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Got the PPL, now what?

By on 17/10/2020

The day I got the my PPL (Private Pilot’s license) felt like a big achievement. Getting the license was a lot harder than I had expected, especially passing the theory exams. Being able to fly with family and friends was awesome. It opened up possibilities for new adventures. At first we did some great trips […]

Aircraft Float Manufacturers

By on 30/09/2020

Being able to land an aircraft on water is a spectacular way to open up a whole new world of flying. Aircraft come in all shapes and sizes and there are a surprising number of float options available. We will explore the float options available for General Aviation aircraft starting from the smallest and cheapest […]

Fancy a Flying Boat?

By on 29/09/2020

If you want a Seaplane and your budget is tight maybe one of these Flying boats might suit you well. Not sure how much commercial success any of the following designs has received but they sure do look fun. Don’t expect to cruise fast, cruise speed for these craft is around 40 knots with stall […]

The Best Ultralight Seaplanes

By on 28/09/2020

Today we are looking at what we refer to in Europe as Ultralight Seaplanes (LSA Seaplanes in the USA). This list is dominated by monohull designs. Strangely, I was only able to find one factory built ultralight aircraft offering floats as an option. There are however many aftermarket float options available for just about every […]

My story – How I got my Pilot’s license

By on 24/09/2020

A Simmering Passion I grew up in a military town called Richmond on the outskirts of Sydney Australia, close to an Air Force base. Hearing the frequent and powerful roar of C130 Hercules aircraft pass our house on training flights planted the seeds for a lifelong curiosity and passion for flight. Like it is for […]

Europe finally gets 600 kg Ultralights

By on 23/09/2020

16 years after the United States FAA approved 600 kg Light Sport Aircraft, EASA (the European Safety Agency) is finally allowing 600 kg Ultralights which are the equivalent of USA Light Sport Aircraft in Europe. (See this article for more background on the topic) The way regulation works is that EU Member states need to […]

Ultralight hours can now be used towards EASA PPL SEP Renewal

By on 23/09/2020

After years of lobbying by the aviation community, EASA in 2020 made a concession to allow Ultralight (and Sailplane) to be used towards PPL SEP (and LAPL license) renewals. This is great news for pilots who predominantly fly ultralights. As European pilots know, PPL SEP class renewal needs to be done every 2 years and […]

EASA PPL vs. LAPL – What license should I get?

By on 20/09/2020

There are cool little two seater aircraft in Europe called Ultralights. If your only intention is to fly them within Europe then save yourself some money and get a LAPL license. If you have poor health and don’t think you will pass a Class 2 medical then consider obtaining a LAPL licence. For all other […]

Differences in EASA and the FAA approach to Recreational Flying

By on 19/09/2020

EASA and the FAA have taken a different approach to managing Recreational Aircraft within General Aviation. Traditionally, both regulators have tried to keep their regulation well aligned for the purpose of easy international transit as laid out in the Chicago Convention of 1944. It was recognised however that Recreational Aircraft usually operate nationally and hence […]

The Best 2 Seater Bush planes

By on 17/09/2020

If you like flying low and slow it doesn’t get much better than a bush plane. Short take-off and landing (STOL) performance opens up a lot of possibilities to visit back strips and experience places that are not always so accessible. Most of the 2 Seater Bush Plane options available are either Ultralights (if commercially […]