Back again in Lititz, PA
This time the intention was to add fixed wing ratings (already on JAA) to our FAA Rotary PPL.
Dee contacted the flight school at KLNS (Lancaster) and explained what we needed to do.
For singles (SEL), 3 hrs within 60 days prior to checkride
For twin (MEL), similar, but Dee would have to also cover engine failure and asymetric approach
by reference to instruments only in order to lift his FAA VFR restriction on MEL.
For both, the PTS (Practical Test Standards) provide a matrix for add-on ratings, so there are elements
which if covered before (like NAV) are then not required as part of the Oral or Practical tests.
All set, we booked our flights, accom, etc.
On arrival, we were each given an instructor and at the end of the first day,
Dee took and passed his SEL checkride.
However, the normal jubilation did not ensue as we then encountered issues with the flight school,
which led to the monkeys terminating the 'training' after just a day with this flight school.
As always, despite this annoyance, we decided to make the best of it,
have a holiday and do some chopper flying with our friends at Dutch Country Helicopters.
Hugo get's the Brantly out
Brantly awaiting Jim and Randy
In the hover with oleos at full extension
Learjet LR31 in Venture Jets Hangar when we popped over to file flight plans
Leaving BBQ for Jim
Lori, Rob, Darren, Anne and Dee enjoying a beverage
In the Lounge at Venture Jets
A short wait, then onboard and bound for MIA (Miami)
After a performance take-off by Terry and climb to FL45, Victor started the flight intruction
Rob and Paul climbed in with Ease.
Victor had arranged a 'Block' from FL45 to FL47 to allow us to hand fly the LR31.
At 430 Kts, quite a challenge!
Not as challenging as Dee getting in to the left seat! Terry had a bet on it, but Dee was determined
'Aero Simians' relaxing in the back of the Learjet.
After a scheduled flight from MIA to PHL, Darren (and Lori) picked us up from PHL
Darren and Dee enjoying Adam's mid-day BBQ
Darren and Paul take to the skies in the Bell 47
Darren receives Flying Monkey Gold Seal of approval
Rob swaps Darren for Dee
In the Hover, then off to McGuiness...
Scooters on Thursday Night with the DCH gang.
Things don't always go to plan and folk often don't appreciate the committment made and required
(on both sides) when you undertake flying overseas.
Our sincerest thanks to Terry, Hugo, Jim, Darren and Lane at DCH for looking after us
and helping us 'pick the bones' out of this trip.
Our sincere thanks also to Terry and Victor at Venture Jets for the LR31 experience,
which was priceless and well worth the lack of sleep