The runway lights mark out a black rectangle in red, a piece of the night.
Once you have a PPL, it is possible to go further afield and discover new kinds of flying. Flying at night, in the clouds or overseas, there is something to suit everyone.
Flying other aircraft
If you have learned to fly F-GMKG or F-GZYA, you might want to take a flight in F-HBAV with its automatic pilot, or F-GDIH with latest generation avionics. You will need to familiarise yourself with the different characteristics of the aircraft you want to fly, by having some hours of ground instruction and then in the air. An instructor will then be able to authorise you to fly that aircraft solo so that you can fly it on your own.
It is also possible to obtain the authorisation to fly solo in the TB-20, shared with the Aeroclub de Limoges. That will give you the competence to handle a retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propellor.
Flying at Night
Flying at night is a totally different kind of flying which lets you rediscover the countryside. It looks so different seen from the air at night . At the Aéroclub de Limoges everything is there for you : the instructors are qualified to train you in night flying and the aeroport has all the equipment and services you will need.
Competence in English
France looks magnificent seen from the sky, but other countries are no less so. To fly overseas it is strongly resommended that you obtain the language competence described in PART-FCL.055. It is the eky to flying anywhere in the world.
There are several levels of competence in increasing difficulty:
- level 4 is valid for 4 years
- level 5 is valid for 6 years
- level 6 is valid for life
If you don’t have experience of strong sensations, you can also get introduced to aerobatics with our neighbours.
Gliding – Flying a Sailplane
If you’d to fly quietly, like a bird, in the Limoges skies, vou can discover glider flying at the gliding club, ALSA.
Flying on Instruments (IFR)
Instrument flying or (Instrument Flight Rules) is a kind of flying which allows you to pilot the aircraft only using the flight instruments to control and direct the aircraft, without any external visual reference. In particular this permits you to fly when the the visibility is poor, in bad weather, or in cloud. We refer to these conditions as Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) as opposed to flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) under Visual Meterological Conditions (VMC).
You can only fly under VMC conditions if you have just an LAPL or PPL. In order to fly in IMC, pilots with a PPL or LAPL must train for and obtain the Instrument Rating (IR). Most commercial flying takes place under IFR.
The big advantage of the IR is that it allows you to fly in bad weather!!
Our aeroclub offers several IFR trainings. For more information, please read the dedicated page.