Runway 23 Virginia Airport.. our flight school home base. 23 designates the magnetic compass direction (230 deg ie south west) or heading that you would land or take-off in when the wind is blowing from the south/south-west.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Our PPL student Brandon took these great shots of the Bluff, Harbour and City whilst doing his pilot's licence conversion from NPL to PPL this week. Brandons holds an NPL light sport aircraft (LSA) licence and Durban Skyye Flight School offers a conversion to a PPL licence which requires an additional 10 hours of dual training and 5 hours of solo training to qualify. If one has not done the PPL exams at the start, these also need to be passed, which Brandon is in the process of finishing now.
|Scattered lower clouds, a partly cloudy skyye and clear visibility made perfect flying conditions|
|Meet our student Brandon who is working for us part-time at our kiosk at Virginia Airport over the school holidays, whilst escaping from time to time for some fun in the skyye.|
|Nice photo of the Bluff with the city, beachfront and Stadium in the background|
|Rounding the harbour entrance - a compulsory reporting point before arriving at Virginia Airport - Brandon took this great shot of the Bluff, harbour and blue waters of the Indian Ocean that sweeps past Durban.|
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Not every day is a perfect as this but yesterday was a beaut with clear skyyes and some superb photo opportunities as our Chief Flying Instructor Brad and Instructor Kyle headed out along the coast showing some budding pilots what it looks like from 500 ft along the beachfront. Bookings - click on the online booking tab above, or phone Brad 082 820 4840 / Dave 083 7033329.
|The Umhlanga beachfront and clear waters|
|I wanna be a pilot!!|
|Up and away|
|Soaring over the Umhlanga beachfont|
Monday, December 8, 2014
Whale watching is best from our microlights, 500 ft up in the skyye off Durban. Our Instructors Brad, Kyle and their passengers were lucky to spot this whale share this week. Even the lifeguards paddled out to get a better look.
David Tilling of Durban was treated to a 50th Birthday flight in our Sling FYA and to his surprise on landing his family and friends had secretly arrived to join him for a birthday welcome. Happy Birthday David, glad you enjoyed the flight and surprise.
It's a big step for a student to see his flight instructor get out the airplane and take the plane up into the sky by himeself for the first time. Here our student Rupert has just achieved that. We are very proud of you Rupert and wish you many happy hours in the skyye.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Durban Skyye welcomes our first PPL student since obtaining the additional approval from the SA Civil Aviation Authority to offer Private Pilot Licencing (PPL) in additional to the National Pilot Licence (NPL) presently offered by the Flight School. Llewellyn had commenced his training last year and has finished most of his exams and he will now complete his PPL licence with Durban Skyye. We also welcomed our new part-time PPL Instructor Justin who will be flying with some of our students.
|Justin welcomes PPL student Llew who is also a part-owner of the Sling aircraft ZDL in which he will complete his training|
|Llewellyn signs up as Durban Skyye's first PPL student|
|Carrying out the pre-flight inspection of our Sling aircraft ZDL|
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Having fun at Virginia Airport - all in a day's work..
|Brad taking a prospective student for an Intro flight in our Flight School Sling FYA|
|Val enjoying her second lesson with Instructor Brad|
|My other plane...|
|Cassidy in the skyye with Brad on her 21st Birthday|
|Superb meals are available most times of the day at Head Office, the restaurant upstairs from our office in the main Concourse of Virginia Airport|
|Dave is CEO of the Flight Schools - PPL and NPL and an NPL flight instructor|
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Our sister company, Durban Skyye Pilot Training (Pty) Ltd, has been granted authority by the SA Civil Aviation Authority to offer PPL (Private Pilot Licence) training in addition to the NPL licence presently offered by the Flight School.
This means we now cater for the recreational pilot who prefers to fly light sport aeroplanes or microlights as well as those intent on a career in aviation who need to obtain their PPL en route to their Commerical Pilot's or Airline Transport Pilot's licence.
There are still many advantages of first obtaining your NPL licence - it's cheaper, can be obtained in a minimum of 35 hours of flight experience (45 for PPL) and the exams are less hectic. Once you obtain an NPL licence you can also upgrade easily to a PPL licence by doing the extra hours as long as you also have the PPL exams under your belt. This is the way I did it, writing the PPL exams instead of the NPL exams first time around. The NPL licence got me into the air on my own quicker and with the NPL licence you can also take passengers and have some fun in the skyye with them.
Either way, we now offer both licences as an option and we do so in a relaxed, friendly environment, enjoying our time as Instructors and Students.
Durban Skyye are the only flight school approved for both NPL and PPL licencing at Virginia Airport, and possibly KZN, so come on down and start your training with us.
It's the way to go.. and The Sky's No Limit ! (Aviation Training Organisation ATO CAA / 0262)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
My student Bob had his second lesson today and has progressed well in learning to handle the plane at this early stage of his pilot training.
|Instructor Dave (left) with Bob at the flight controls of our flight school Sling FYA|
|The old Durban International Airport which has become a Toyato new car parking lot as seen from 1000 ft seawards abeam the Bluff|
|Durban harbour and the city as we return via the Bluff to Virginia Airport|
|Bob concentrates on keeping a constant airspeed and altitude in gusty wind conditions|
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Starting out your training for a Pilot's licence, you will need to know about the 3 axes and the plane's centre of gravity about which it moves, either pitching, rolling or yawing.
This requires also an understanding of the flight controls that will enable you to pitch, roll, yaw and control the plane in flight. These flight controls - ailerons, rudder and elevator - have primary and secondary effects and the article linked here explains this in more detail. It's essential to your understanding of flight and what keeps the aircraft's flight controllable.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Durban Skyye student Theuns gets involved in the admin part of flying aeroplanes.. refuelling. Our Sling aircraft run on 95-unleaded car petrol so this keeps the costs of fuel lower, compared to the expensive Avgas used by the airplanes of yesteryear built with older technology. The fuel economy is also excellent and the 75l fuel tank can get you to Johannesburg from Durban with 15l spare.
|Theuns is trying not to underestimate the force..|
|Clouds swirl over an uncertain skyye as we find our path back to the airport after some exercises in the Virginia General Flying area inland of Amanzimtoti|