bobtait replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?
Congratulations on achieving your PPL. We all look back on that as a highlight of our flying history.
I think your plan for future qualifications is a good one and I recommend you go that way.
There is such a thing as a PIFR which allows you to operate in IMC but is limited to private operations. This rating is done in modules beginning with en-route IFR which allows you to fly in IMC but only above lowest safe altitude en-route. You can then add IFR departures and approaches as separate training blocks when you feel you are ready.
However I recommend that you do the full command instrument rating theory exam since this does not expire and it covers you for both PIFR and CIR [the full command instrument rating] should you one day choose to go that way. If you are going to run around in IMC, its a big help to have a full understanding of just what other IFR operators are doing.
You need only a PPL licence to do the PIFR or CIR training [both theory and practical].
You have a long and rewarding road ahead and I wish you every success.
Daggo replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?
Hey mate, I have a PIFR, and IMHO its a waste of time, aside from the fact that it gives you a great grounding for the CIR. But unless you are going to be doing a lot of IMC flying as a private pilot then I would of just gone straight to CIR if I could do my time over again.
If you could afford it, I would do RG, CSU and ME all at the same time, and do MECIR also.
brook replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?
Appreciate that advice - I wont worry about PIFR as I know what I want for now.
Probably will do my IFR rating CIR with Flight Safety in the US, they have a lot more ILS facilities and modern aircraft over there, and air services are not as precious about letting you use the facilities as they are here in Oz, which saves a lot of hassle and money, unless I do it with one of the Aussie carriers as a cadet etc.