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As the prefvious poster noted, if the VAC says "FR seulement" then you *MUST* be able to speak/understand aeronautical French to the extent that you can call all your positions and listen and UNDERSTAND any other traffic in the vicinity and make corrections etc. to your approach/departure as needed. However, since the implementation of the EASA FCL licence, things appear to have become at the least confused and at worse, close to impossible. There are multiple accounts of Swiss aircraft being impounded by the Gendarmes on arrival at "FR seulement" airfields as, although the pilots spoke FLUENT French their new EASA part FCL licence (which is, of course Europe wide) only listed their language proficiency for German and English, thus the French deemed that they could not speak French as their European Licence did not state they could. What becomes even more difficult is that if you ask the DGAC they do not appear to be able to direct one to an examiner who can test/attest that you can speak French (level 4 or above) to get it added to the licence .... As a non-French national with an aircraft based at a "FR seulement" airfield and UK-JAR licence I'm holding off exchanging it for an EASA Part FCL licence until this is clarified, as, although I speak French, my licence does not know that !!
It's been a long time since I've had the time to update this blog, sadly I'm still short on time but have a lot to tell you all - sometime soon! (just as soon as I get a few hours free!). In the meantime, just to let you know that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at G-BIWW
Avoid LFCJ to the SW of Cognac even though the carte VAC says it accepts microlights - the Mayor of the town is currently having a 'bit of a huff' with the aeroclub there as they allowed ULMs to use 'his' airfield, so he closed it down!! If you are passing that way, use LFCP at Pons which is 6.8nm north and will welcome ULM/Microlight pilots.
You can indeed sit your PPL exams, in ENGLISH and in France, but it would have to be at a CAA licensed facility and a CAA approved ground examiner - Stuart Morton at Limoges is both, thus you can do your 7 theory exams in Limoges, then take your PPL test flight with whichever examiner you wish in France (in English or French) and send the whole lot off to the DGAC for them to issue you with a "French issued EASA PPL"
On top of all the great advice above, now that Stuart has qualified as an instructor he's opened a school in conjunction with the Aeroclub de Limousin at Limoges airport and I'm sure he could help you.
It's been a long time since I've posted anything on here - for many reasons, most of them because I'm just so darn busy doing nothing at the moment - I never seem to have a minute free but when I look around I seem to have achieved nothing! Anyhow,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at G-BIWW
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Aug 5, 2010
I can only second Stuart's comments. As Les said too, seems no reason not to try and obtain one of the FFA burseries if you fall within their scope too.
The previous post alluded to the fact that despite the major overhaul that 'Molly' has had the owners decided to leave the interior until a later date due to cost restrictions, reasoning that it was functional and that was what mattered. When I first saw Molly I also though that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at G-BIWW
Blimey Lucia - three new sheep in a week and all in difficult circumstances! Well done, I'm sure that your new flock will all grow up very healthy thanks to their surrogate mum.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2010 on "Here we go again! " at nearlyheaven
I have to admit, the home made pate and duck sausages were wonderful, and what beautiful weather! A great day out, thanks Sue & Gwen.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2010 on Sunshine in Sarlat ! at nearlyheaven
Congratulations Lucia and Luna :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on " Luna of Nearly Heaven" at nearlyheaven
Hearty congrats to one and all ....
Oh, sounds fun - another one to add to my list of places to visit ....
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2010 on Coffee and Biscuits in Figeac at nearlyheaven
Wouldn't have happened in Delta-Delta ..... All joking aside, that could have turned into a real situation - I'm sue that such events are 'good training' for you both, but even so, glad that you both had the sense to stay calm and think things through and fly yourselves safely home. By the time Gwen's PPL arrives she will be the most practiced ex-student in strange events and landings! Glad you are both safe and 'sound'. John
haha .... Super!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on Always Ask Never Assume ! at nearlyheaven
Having trawled through all of the old logbooks it's plainly clear that 'Molly' has had a fairly good life. She's had her 50 hour services, 62 day services, annuals, air worthiness directive checks, etc. etc. etc. One interesting part of her history is that her propeller and spinner were stolen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at G-BIWW
I'm sad to see Delta Delta go, she was by far my favourite of the Robins. Still, looking forwards to getting to play with the HR 200 when she arrives.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2010 on New Arrival and Sad Departures at nearlyheaven
In short, no. Various reasons (which will be expanded on here on due course) but also some tax reasons - I need to wait until 2010/11 tax year starts before using her for pleasure, just courier flights to maintenance facilities at the moment, so DR400s for me at the moment. Ironically, Im typing this at Luton waiting for an easyJet flight to Bordeaux (have to give it to them, may nor be as much fun but really cant complain at £19 Inc Tax to get me from London to Bordeaux!) Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2010 on First, a little bit of history at G-BIWW
The AA5 is an evolution of the American Aviation Corporation (AAC) two-seat AA1 originally designed in 1962 by Jim Bede. The AA5 is powered by a 150 hp Lycoming O-320-E2G engine and will carry four people at 121 knots (224 km/h) cruise speed. Production of the Traveler started in 1971... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at G-BIWW
Another great account of the sometimes daunting battles with French bureaucracy. It is alsmost singularly the thing I find most annoying in France, yet most satisfying once you have navigated through it and eventually reach your goal. We have noticed the temperatures starting to rise very slowly now, but I doubt that it's anywhere near warm enough for the gluing and bonding sessions that will be keeping you busy in the coming months. Best of luck Richard, please keep the updates coming as it's great to read them! John
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Feb 3, 2010
Welcome to this blog. Basically, it's for me to vent my frustration at the hassles and costs involved in owning and keeping an aircraft from the early 70's flying. Hopefully, along the way there will be some fun bits too and we can all look back on this and have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at G-BIWW
What a busy year ! It's great to see everyone's successes (and the odd obstacle) all in one place and just shows how hard they and, especially, you have worked in 2009. Fingers crossed for 2010 and that it will be a good year for everyone. For me, the first ¼ looks to be very busy (which in the uncertain market can only be a good thing) and I have at least found my plane (which I had rather impressively managed to misplace for two months!) and it’s all ship-shape and ready to fly again after some electrical gremlins were chased out of her – who knows, we may even manage to get her to France, we have only been trying for the last six months! Looking forward to flying again soon with you and all the friends that I’ve made at the club, and fingers crossed for Gwen for a speedy PPL !!! John
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2010 on 2009 The Best Year So Far ! at nearlyheaven
My goodness, there are people camping at that airstrip! Surely that's not a recent photograph or are they just incredibly hardy in that part of France? Brrrrrrrrrr .... shivering just thinking about it. Lots of good news in one big post, great to hear that everyone is getting on so well. Get well soon Peter.