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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Getting to know… Ryan Mancey

Welcome to another podcast in the “Getting to know…” series from Grant Francis and GoFly.¬†Find out more about flying and my own path to the PPL at www.flyinglessons.tv Today we meet a man who has the air in his blood. He’s the GoSkydive chief instructor,¬† a father, husband and more importantly (as he would say […]

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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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Getting to know… Squadron Leader John Sharpe

Welcome to another episode in the “Getting to know….” series from Grant Francis and Go Fly. Squadron Leader John Sharp is a well known face at Old Sarum. He is the curator, director and driving force behind the amazing Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. Hidden behind the doors of what looks like a small portacabin, is […]

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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

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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