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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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

Follow broadcaster Grant Francis as he learns how to fly with GoFly in Old Sarum, just outside Salisbury, Wiltshire. In this lesson we look at “PFL” or the “Practice Forced Landing” an essential emergency procedure. If you would like to find out more about becoming a pilot yourself, go to www.goflyuk.com and follow the team […]

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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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Human Performance…

I am of course talking about the exam here and not the limitations of my abilities as a human (of which there are many – I couldn’t run a marathon for example). As you will be aware, in order to gain a EASA PPL, or even an LAPL you’re required to sit 9 exams covering […]

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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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