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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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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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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Week of Firsts…

This week has been an eventful one. I have, as you will have read been (for want of a better phrase) “bricking it” over the exams required to pass the PPL course. It would seem however that I have been worrying for no reason, I took “Air Law” yesterday and, it was not as difficult […]

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Stalling, A healthy outcome

There is a misconception around the term stalling. It’s often imagined by “noflys” (a name I’m coining to describe those who either can’t fly, or have not yet begun their pilot training) to be a dramatic and dangerous occurrence, accompanied by an increasing whirring note as the aircraft plummets to the ground and for its […]

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Stage fright take off…

If you have ever been on stage, you’ll understand the feeling of stage fright, the way nerves grip your insides, how everything squirms, your heart pounds, your breath becomes shallow and you feel like you just want to close your eyes and run. You look out towards the audience from the wings and you know […]

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