Planes, boats and… Cowes?

On my first day of flying I was taught something profound. “If it flys of floats, rent it” – and so I have spent the last couple of weeks away from flying (well almost) and have instead traded wings for the water. Cowes week is the oldest and one of the largest yachting regattas in […]

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Don’t mock me…

In less than 24 hours I will be undertaking my first, and hopefully only Mock test with Steve and I have to say its just as daunting as the real thing. I have never been one for tests or exams as you will have come to realise through reading this blog, I do not like […]

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9 down none to go…

As you will by now have realised, I am not the most academic oriented people. I find book learning tedious and frustrating, especially when it comes to subjects that are more theoretical. I am much more responsive to such subjects where I can get my hands on them, or at least visualise the process in […]

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Perfect day for a picnic

Yesterday I completed, at last, my Qualifying Cross Country, or QXC. I left Old Sarum around 12:45, in time to arrive in Goodwood for lunch… which was excellent news. The weather could not have been better, the sky was azure blue the breeze was light and the temperature decidedly tropical. Ok sweaty would be a […]

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Grounded but beneficial

I was supposed to do my QXC or Qualifying Cross Country on Friday, but because the Air Speed Indicator was under-reading, it was decided that the aircraft was unfit for the flight. I should explain that there is a dangerous way and an inconvenient way for the ASI to read, thankfully it was just the […]

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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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