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  • #16
    SSEA class rating.

    Can anyone tell me how many "microlight" hours can you claim each year towards the minimum annual requirement to maintain a Group A PPL, please?

    Tim.

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    • #17
      SSEA class rating.

      Zero!

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      • #18
        SSEA class rating.

        Depends what license you have - if its an NPPL SSEA ( which is the subject of this thread) and a NPPL M then all but one of the hours can be done on a microlight - or vice versa, to revalidate both ratings by experience.

        Even if its an EASA PPL or LAPL or old CAA PPL A there is no need to do the full 12 hours. If you are flying microlights and therefore current with your flying skills, you can simply revalidate by test - one flight every two years - that's what I do.

        Paul

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        • #19
          SSEA class rating.

          Thanks guys. This stuff really is designed to make your head hurt, isn't it?

          I've just had a reply from Mickey Kaye, who seems to be very helpful indeed. I'll be booking a few consecutive days with him to do the requisite hours to achieve the dark side conversion.

          Tim.

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          • #20
            SSEA class rating.

            Saw it, booked it, did it. (or whatever the advert says...)

            Bare minimum is 1 hour instruments, two hours stalling, GFT (approx 1Hr 15min) and NST (another 1Hr 15min), then several weeks of waiting for the licence to be issued. For that (and a few quid to CAA) you get an NPPL(A) with Microlight and SSEA (land) endorsements.

            I did it with Mickey Kaye and it cost me 955 all-in. That included an extra hour-and-a-bit of circuits because there was an aircraft spare at the end of a day wasted waiting for weather to clear and cloudbase eventually crept up to about 900ft.

            Next stop is a full PPL which is a "further 15 hours of flight time on aeroplanes after the issue of the [NPPL], of which at least 10 shall be flight instruction completed in a training course at an ATO. The training shall comprise at least 4 hours supervised solo flight time, including at least 2 hours of solo cross country flight time of at least 150nm, during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made".

            The good news is that as part of the 10 hours you can chuck in a Night Rating, which is 5 hours in itself. So you get a free Night Rating! You can also convert onto the C172 (another couple of hours). I might look at doing an aerobatics course somewhere else as well.

            Cant recommend York Flying School highly enough.

            Tim.

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