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Follow along as one of our students works through her Private Pilot’s Licence from beginning to end. The blogs provide the ideal insight into our training process and lets you know what to expect if you’re considering becoming an aviator too!
Gaining your Private Pilot Licence is usually your first step when it comes to pursuing a life in aviation. Whether that be for the pure joy of flying and being able to travel to see family and friends in your own plane and avoiding the commercial jets. Or because you seek a career in aviation as a commercial pilot. Whatever the reason, gaining your PPL is a good place to start.
The moment you first arrive into Kelowna, the surrounding environment is immediately confronting. Kelowna is a city nestled amongst the mountains of the Okanagan Valley on the shores of a beautiful, vast lake, making Kelowna International Airport (CYLW) one of the best places for you to invest in your flying potential.
I tentatively requested a floatplane lesson one day and the Chief Pilot took me up, showing me the ropes of float flying. Whether it was the fact that this flight was a brief escape from my focused learning of the landplane allowing me to loosen up for some fun or that flying floatplanes is ridiculously fun I don’t know. Perhaps a combination of the two. But I was hooked!
It was a cool spring day when I was invited along to experience the South Okanagan & High Country tour with Richard, owner of Air Hart. I had arrived early at the downtown docks because I was quite simply too excited to even think about or do anything else other than go for this flight.
Having just spent two flights working on spins and spiral dives I hope to convey how that feels into words. Unreal, exhilarating and exhausting would be my choice! The adrenaline rush was thrilling and it makes me so excited to one day complete my aerobatics licence!
It was months ago when I realised that this flying goal of mine was actually achievable and I applied and got accepted at the Air-Hart flight school out here in British Columbia. Ever since I received confirmation of my acceptance into the school I have been overwhelmed with excitement and the possibility of finally gaining my pilot’s licence!