Aero Alliance is a registered facility (registration no: OCP2262) and is entitled to carry out private pilot licence (PPL) training from Shoreham Aerodrome.
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Aero Alliance is a CAA approved Registered Training Facility (RF). We offer training through to the JAR PPL qualification on our fleet of training aircraft.
Instruction is given on a one to one basis with an instructor allocated to you for your course of training. All instruction follows the European Joint Aviation Authority’s approved training syllabus, which requires a minimum of 45 hours training to be undertaken. As each student will be different, Aero Alliance’s instructors will individually evaluate each person and regularly advise you of your progress.
A minimum of 25 hours dual instruction will be undertaken. This includes all basic exercises in aircraft handling and airmanship to take the student through to First Solo, which is usually achieved between 12 and 15 hours total flying time. Further dual instruction covers advanced turning, emergency and precautionary landings, instrument appreciation, navigation and landing away at other airfields.
Training is normally carried out in the airspace between Beachy Head and Selsey Bill, with cross country flying to airports selected from Lydd, Manston, Headcorn, Southend, Blackbushe, Goodwood and the Isle of Wight. Towards the end of your course you will fly with your instructor to Bournemouth International Airport. This will enable you to gain experience of flying to a busy major airport and into the associated controlled airspace.
Once you have mastered the art of taking off and landing you will be sent on your first solo flight, which will be one circuit of the airfield. Prior to this you must have passed the Aviation Law and Human Performance and Limitations exams, and have attained a medical certificate from a CAA approved medical examiner. (This is a fairly basic examination and does not normally present any difficulties).
Having mastered the techniques involved in cross-country navigation, you will be sent on your first solo navigational flight into the local flying area. Before this flight you must have passed the Navigation and Meteorology exams.
On completion of your course, you will have done at least 10 hours solo flying, including 5 hours of solo cross-country flying. This will also include your qualifying cross-country (QCC) flights of at least 150 nautical miles where you will land at two other airfields before returning to Shoreham. Prior to the QCC flights you will have passed the Communications written and practical exams.
A total of 7 multiple choice ground examinations must be passed before taking your skill test at the end of the course. You will already have passed the first 5 written exams and the Communications practical exam prior to your Qualifying Cross-Country flight.
In summary the ground exams are:
(a) Air law and Operational Procedures
(b) Human Performance and Limitations
(c) Navigation and Radio Aids
(e) Communications (written and practical)
(f) Aircraft General and Principles of Flight
(g) Flight Performance and Planning
All examinations are conducted on site and can be arranged at any time when the student feels ready, and are marked immediately. Study books and practice questions are available from stock for self-study of all examination subjects. Instructors will always be available to answer any questions you may have on a particular subject.
You will probably find that your own self-study is all that is required to pass the ground exams. However if you do need any in depth assistance then one-to-one ground school with your instructor can easily be arranged. This will be tailored to your requirements.
Aero Alliance offer the most competitive Ground Exams, at only £20 per exam.
After completion of all of your flying training and ground exams, you will take a skill test with a flight examiner. (This will normally be with our in-house examiner).
All lessons also include full pre-flight briefings and debriefings.