flamin_Squirrel
02-24-2004, 10:52 AM
What about the US? As i understand it, its much cheaper to do pilot training there than it is here. Not 100% on that, but just thought it might be worth considering, especialy as airfares to the US arent really that expensive right now.

BlackCatClaws
02-24-2004, 03:01 PM
Try look into former soviet union republics.
They might not have formal schools but u can ride in 2 seater yak-52 for penies(i hope i spelled that right). They instructors thata will take u for a ride might ne experienced airobatic performers. So lealrn as u go!

BackCatClaws

lindyman
02-25-2004, 02:43 AM
The former Soviet Union would be OK if I just wanted to learn, but I want to have an official rating noted in my license, so that I can rent aerobatic planes. Of course, there may be schools available that are formally rated. In that case, it'd be a good alternative.

The US is worth looking into. I'm a bit worried about the possibility to tranfer the rating to the EU. Earlier, a US PPL was more or less a formality to convert to a Swedish license, but it is (or at least was very recently) not at all possible to convert a US PPL to a JAR-FCL PPL.
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/Bjorn.

TX-EcoDragon
03-15-2004, 09:36 PM
Yes, here in the US there is no "Aerobatic Rating" though there certainly are plenty of great instructors and facilities. We do have a spin endorsements but that is more for flight instructors, and not a competition based endorsement. I am not sure about the regulations where you are, but I am sure that you could get the training here and then perhaps take your checkride (etc) once back home for the actual rating on your certificate.

As an example of costs, here is a quick list of some of our planes and hourly rental rates at Attitude Aviation (KLVK) in US Dollars:

Prices per hour, wet hobbs (except Extra which is Tach time).

Bellanca/ACA Citabria: $69.00 (older one)$78.00(brand new)

Grob 115C $91.00

ACA Super Decathlon: 99.00

Pitts S-2B: 179.00

Extra 200: $184.00

These are very competitive rates on these aircraft, which are all fairly new and in excellent shape.

Instuctors charge from 40.00-65.00 per hour for tailwheel aerobatics, and the tricycle gear is a little less (~5-10)

Flying weather is almost every day, we have a practice area right by the airport, all aircraft can be soloed provided sufficient training and logbook totals appropriate for the given aircraft.

Best of luck, don't hesitate to PM me with any questions.

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