Signing up for IMC Training

The IMC rating (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) is a UK only qualification available to private pilots. It’s much easier to get than the full IR (Instrument Rating), but confers the privileges of flying in cloud and instrument landings. Whether this should be used only as in¬†exceptional situations purely for safety purposes or as a more regular part of general flying routine¬†is highly debatable and a hot topic in the flying discussion

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White Waltham

I’ve enjoyed several flights from RAF Lyneham now. My first few were with other club members, and included a long Navex down to the south coast passing within sight of Popham, Goodwood (near Portsmouth), Bembridge and Sandown on the Isle of Wight. I also made a solo landaway to Shobdon, where I’d been during my PPL training including my Qualifying Cross Country. I’m still a very new PPL (“freshly minted”

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Gentle introduction to Lyneham flying club

I’ve enjoyed several flights from RAF Lyneham now. My first few were with other club members, and included a long Navex down to the south coast passing within sight of Popham, Goodwood (near Portsmouth), Bembridge and Sandown on the Isle of Wight. This gave Andy and myself some ideas for future landaway destinations which we hoped to reach later in the year ahead. I also made a solo landaway to

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Induction flight at RAF Lyneham Flying Club

I’d been looking around for another club to fly from after completing my training at Kemble. The main options were: – Kemble, where I felt there wasn’t much of a club atmosphere. There was little activity other than the one flyout I had been on earlier in the year, despite this being a full cost club. – Compton Abbas, which I had enjoyed the lessons there. Having visited a few

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Night Qualification

One of the next steps a private pilot can take is to learn to fly at night. This can extend your range by being able to depart a daytime only field close to dusk, then fly in the early evening back to base (assuming it is open and has lights). This is not a rating which needs to be revalidated and there is no test to pass. A course of

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PPL training course

Deciding to embark on PPL training At the start of each New Year, I try to make a few plans for the year ahead and set some priorities. This year, I was really pleased to have made the decision to learn to fly. I’d been hankering after doing this for a few years. Why now? Firstly, it costs a lot. But I’ve been saving up for several years and last

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