Irv Lee (Irvin Lee) Mentoring the UK Private Pilot and South African PPL

Irv Lee - Higherplane Aviation Training ltd - Radio Training

Mentoring the Private Pilot flying in the UK, Licence and Radio Testing, Renewals & Validations, PPL Masterclasses, Radio Training & Testing, South African Vacation & Licensing advice, Consultancy and much more besides . . . . .

Last Update of this page: June 9th, 2022 but subpages may be updated more than this one!
Note: For radio practical test candidates, I am still be using the 'old' FRTOL practical test. I will be forced to move over to the new process, requirements, and test sometime to be announced in 2H2022. I suspect test prices everywhere may rise later this year due to new costs FRTOL examiners.
Next Zoom Radio Course (includes UK Airspace and live moving map demo of radio during a navex).
Next course likely to be in the first 2 weeks of July. Please email in with your interest and help pick the actual date/times. It will either be 3 separate 90 minute sessions on one day, or 4 separate sessions of just over an hour over 2 days. Contact details at bottom of page.
(Ps: Hot off the press - the new Pre-Preflight Checklist, Version 6 (post EASA) - see tab on the left.)

UK Pilot Radio Training - NEW: NOW ONLINE

The presenter, Irv Lee, CAA flight examiner and Instructor, and FRTOL (Radio Licence) examiner, available at any airfield/airstrip by invitation in normal times, is now taking a very successful radio course for pilots online.

This live-presenter Radio Class (now Zoom-based) is aimed at providing a very reasonably priced and relatively enjoyable route for pilots, student or otherwise, to the UK radio licence. It has now gone online due to the Covid-19 issues on meeting up. Next Class dates/times, see brown-box at top of page, 4 x one-hour-ish lessons (or 3x 90 minutes) on Zoom, please contact me for more details and be included in voting for dates/times on future courses, there is absolutely no obligation to actually sign up.
The Zoom sessions have the same content as the classroom course that has made the radio licence tests easy for many students over a decade. The course, updated to the latest release of the official CAP413, takes 4 separate online sessions, each lasting approximately an hour suitably spaced for a break, (lunch, coffee, walk, etc). So far, the 4 sessions making up the course have been held split over 2 days. NOTE: The dates/times are to suit those who have registered, and only appear here AFTER they have agreed - there is no commitment, so why not register?
At the end of the final session, there is a live moving map demo of a cross country's sequence of calls, typical of those needed to pass the practical test, and including controlled airspace and MATZ crossings, VDF and emergencies. A reportedly-invaluable extra is (included in the cost) individual support for previous attendees just prior to their practical test, even if that is months later with another examiner elsewhere in the country.

Comments from previous, attendees including PPL students, qualified PPLs wanting to improve, an SA PPL converting, and FAA PPLs needing to convert to UK licences now. "Really Good", "very helpful, has allowed me to put together a lot of my puzzle pieces" "Perfect length of lesson","Came across well polished... great to cover the syllabus", "(The content) worked really well for me as a beginner", " I really enjoyed the sessions today. Very good content", "Thoroughly enjoyed it, the context that you gave and demo at the end broadened the subject matter", "5 star, material spot-on, explanantion facilited understanding.. in addition to students, benefit of any non-UK trained pilot intending to fly in England", "Perfect length for me, I really like the way you split it into one hour slots", "...such an informative weekend", "... dropped in some real nuggets to add context to a lot of the 'by rote' calls I've been making", "pleasantly surprised at not only the content but the simple and practical way Irv explains things and what to look out for when listening - not only to ATC but other pilots and how certain phrases can be misconstrued!!","as an FAA pilot it was a great way to get to know the .... world of UK radio comms"... plus various exclamations live when something that had been confusing students during actual flights suddenly "clicked"!

What has now been discovered by running it, is that the course is perfect for the ICAO licence holder (eg: FAA PPL) needing sufficient UK radio and airspace knowledge to have their UK validation application signed off by a UK examiner. (CAA Form SRG2140 for FAA pilots to fly Part21 aircraft here.)

Developed because grass roots student pilots were complaining that the standard tomes assume a lot of pre knowledge about flying, for a decade this course has been both successful for, and enjoyed by, students and qualified pilots who somehow forgot to add a radio licence to their NPPLs but now think it is time to get legal. It would also be useful to any pilot without a background of flying in the UK. There is some pre-reading so that some of the boring bits (eg: how to pronounce letters and numbers) can be studied outside the course rather than slow it. There is no need to learn it before the course, just better to read it. The course will be suitable for a student who has just had a couple of flying lessons, students well into their flying courses, foreign pilots now based in the UK and converting, but also, passenger-partners have attended so that they can gain a radio licence to take the workload off their pilot-partner.

The course overs not only the syntax of a wide range of the radio calls that a pilot needs to gain a radio licence in the UK, and it has been remarkably succesful in doing that, but also making sure attendees understand the context and perhaps reason behind the call being what it is. There are tips in order to remember the format and order of the longer ones, and 'how to pass the tests'. The course does include a demo by the presenter of the calls in a short moving map navex including controlled airspace departures, MATZ and ATZ crossings, not mention emergencies and VDF use, typical, but not a copy of the content of a radio practical test (similar to that published by the CAA in their safety leaflets). The aim is to help pilots/students become confident on the radio, take the fear out of exams but not "teach to exams", understand things that they might not personally use but overhear, not be at all afraid to divert into a controlled field in deteriorating weather if it is the safest choice, etc. Remember a radio licence, known as a FRTOL, Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence is mandatory for private pilots with any UK issued flying licence using the radio, with the exception of balloonists in certain circumstances. Microlight student pilots are often misled by being told 'microlight pilots don't need a radio licence' which is simply not true, as they will find out if ever involved in an incident or ramp check. (It is true students don't need a FRTOL, and they don't need one for application for an NPPL issue, but they do need a radio licence to legally use the radio once the NPPL is issued)

There is no compulsion to use the presenter for the actual tests, but these are available at an approved location in South East Hampshire if required. However, where-ever you take the test, very valuable pre-test individual support is provided for those who have attended a course, not matter how long the gap between course and test.

The whole online course (four hours, but also includes an invaluable personal coaching session just prior to practical test) is offered at £75 (a bargain price) per attendee which is great value - the course includes free individual support pre-test! Places will be limited to ensure the first offerings work as smoothly as possible. To enquire about the course, help fix the dates, or book it, please email my seminar registation address, which is HPATREGISTER and is on HOTMAIL.COM - or you can contact me via the means on the card below.

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