Tag: PPL

  • Visit to the CAA

    Today I picked up my freshly-issued license. Everything was OK, except for one small mistake in my home address, and it took some more time because of that. The interior of the building seemed very similar to the Russian Traffic Inspection office (or any other legal department), but there were no queues at the CAA […]

  • Documents

    I headed to Czech Republic for my PPL. I passed my checkride in May, and my documents are ready now. I think I could ask for mailing them, but I decided to pick them up by myself. There were two reasons for that: I want to obtain 1st class medical, and I enjoy traveling. I […]

  • EASA PPL Checkride

    Finally I did it! To be honest, I was worrying that I would have to return to Moscow before finishing my PPL, because I did not have any possibility to stay here after the 1st of July. It is much easier to take an exam right after finishing the course because of fresh skills, and […]

  • Summertime in Czech Republic

    The summer is coming, and it means that we will see thunderstorms. I need two more hours to complete my training, and today these hours are going to fly by. I came to the aerodrome and saw a dark cloud accompanied by thunder. I have to be in Moscow soon, and extending my stay is […]

  • High Altitude

    I continue flying my cross-countries. Today I explored incredible mountains near the Czech border with Poland. I climbed to 5500 feet, so I am getting closer to airliners 🙂 I enjoy cross country flights. I can see beautiful forests, castles, fields, mountains, houses, cars and people below my plane, and incredible blue sky above. The […]

  • Long Cross-Country

    There was one more important stage for me today: I flew my long cross-country with two full stop landings in different aerodromes. In my case there were Hradec Kralove (hurray, concrete runway!) and Pribram (hurray, asphalt runway!). I already said that I like concrete and asphalt runways more than grass or turf ones. The landscape […]

  • Navigation (Cross-Country) Endorsement

    Today I had one more check conducted to sign me off for navigation flights. That check is internal, and it is mandatory for all students according to our syllabus. It was nothing special, just a usual cross-country flight using a paper chart. We flew a very beautiful route today. I am not afraid of the […]

  • The First Solo

    Finally it happened: I flew my first solo today. It is a very important step for every pilot. That day we had done more than 10 patterns with my instructor and 3 patterns with the examiner before I flew alone. The examiner was staying on the ground with a handheld radio. I was instructed that […]

  • Land in Sight!

    We fly a lot of aerodrome patterns. We do it in different aerodromes for a richer experience. My instructor is not totally assured in my flying, and so he does not want to let me fly solo now. Probably with the only instructor from the beginning it can be faster, but now we have what […]

  • EASA PPL Written Exam

    Today I passed the rest of my written exam subjects. There is a nice point: retaking is totally free. I supposed that I have to pay for all attempts, but I was wrong, in Czech you pay only once. This time the exam was easy for me. I was better prepared, I knew what to […]