We want to become the starting point for learner pilots in the UK. So we’re making every effort to build out our collection of tools & resources — including the Flight School Finder, Aviation Products — and now the resources section which you’re on right now.
The contributors of Fly GA draw from their own aviation experience & knowledge to provide transparent advice on obtaining your first licence — the PPL(A).
Let’s show you around…
The Main Categories
Starting out as a pilot… I remember it well. It was incredibly confusing. There’s far too much jargon for a beginner to decrypt.
If you’re interested in aviation then first thing you’ll probably do is browse the internet for information on how you can learn to fly. I did this myself, and I recall feeling bombarded with acronyms, rules & regulations, aviation products, aircraft types, expenses, licence types, ratings, and so on. If i hadn’t been so interested in becoming a pilot i probably would have been put off right there and then!
Part of the issue is that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website isn’t great. It’s not aimed at the absolute beginner. So a lot of entry-level information you’ll read online comes from flight schools (who want your business).
Schools aren’t aiming to teach you everything about aviation from their website, though. They just want to get you in the door and convince you to start flying with them. They’ll always praise their own methods, products and facilities and so on — they’re biased.
Our About Aviation section is a much-needed, unbiased, third party information source aimed at individuals starting out in UK aviation. We’ll build on these resources.
Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Where can you learn more about what’s involved in the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course and its 9 subjects?
Well, there’s plenty of aviation forums. But rooting through threads isn’t practical, and often the material is outdated (depending on how active the forum is). It’s much easier if you’re able to read up-to-date information in one place.
Some PPL blogs are great. Most of them are written by student pilots that document every step of their own journey — including the biggest challenges they’ve overcome. I enjoy reading the following:
What we’re doing here at Fly GA is a little different to the above Blogs. The members of our team already hold PPL licences, so we’re not documenting our progress as a student pilot.
Instead, we’re aiming to create a collection of simplified resources for learner pilots, and injecting our past experiences where it might be helpful. So our thoughts and views are all in hindsight as opposed to along the way.
We’re currently working on developing more content for each of the 9 PPL Subjects and what they entail.
Beyond the PPL
The Beyond the PPL section of the Blog is where i’m currently at myself — extending my PPL(A) licence with additional courses and ratings.
The plan for this section is to:
- Outline what options are available to existing PPL(A) holders. So far we’ve provided basic information on several ratings, with details of a typical course structure.
- Document my post-PPL experiences. Much like other PPL Blogs, I aim to document my own progress in a ‘diary entry’ format. This will enable us to provide continuous tips to our readers.
General & Miscellaneous
This section includes information on:
- Fly GA — what we’re currently up to (e.g. aviation product development)
- Aviation Resources — lists of helpful contacts/websites, encompassing all areas of aviation.
We anticipate a lot more material will find its way into this section. So keep posted and subscribe to the Newsletter!
Products & Equipment
This section provides an unbiased perspective on what tools student pilots ought to purchase and those that are, in our opinion, expendable. It also provides tutorials on how to use Fly GA products.