Some of our most frequently asked questions
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Q. Do I have to takes the
JAR exam with you?
No you can take the exam later on with your flying school.
Q. Are these exams valid every
Yes they are valid for the CAA JAR PPL / NPPL (A) license.
Q. Is it possible for me to
use any of your courses as an introduction towards my ground school
before I commence my flight training?
Yes, as long as you inform us well in advance of starting a day
course, we can then introduce you to each individual subject in
such a way as to enable you to have further study of that subject
at your own pace.
Q. How long are the exams
From the date of passing the last written exam, they are valid for
24 months. You must however have a license issued within that 24
Q. How much time do I have
to pass all of these the exams?
From the date of passing the first written exam, you are then allowed
18 months in which to pass all of the other exams.
Q. Do I require a medical
to take any written exams?
No, but we suggest that anyone contemplating starting ground or
flight training should undertake a medical before any major expenditure
is incurred. Also you would not be able to fly solo until you are
in possession of a current medical. You will also find that the
number of your medical becomes your CAA reference number!
Q. Do I have to take
the exams in any particular order?
No you can take them in any order that you wish. Most schools do
however require you to have passed air law before they allow you
to fly solo. Many schools also require you to have passed navigation
before allowing you to undertake solo cross country exercises.
Q. Do I Have to be really
good at mathematics?
No, most people worry that it has been a long time since they were
at school. We will help you through all the exams, if you can learn
the highway code for your driving test you can (with some hard work)
pass all of the written exam papers.
Q. How many people could there
be on a course?
We try to keep numbers small, usually just up to four students (only
three for the radio practical course). This makes the training more
manageable. This is on a first come first served basis.
Q. Do I need to have done
any study before attending one of your courses?
No, we can use this as an introduction to each subject. This will
allow you to grasp a deep understanding from the very beginning
of your training. We would however like to point out that any study
undertaken prior to commencement of a course, will be invaluable
to you. Just reading through the Trevor Thom or Jeremy Pratt books
a few times is far more beneficial than anybody could ever realize.
In the case of radio for example, just reading through the CAP 413
a few times would enable us to cover the full syllabus and take
the written exam well within a day. Don't worry if you do not understand
much of what you read, we can then sort out and make sense of all
that disparate (and at times turgid) information that has been absorbed
by you. This in return will make any course far easier and enjoyable
for us all.
Q. If I need to stay overnight
is there anywhere available close at hand?
Yes, we can recommend two farmhouses which offer bed and breakfast
in the village and a Pub with great views and good food that is
only just over a mile away.
Q. Are there any hidden extras
that we have to pay for on your courses?
No, everything is included in the cost of a course. Tea, Coffee,
Soft drinks and on a full day course a buffet lunch are all provided
free of charge. Please note that if you do decide to take the JAR
exam at the end of your course there is no charge for that either.
Q. Ok, how much does all of
SWS charge £20.00 per hr for ground school
The cost of a full day's ground school is £105
The cost of a morning or afternoon half day course is £50
Q. How long is a day/half
A full day starts at 09:00 hrs till your brain cannot take anymore
information! i.e. a long hard day.
A half day starts at 09:00 hrs till 13:30 hrs or 14:00 hrs till
Note you would be required to check in up to 30 minutes prior to
your first attendance.
Q. How good are you at training
That's a very good question! We cannot promise to be the best but
we do promise to try to be the best!
Q. Can we contact you for
free help and advice?
Just go to our contact page on this web
site. Remember we all had to start somewhere.
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