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Just got my PPL. Now what?

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pilot1day created the topic: Just got my PPL. Now what?

I finally got my PPL after 4 years of on again, off again, training.

I want to continue my training on a casual basis, and need some advice on the best approach to do so.

I'm thinking I'll do NVFR first - seems like an easier one to knock over, then maybe Multi, CSU, and Retractable all in one go in a dutchie.

Can you do IREX without a CPL? And if so, is there any different types of IREX for PPL and CPL or is it a one size fits all thing?

I'll be knocking over the CPL exams over the next year, but the actual CPL license isn't a huge priority right now.

Here's a summary of my log book:
Dual - 92.9, Command - 17.5, Instrument 1.7 Flight, 2.2 Sim

I'll obviously be doing some Nav's with friends / family in between any training. I'm just unsure what's the best approach.

Any help would be much appreciated :)
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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.

Bob
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brook replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

Well done pilot1day! Bet you are relieved, and now a whole new bunch of challenges, I hope its a fun journey!

Thanks for your advice Bob on the differences between CIR and PIFR and the differences!
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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.
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brook replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

Thanks Daggo!

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.

Brook.
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captainellzy replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

Whats the go in getting your CIR validated/converted for Australia? Is it just a flight test or something? Probably much cheaper in the US too I'd imagine, even with the strong dollar.
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Richard replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

You need to pass the IREX written exam and also the CIR flight test. You can also expect to have at least a few hours of familiarisation training to get you up to speed on any Australian differences.

When I converted my UK ME-IR to an Aussie CIR, a sim session and a couple of trips was all it took.
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pilot1day replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

Thanks for all the info guys,

Can someone explain to me what the difference between CIR and ME-CIR is?

I didn't think having an extra engine would change the way you'd do any instrument flight

Cheers
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captainellzy replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

By the way, my NVFR was one of the harder things I had to do in my training. Just make sure you don't try work full time while you're doing it!
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Daggo replied the topic: Re: Just got my PPL. Now what?

I think it is more to do with engine failure during an instrument approach and engine failures in IMC and so on
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