September 23, 2023

Pilot Profile: Gabriel Ng – Gaining An RPL

From early on, Gabriel Ng had his sights set on a career in aviation. Flying was always on his mind growing up in Singapore, a global aviation powerhouse. Now 21 years old, Gabriel is the proud owner of a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) and is enthusiastically studying Aeronautical Engineering with visions of attaining a cadetship back home to continue his journey in the world of aviation.

Beginning the RPL Journey

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Gabriel initially embarked on his flying journey with a few lessons in Singapore, however, the cost factor led him to explore more economical options. That’s when he discovered that Australia could provide the learning experience he was seeking at an affordable level. He began searching for providers and stumbled upon Learn To Fly. The rest, as they say, is history.

With a strong desire to kickstart my aviation career early on, Gabriel aimed to secure his pilot’s license as soon as possible, even though he was still quite young and a fair distance away from being eligible for his country’s cadetship program. Despite this, he wanted to test his abilities by attempting to obtain a pilot’s licence in a remarkably short span of 3-4 months.

Venturing Abroad

Gabriel travelled to Melbourne to begin his Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) flight training, forming a strong bond with his fellow students, instructors and Learn To Fly staff. “It felt like a close-knit family,” he said, reminiscing on his time in Melbourne. He worked hard on his studies, quickly progressing with both theory and practical skills.

All his hard work came to a head when Gabriel completed his first solo on March 23, 2023 at 7:03pm. He remembers the time exactly. “The sky still retained its brightness.” he said “Flying alone for the first time left an indelible mark, making it a truly unforgettable and cherished experience.”

Despite his resounding success at acquiring his RPL, Gabriel was not without challenges along the way. He found that undertaking a solo flight was quite anxiety-inducing, due to the need to successfully complete a meticulous check ride before gaining approval for it. Meeting the rigorous standards becomes crucial for progress, and it was disheartening for him to not meet the solo check ride criteria, leading to missed opportunities for a solo flight, particularly when weather conditions are optimal. He also found Melbourne’s persistently unfavourable weather, characterized by unending low ceiling clouds and rain, a challenge to deal with. Victorian pilots will likely know the feeling of being ready for a flight and being let down by the weather. Gabriel persisted nonetheless, keen to obtain his RPL in a short time.

Future Plans

Currently back in Singapore and serving in the Singapore Army, Gabriel is planning his return to Melbourne in May 2025 to undertake his Private Pilot Licence (PPL) with Learn To Fly. He’s excited to get into the cockpit of our Diamond DA40, and to propel his already budding aviation career even further!

What Else Should I Know?

We hope this helps you answer some FAQs about aviation medical examinations in Australia!

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