Colonel Sanders wrote:
An older student, whom has difficulty with hand-eye
co-ordination and doesn't understand the physics and
mechanics of motorized equipment, that flies once
a month and doesn't do the reading you assign him ...
well, 100 hours to PPL isn't that surprising.
Thank you for acknowledging this. The training enviornment also has a lot to do with this. While I'd like to take credit for having an average to completion time of close to 45 hours for my school's students, the simple fact of operating out of a quiet uncontrolled aerodrome has a lot to do with it as well. I would figure that it shaves off at least .2 flight time per lesson that students do at larger, busier aerodromes, if not more. Over the course of a license I figure that accounts for around 9 hours of time saved alone.
It should also be noted that some unusual outliers have a notable effect on the hours to completion process. Remember that statistically no one can complete in less than the time required (45) so that everyone iseither the standard or greater. I know there are some unusual "outliers" who weight the average to the high end. For example I know of one fellow who's been a "student" for longer than I've been instructing. He bragged to me a while back that he's had to be issued 5 SPPs since he's timed them all out, and was asking me about getting his sixth. His logbook contains over 500 hours, and those were only what he remebered to log, The story is that he's somewhat terrified of a flight test, so whenever someone tries to get him to do it he disappears or switches instructors. Either way, should he ever complete and get dumped into that pool of PPL holders he's going to bring up the average by about 4.5 hours by himself. The thing is though, I don't think he's alone. I got a whole room full of archived PTRs and logbooks waiting to be reclaimed and people to start again - every year someone does - just waiting to bump up the average.