I am currently taking lessons in a Jabiru microlight (manly because there is a small airfield just down the road which makes things a great deal easier! I have recently retired from work and now wish to get back into some serious time consuming aviation which I have missed.I would really appreciate any help you can offer re the three questions above which will all come into play in the near future (and with which I am totally confused!)Depending on the advice I receive, and in trying to establish the best route back in to aviation, it may have an immediate impact upon my current training.My FRTOL is valid for 10 years so presumably yours will have expired too.The requirements are hidden in CAP 804 ([Deep breath] Section 7, Part B (Schedule 7) Part C, Section 2, Paragraph 9-(1)(c)).Renewing an expired licence (single-engined/single pilot aeroplane) seems to require meeting FCL.740.A of Part-FCL (type rating) and Appendix 9 to Part–FCL (skills test).
What confuses me and what I would like help with is:1/ Will I then be the proud owner of a PPL(M) or a NPPL(M) licence, or do I have a choice? )2/ Will I then be licensed to fly only microlight aircraft (up to MTOW 450kg)?I believe this effectively means you'll have to undertake training to ensure you can pass the skills test, pass it and pay to have your licence reissued.(Not forgetting the medical.) You will end-up with a part-FCL PPL (which do not expire).He is an experienced King Air captain and has ferried aircraft trans-Atlantic and round the world. An LPC or instrument check ride should be a learning and rewarding experience that maintains and enhances your skills.Some experienced pilots will appreciate that these check rides are often a check list of exercises and not a worthwhile or learning activity – Brian focuses on developing skills based on previous experience.
I'm not sure about having to retake the FRTOL tests, I think you may just have to re-sit the theory (PPL comms), fill out a form and pay but the answer is probably in CAP 804 somewhere!