Thing to consider when choosing where to build flying hours

When deciding where to build your flying hours, there are many factors to think about beforehand. Equally, if you are picking a flight school these are also things you could ask them about the practical side of their course.  

Varying factors can make practicing more challenging, which might be what you’re looking for. Other elements can mean that hour building may take up a shorter period of time, if you’re in more of a hurry. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when hour building: 

Weather is quite a general term, there are many changeable factors that can affect hour building and flight practice for better and for worse. Unsettled weather conditions in the UK and Ireland, for example, may mean that some days are easier to practice than others and you’ll need a reliable forecast. Training hours can be disrupted and delayed by bad weather.  

Warmer and more settled weather in other parts of Europe and the US can make hour building and flight practice easier and less likely to be postponed. This means that hours can be completed more quickly. 

Depending on what methods of hour building you choose, cost can also vary. If you choose to join local flying clubs, there could be annual fees that can differ between societies.   

Buying aircraft, taking extra courses and even moving abroad all incur differing costs. It’s up to you to work out your budget, if you have anything left over and if you can afford to explore more options. 

Don’t forget that modular training allows for payments to be more spread out and also allows time to continue employment at the same time as training. This could be an option open to you if you think it will make financing easier. 

If you’re considering buying, sharing or borrowing an aircraft in order to build hours, you’ll have to consider how much maintenance is going to hinder your potential flying time as well as how much it’s going to cost.  

Weigh up the inconvenience or cost with any other options. It may be that it is actually worth the effort or risk for your circumstances. 

This is something to check out with flight schools or clubs before deciding if the environment is right for you. If flying areas are near large airports or busy airspace your practice will need to be considerate of that and may be controlled.  

Having said that, it’s not necessarily a bad thing – it will give a more realistic encounter of being a full-time pilot and will be good experience to have. The busier flight paths will provide positive challenges to aid both practical and theory testing. 
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