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Old 31.01.2013, 17:35
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

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... I checked the websites but all in german.
If you're having trouble with the German, use Google Translate. You can paste the URL into the left box, choose the languages from and to, and presto! It translate the whole site except for any text that is just an image. It's not perfect, but should get you far enough to find out what you want. Also saves you from copying/pasting text from one page to the other. HTH
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Old 31.01.2013, 17:43
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

Google Translate also translates documents ( word, PDF and so on ).

Google Chrome's auto translate feature is also helpful.
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

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to the OP...

check out this thread, it has quite a bit on the cost of getting your license. Many of us train in the US because it is cheaper to fly commercial there and train there.

Getting Your PPL in CH? [Private Pilots License]




If they have an instrument rating, radio license, instrument rating, or commercial rating, they have to be english proficient. (the theory exams are in english) If they don't have those ratings, they CANNOT be a certified flight instructor. If they don't speak english, they are very limited in where and what they can fly.

if the flight school has an instructor, they will have someone english proficient.
There's absolutely no legal requirement to pass the exam in English for the IR, radio license or indeed CPL. As a matter of fact, one could do the IR in Spanish, CPL in French (or viceversa) and come instruct in Switzerland with ICAO Level 4 German proficiency while speaking zero English.

Does English take you further? Yes. Is it a legal obligation? No.
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Old 31.01.2013, 19:53
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

Thanks guys. I saw in a much older thread that this could cost around 300chf and thought maybe much more expensive now. I guess if its not much more than that then i can now start the painful translating of the websites. If it costs much more then id have to wait til my husband turns 40 too.
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

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There's absolutely no legal requirement to pass the exam in English for the IR, radio license or indeed CPL. As a matter of fact, one could do the IR in Spanish, CPL in French (or viceversa) and come instruct in Switzerland with ICAO Level 4 German proficiency while speaking zero English.

Does English take you further? Yes. Is it a legal obligation? No.
By international agreement, (ICAO) all communications with air traffic control take place in English. Feel free to correct me if things are different in CH, but as far as I know, this is worldwide. There has to be some sort of consistency so that as a pilot you don't have to know how to communicate clearances and stuff in every language in the world. It's the same reason flight plans and weather reports are always given in GMT instead of whatever local time zone you happen to be in.

If you are a non-english speaker, you would be limited to flying only to and from non towered airports and airspace where radio communication isn't required. The same restriction applies to deaf pilots.

To the OP. Glad you had fun!
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Re: Trial Flying lessons - partner's 40th Birthday present

ok, here is the reg for english.

All pilots operating on international routes and all air traffic controllers who communicate with foreign pilots need to have their English language proficiency formally assessed. The ICAO language proficiency requirement requires that pilots and air traffic controllers be able to communicate proficiently using both ICAO phraseology (ICAO Doc. 9832) and plain English (ICAO Doc. 9835).
ICAO has established six levels of language proficiency:

Don't know how you would get an IR clearance without speaking english.
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