Newsletter April 2005 News from the Office "If a pilot has a current PPL, getting the NPPL is just a G-RHHT, our Piper Lance, appears again here at Little paper exercise - there's no skills test or exams to pass and Gransden having spent the darker, wetter and colder the process is relatively straightforward once you've made months at Cambridge on a secure concrete base. A sense of the instructions. There's no problem holding an week or so ago the aircraft went off to Le Touquet in sort NPPL at the same time as a PPL, but you can let the PPL of convoy formation with other club aircraft, including lapse without repercussions for the NPPL so long as you G-BOMP, and is now parked at Schipol while the pilot and keep the latter current and have the required medical his passengers enjoy the Royal festivities of Queens day in certification. Amsterdam. Full details of the process are scattered around in LASORS At last the sun is shining and the grass is being trimmed it 2005, the CAA website and at www.nppl.uk.com , but this must be time to dust off those headsets, put new batteries is what worked for me: you need: in the GPS and fly. 1. An application form, downloadable from www.nppl.uk.com for grant of a Single Engine A few more of Colin’s thoughts. Piston aeroplane (SEP) licence (confusingly also referred to as a simple single engine aeroplane - Sitting here in April welcoming the Spring and late SSEA licence, depending where you look. But it's evenings, having watched the snow or rain fall over the the same thing.). It's a daunting document but in Winter I am realising how little flying I have managed over fact very little of it needs filling in if you are basing the last couple of months, February and March. In that your application on a current PPL. time there are an awful lot of people, normally regulars, that I haven’t seen around for a while. Because of this I 2. A certificate of your bona fides from the CFI (it's thought I would just remind those people that you are not part of the application form and Ian charged me allowed to carry passengers unless you have carried out 3 £10 to do the business, as well as to certify the takeoffs and landings in the last 90 days. The rules for re- hours flown in my log book). qualifying are a bit strange. You can go off on your own and do 3 (or as many as you need to make it up to 3) full 3. A photocopy of the pages of your log book stop circuits (remembering club currency rules as well). showing you have enough hours in the last twelve You can go with an instructor and do the 3 circuits (as months to be current, also showing total hours long as the instructor is satisfied). But if you go with a none flown, duly certified as above by the CFI. instructor check pilot you must do as many circuits as required to be competent BUT not log the time, then the 4. A photocopy of your PPL including the check pilot can jump out and you do the 3 circuits on revalidation pages to show it is current. your own, logging P1. 5. A photocopy of your Class 2 medical certificate if Another thing it is probably worth mentioning considering you are relying on that for medical certification. the cold, wet weather we were having is problems with Otherwise the original of an NPPL medical ice. None of the club aircraft are cleared for flight into declaration endorsed by your GP (see website for known icing conditions but ice need not only affect details). wings. If you taxi around in slushy snow you can pick up quite a lot of slush around the wheels - even more if you 6. Photocopies of your radio licence and birth have spats. In excessively cold weather you could be in certificate or passport. freezing air as soon as you lift off. What happens to the slush on the wheels or in the spats? The landing could well I told you it was straightforward! Apart from the be effectively with the brakes on i.e. the wheels will not bureaucracy, that is. Finally, they do want a little over turn on touchdown. It happened to the previous owner of £130 of your money for a licence with lifetime validity, my Pitts. subject to revalidation every two years. The revalidation procedure is a bit easier and cheaper The NPPL qualification than the PPL but I think you've had enough rules and regulations for one newsletter so I'll spare you the John Hudson, one of our members, decided last year to details. But one last thing - the NPPL web site has a get an NPPL in addition to his PPL when he had a health couple of email addresses to write to with any problem which threatened his Class 2 medical unresolved queries, and I found the people there very certification. He writes here about his experience in helpful.” obtaining the NPPL.