Cambridge on a balmy summer afternoon

The Arrow is back! I’d  planned a flight this afternoon, but learnt that the Arrow had completed its flight check the day before after repairs which had it out of action for almost two months. My 60 day currency before I needed a flight check with an instructor was only 3 days away, so on arrival at the airport when I realised that someone else had cancelled their booking I

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Evening landaway to White Waltham – through Atlas Control

War zone AWACS aircraft orbitted overhead, scanning the sky for unusual activity. Banks of radar controllers monitored the frequencies, checking that all known traffic remained on their assigned track. Helicopter gunships and tornado fighter aircraft stood ready to take to the air at a moments notice should any anomoly occur. Banks of surface-to-air missiles were deployed around the city to respond even more quickly. No, not Afghanistan, but London 2012

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France for Lunch – Cherbourg Club Flyout

We’d originally planned a full weekend trip for this club flyout, with an overnight stop in Dinard, but the continuing poor weather put paid to that. The initially long crew list had gradually shrunk with members dropping out for a variety of different, legitimate reasons. In the end, we were down to 3 pilots taking two aircraft to Cherbourg for the day. However, the weather did look very promising with

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Dunkeswell in the Arrow

We’d hoped to fly to France for lunch – possibly Cherbourg – but the weather wasn’t up to it, so we decided to go to Dunkeswell instead. Our crew would be Dave, a friend from the Bristol Aero Club, my daughter and her friend. Dave, an experienced Warrior pilot with an IMC, hadn’t flown in an Arrow before, so was keen to understand the differences. With a quick weight and

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Club flyout to Haverfordwest

Change of destination The original advertised destination was St. Mary’s in the Scilly Isles, but strong winds and a front full of CBs in the south west made us choose an alternate destination of Haverfordwest in the south west corner of Wales. I’d been there before, but not in the Arrow. A long list of interested parties dwindled during the week or two preceding the event, but we still managed

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Family Flyout to Alderney

Plans for a family flyout I’d been working up to a family flyout for some time. The Jubilee Bank Holiday at the start of June gave us a few days and probability of good weather to plan something more adventurous. The initial plan was to take the club Arrrow to France for a couple of nights, staying overnight in Dinard and Cherbourg, returning via Alderney on the last day. However

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IMC practice to Coventry

Rusty IMC skills My IMC skills were getting a bit rusty through lack of use, and I’d been discussing with a couple of other club pilots the possibility of an IMC practice session. The idea being mainly to focus on instrument approach procedures rather than anything else. With a day in lieu owed to me after a period of intensive business travel, the opportunity came up to share a session

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Going to Sleap

I think it’s pronounced “Slape” rather than “Sleep”, but the residents of this airfield seem to be happy with any of these variants. It’s the home of the Shropshire Aero Club and located just west of Shrewsbury on the Welsh/English border. It has been on my list of places to visit, and my last attempt to get there was unsuccessful due to low cloud. Keeping Current It had been a

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Miami Adventure Cessna 172 G1000

With a business trip of a few days in Miami, I thought I’d try to see if I could squeeze in some training and familiarisation with the differences of PPL flying in the US. I already had a valid and legal FAA private pilot certificate (based on my UK licence) from last year’s trip to Florida, where I gained a seaplane rating. However, I hadn’t flown above 500 feet, used

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Club Flyout to Duxford

This is the third club flyout of 2012 which I’ve organised. I’m learning to expect the crew list to change during the week beforehand, and the value of getting early commitment from a few “core” pilots to ensure the event will run regardless. As a minimum, I had two pilots (myself and one other) who both agreed to fly both ways. The day before, another pilot regained currency and was

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