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Any pilots in here? I have a question.

Post by dotx » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:45 pm

I've been looking at the Bangkok Flight Academy (see here: http://www.talenttec.co.th/service_flying.php) to get a license to fly ultralight aircraft. The course itself "prepares" you for the exam, but then you have to go take it with the Department of Civil Aviation. Anybody has any experience taking this type of exams? Any idea of the paperwork involved? Am I in for a major headache or is it a matter of taking the written/practical exam and that's it? I'm worried about taking the whole course and then not being able to pass the test and get the license. I don't just want to learn to fly these things. I want the actual licence.

I asked the school, but their answers are somewhat confusing (might be a question of language).

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Post by loverboy44 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:29 pm

I have a micro light license and have been to Chachoengsao, Chonburi, about 6 years ago to have a look at a flight club there. I met Kuhn Tip and was very amazed about there eqipment
(Tecnam P-92, Fresh Breeze paramotor)
Don't know about getting a license but they can help you.
You had to join the Royal Thai Flight Club to fly in Thailand and the costs were about
(i think) 2500 baht a year. But its a long time ago and maybe things have changed scince
then. It was not a comercial club so the information you will get will be ok.

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Post by dotx » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:55 pm

Thanks for the info. I'm guessing you didn't get your license in Thailand, right?

The school from the link mentioned the 2,500 baht for the membership (apparently, it's still the same amount) so I'm taking that as a good sign.

Their next ground school workshop is near the end of October and I would like to join. Just wanted to make sure first that I can actually get licensed. I'll see if I can get in touch with the flying club in Chachoengsao.

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Post by jimmy40 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:38 pm

Hi op, i have about 9 hours on a piper, and about 2 on a gazzele both lsa in Australia. I went to the airport about 1 year ago wanting to get my full lsa cert, they met with many smiles to say we only have a simulator. Like to know who is flying them 737 300's !!!!

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Post by dotx » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:39 am

jimmy40 wrote:Hi op, i have about 9 hours on a piper, and about 2 on a gazzele both lsa in Australia. I went to the airport about 1 year ago wanting to get my full lsa cert, they met with many smiles to say we only have a simulator. Like to know who is flying them 737 300's !!!!
Ha! I'm traveling to Bangkok for this. It sucks, but seems to be the only alternative.

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Post by Gus » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:09 am

Is there a company at Hua Hin airport where you can hire a Cessna and pilot for an hours pleasure flight?
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Post by Nereus » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:40 am

Gus wrote:Is there a company at Hua Hin airport where you can hire a Cessna and pilot for an hours pleasure flight?
TIA
Have a look at this thread, Gus:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=14238

They may not run it as a joy flight, but call it an "introductory flight". :cheers:
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Post by Gus » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:31 pm

Nereus, Thank you very much for the info, when I am over in a couple of weeks I'll perhaps check them out, 8,500 for 1 hour seems a bit steep for Thailand but we will see.
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Post by Big Boy » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:40 pm

Gus wrote:8,500 for 1 hour seems a bit steep for Thailand but we will see.
Rgds Gus
That seems very good to me for hiring a private plane with an experienced pilot. For my own curiosity, how much do you think would be reasonable?
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Post by Gus » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:01 am

I'm a bit out of touch with prices in the UK but I thought it was about £100 per hour, I'll have a surf around tomorrow and see how much an hour costs in the UK.

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Post by Nereus » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:59 am

Gus wrote:I'm a bit out of touch with prices in the UK but I thought it was about £100 per hour, I'll have a surf around tomorrow and see how much an hour costs in the UK.
They are a law unto themselves, Gus, and can charge what they like as they are mostly only dealing with "elite" young people where Daddy pays. They were charging Baht 17,500 an hour for the Robinson R22 helicopter, which is over the top. But then they crash one now and again, so need to have a reserve!

If you take a trip over the other side of the Gulf, the flying club near Pattaya will probably have a better deal going. :cheers:
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Post by Gus » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:14 am

Donair who operate from EGNX (East Midlands UK) offer a trial flight of 1 hour for £119, but I guess that would be about 40 mins actual flying.
Maybe I could get a better return for my 8,500 down Bintabaht.:)

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Post by prcscct » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:46 am

A side comment....on a whim yesterday I Googled "Thailand helicopter charter" to see the cost as a special treat for someone. I only looked at one company which has some new and seemingly quite sophisticated aircraft. I was anticipating a price of about 30,000 Baht per hour. I was shocked to see 87,500 Baht per hour :shock: :shock: :shock: for their Bangkok based helicopter which is a 6 seater. The whim suffered a very quick death! :laugh: Pete :cheers:
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Post by Takiap » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:44 am

Pete, that must be the most expensive helicopter flight in the world. Saying that, I wouldn't be interested even if it only cost 100 baht......lol. I've had more than my share of flying in helicopters.

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