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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #900 on: October 10, 2018, 10:31:58 am »
Dankie Kokkie nou verstaan ek ook!  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #901 on: October 11, 2018, 09:29:53 am »
Ok, get ready for a long reply...

So a few years ago, when people were decent, a pilot with a fresh commercial pilots licence could go to Botswana and get a job with only 200hrs to their name.

They would agree to 3 years - 2 years flying piston aircraft and then 1 year on the turbine Caravan. This would get them around 2500hrs, with about 500hrs of those on turbines.

This kicked open the door to charter and contract work. So they would go to the likes of Solenta, get a job, and work there for x-amount of years.

So let’s say 5 years after qualifying you would be eligible for an airline, having not paid a cent for a type rating.

Then things changed. The people in Botswana got their Caravan rating(paid for by their employer), and disappeared.

They did the same to the big contract companies. Now, these ratings cost anything for R60 000-R160 000. It’s a lot of time and money to invest in someone.

So, thanks to those selfish individuals, and a few other idiots flying for free because they can, you now have to pay for your own rating, with no guarantee of getting a job.

There is the odd company who will hire you and then say “ok, you have 4 months to get rated, off you go.” Which is better, but not great.

Ok, so ratings. What the frikkadel?

Typical one gets a Private Pilots Licence (PPL) on a single engine piston. If you have the money you could do it on a multi-engine piston, or a single engine turbine. But few people do.

The single engine piston is quite basic, safe, and perfect for someone with zero flying experience.
Also, good for those who just want to fly for fun.

For those who aim to use their aircraft to get from A to B for work, they typically get a PPL and then a multi-engine rating, or a turbine rating, buy their own plane, and fly themselves to meetings.

For those wanting to make a career out of it, you can do your Commercial Pilots Licence on a single engine piston, or a multi-engine piston (or, if you have loads of money, multi-engine turbine).

I went the single engine route as I knew I wouldn’t be employable with 200hours and a multi-engine rating, and I chose to use the money I would’ve spent on the multi, on an instructors rating.
No regrets!

And, multi-engine pistons scare me.

So up until now, I hold a single engine commercial pilots Licence, with an instrument rating. And I hold a turbine endorsement.

From next week that should become a multi-engine Pilots Licence with instrument rating, and a single engine turbine endorsement.

What are all these rating things?

Flying in South Africa isn’t like going from your VW Beetle to a Ferrari. For each type of aircraft you want to fly, you must be signed out on it by an instructor.

So if I can fly the Cessna 152, I need to do a type technical exam and, depending on the school, a flight in order to be able to fly the Cessna 172. Which is just a big 152.

I’m the States one rating covers all aircraft within a certain weight category, which makes sense as most light aircraft are similar. But there are some that will kill you more easily than others.

Then you get Type Ratings. These are for bigger aircraft. The Caravan, Kodiak, PC12, Boeing 737 etc each require a type rating. That can mean anything from 5-30 days ground school, and a mix of simulator training and flying the actual aircraft. And lots of money.

And then there are Class Ratings: single engine piston, turbine, multi-engine etc.

The big thing with the multi-engine flying is that multi-engine pistons don’t glide. And they don’t fly so well on one engine. The saying is “the other engine just gets you to the scene of the crash faster.”

You have to be awake because when the donkey fails, especially after take off, you have literally seconds to react.

But ja, to answer why I have had to pay for this. My employer doesn’t have multi-engine aircraft so there is no need for them to have me get the class rating.

Most companies require at least a multi-engine rating to be considered for employment.
I tick all the other boxes- turbine time, total time, ATPL exams passed. So I figured now is the time to bite the bullet and get it done. Fuel ain’t getting any cheaper! (Almost R22/l of Avgas! And the Seneca burns 87l per hour. Which isn’t actually too bad. R2000/hr, and it sits at about 140kts in the cruise. But then you have to add on insurance, maintenance, and the owner’s cut and boom, it costs R4700/hr!)
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #902 on: October 11, 2018, 09:49:07 am »
I saw this puppy parked outside my bf’s work yesterday and asked who owned it. It’s his colleague’s house mate’s. So I asked if I could take it for a ride. ...   :biggrin: :biggrin:

I haven’t ridden a bike in well over a year.

So I took it easy down the road. And then gave the throttle a little twist and was surprised to see the speedo shooting past 60km/h. Wheeee! What a jol! Now I want a motorbike.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #903 on: October 11, 2018, 09:56:45 am »
Awesome, then you can really FLY....
Boys will be Boys.
And girls are darn thankful for that
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #904 on: October 11, 2018, 07:46:32 pm »
Excellent as always.

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