Getting to know… Ben Makin

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 one of the youngest team members, Ben Makin, who began his flying career only a few years ago, having won a scholarship with the RAF.  

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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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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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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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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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