HOW TO BUILD UP FLIGHT HOURS
If you already have your PPL, it’s now time to build up flight hours, also known as Pilot in Command Hours (PIC). Hour building is an essential part of your pilot training journey, the more PIC hours a pilot logs, the greater the chance of securing a career as a commercial pilot. Here is everything you need to know about how to build up flight hours in Leeds at Yorkshire Aviation Academy.
BUILD UP FLIGHT HOURS WITH A STRUCTURED HOUR BUILDING PACKAGE
Hour building is the process of accumulating the hours you need to start your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Instrument Rating (IR). The term refers to the process of logging flight time and gaining practical experience in the cockpit. Yorkshire Aviation Academy offers fantastic flying opportunities within the UK. You can fly to breath taking locations with stunning views, enhance your flying abilities and expand your aviation experience beyond your local airport. Aviation students keen to accumulate hours for commercial training can enquire today about our structured hour building packages.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HOUR BUILDING
During the hour building process pilots can become more familiar with various aircraft, weather conditions and air traffic control procedures. When hour building, you have the option to fly solo, with an instructor, with another pilot or even a friend. It’s a great opportunity and chance to practice a variety of flight profiles and procedures. Hour building is an important part of the journey if your dream is to become a commercial pilot. To be eligible to commence a commercial pilot licence, you will need at least 150 flight hours.
GUIDE TO HOUR BUILDING
Once you have your PPL, you can obtain a night rating and an instrument rating. If you’re keen to start hour building in Leeds, Yorkshire Aviation Academy can help. By enrolling in a flight school, you can gain valuable experience with a flight instructor. These professionals will provide guidance and mentorship to help you achieve your goals. They help pilots build skills and gain the necessary experience to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence. Our team will guide you through this important stage of developing your experience.
HOW MUCH DOES HOUR BUILDING COST?
Hour building at Yorkshire Aviation Academy is available in packages of 5 – 50 hours. The costs vary, depending on which aircraft you choose to build hours in. You can expect to pay in the region of £1,700 – £2,000 for 10 hours. The price includes all home landing fees and fuel uplifted elsewhere is credited to your rental at the prevailing Leeds East Airport rate. A structured hour building package provides PPL holders the opportunity to test and gain new experiences.
WHAT TYPE OF AIRCRAFT CAN I HOUR BUILD IN?
At Yorkshire Aviation Academy you can build hours in our Cessna 152 or one of our Piper PA 28 Warriors. They all have modern avionics, and our operations staff complete daily cleaning and checks. This ensures the aircraft are well presented and ready to go. The FlightLogger online booking and records system is user-friendly. You can easily reserve an aircraft at the touch of a button, leaving you free to concentrate on your flying and hour building.
MORE TIPS ON HOW TO BUILD FLIGHT HOURS
Here are a few tips to help pilots get the most out of the hour building experience:
Join a flying club or school: Organisations like Yorkshire Aviation Academy provide a great opportunity for pilots to network and gain experience. On occasions, aircraft owners may be happy for a pilot to join them on flights. This is a very cost-effective way to log extra flight hours.
Take advantage of opportunities: Pilots should seize any opportunity to gain additional flight experience. This could include flying with a local charter company, joining aerial photography flights, or volunteering to help move aircraft between different airfields for routine maintenance checks.
With hard work and determination, hour building can help pilots achieve their dreams of becoming professional pilots. If you would like to start hour building at Yorkshire Aviation Academy, please click here.