DO MANY WOMEN FLY?
Yes. From recreational pilots to airline captains, there is a steadily growing proportion of female pilots. We have a healthy proportion of female members flying with us. When you begin flying, you may wish to become part of Women In Aviation International, a worldwide organisation supporting women aviators and aviation enthusiasts.
Does it matter if I've never been in a plane before?
Many students begin with very little flying experience or even none at all. This is why Trial Flights can be a good idea. Trial Flights are designed to give you a short taste of what flying is like in an informal manner. However they are not compulsory, and if you prefer you can begin your training straight away. In either case, if you have never been in an aeroplane before, on your first flight it's a good idea to let your instructor know so that he or she can make sure you know what to expect.
What happens if the engine stops?
Every pilot is trained in emergency procedures, one of which is engine failure. In fact, light aeroplanes are quite capable of landing safely in fields and paddocks - just not taking off! However, while pilots still prepare for this possibility, rigorous maintenance schedules and regular pre-flight testing ensure that engine failures are extremely rare. In fact, because of other limitations imposed by propellers, low levels of stress and wear make aeroplane engines notoriously reliable.
Are light planes safe?
Contrary to a common misconception, light aeroplanes are very safe. Often, individual incidents are highly publicised and it is easy to get the impression that small planes are accident-prone, but this is not the case, particularly when compared with road accident statistics. As with their engines, mechanical failure of any kind in an aeroplane is very unlikely. When you begin to fly you will soon learn the thorough checking carried out before every flight to make sure your aeroplane is safe to fly - a process which begins before you even get in.
How long will it take to get my Private Pilot Licence?
This depends on how often you wish to fly. A PPL can be completed in as short a time as 10 weeks, or in as long as several years. It's up to you. Other factors such as adverse weather, or possibly exam re-sittings, can extend the time in which you are able to complete a PPL.