16 mile right of passage

There are a number of “key moments” when you’re learning how to fly an aircraft, like the first time you take off, or the first time you land without assistance from your instructor. Following this there’s your first solo circuit and then it’s your first solo navigation… which is a biggie. It’s the first time […]

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One way, or another, I’m gonna divert…

Todays earworm comes from a hybrid of Blondie and my most recent lesson. If you’re unfamiliar with the expression “earworm”, it’s the annoying phenomena where you have a song, tune or even spoken phrase stuck in your head… “so One way, or another, I’m gonna divert, I’m gonna divert, divert, divert, divert, diiiveeeeerrrrt” is the […]

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A stark reminder…

I am a new member to the flying community, a community to which I am proud and privileged to now belong. Like any hobby or sport, those who belong, or share an interest become close, an unseen bond brings the individuals together as a like-minded group and the world of aviation that once seemed vast, […]

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45’s and spiral dives… heres to up-chucking.

Ginger apparently is a great stomach settler and if you’re one of those unlucky people that struggles with the stomach churning effect you get when you’re on a rollercoaster, going over a hump back bridge or while flying, it’s probably wise to keep some handy. If you’re learning to fly though, you’ll be pleased to […]

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Addicted and broken…

Addiction noun noun: addiction; plural noun: addictions the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. So thats it then… point me towards that circle of like minded abusers and I will stand before them and utter that phrase synonymous with the affliction… I’m writing this from my bedroom today as […]

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5 down, 4 to go…

Today was again, an arse day for flying. The weather just couldn’t get it’s act together, the TAF’s kept changing further and further into the day and the low pressure just wasn’t pushing the rain, fog, mist, drizzle and general bilge high enough to do anything productive. So when you’re given lemons, make lemonade right? […]

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Finding my way…

The thing with learning to fly is, that no matter how long you think it is going to take you’re probably going to have to double it. Especially if you’re learning in the UK in the middle of winter. Short days and inclement weather join together to make the larger part of most days, unflyable […]

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Practice Forced Landing… in the snow

In my usual line of work, the acronym P.F.L stands for Pre-fade Level, its the action of listening to something in your headphones before you play it on the radio. In aviation however the consequences of getting your PFL wrong are much greater than your listener having their ‘next song surprise’ spoiled. A P.F.L. or […]

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