Abandoned IMC Skills Test

A total electrical power failure I can now confirm that after a complete and total electrical failure, a light aircraft engine continues to operate and the most important instruments continue to work. Fortunately, this happened on the ground (just as we were about to line up) rather than in the air. There are procedures to deal with radio failure in flight, but without even the transponder working, it might not

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Landaway to Compton Abbas

A passenger flight from Kemble With Lyneham closing down and no further weekend flying permitted from there, the club had again arranged to operate out of Kemble for the weekend – almost certainly the last time they’ll do so. With the weather looking very promising, I had arranged to take a friend up for a trip. He’d flown in light aircraft once before, having been given a trial lesson a

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Short local with the family

To fly or not to fly, that is the question What a wet and dreich (<– Scottish word for damp weather) day. The forecast really didn’t look that good, and we were drenched in the morning. I’d pretty much given up any chance of a flight after seeing the previous night’s weather forecast. However a closer look at the TAFs and rain radar, together with airfield webcams, held some promise.

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Solo to Welshpool

Time for a solo flight Looking through my logbook, I’ve been taking a lot of training and instruction recently, particularly for the IMC course. With the weather looking good for the weekend, my intention was for a solo landaway – something that would improve my confidence and start enjoying what a PPL enables. During the week there had been some short term changes to arrangements. After taking the differences training

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IMC Training Day #8

Finishing off the IMC course Today was hopefully to be the last IMC training flight. I needed a further 1 hour 40 minutes of dual instruction to complete the minimum 15 hours required. Of this 10 hours must be “under the hood”, which I’d already satisfied. I’d also passed the theory test in April. Wind blowing the wrong way The wind from the North East meant that runway 06 was

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IMC Training Day #7

After a three week gap, the availability of good weather, aircraft and instructor all aligned and I was again in the air with foggles to obscure the view. Practicing Scales With a view to improving my accuracy when on instruments, Ian had me alternately climbing and descending. Each time we reached FL30 we’d climb and then at FL40 we’d descend. At the same time, he asked me to turn (Rate

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Learning a new aircraft – the Robin HR200/100S

Rescued from a complete washout The Bank Holiday weekend had been pretty much of a washout. I’d planned my first foreign trip (to Le Touquet) and also another shorter trip with passengers – both had to be cancelled. Unusually, on the following Saturday I had a further full weekend day free to go flying! I thought I’d plan a longer trip and was hoping to reschedule the postponed Le Touquet

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How to get a US FAA PPL Licence based on your UK PPL

Hiring a car when abroad When travelling abroad, you can easily walk into a car hire office and drive off in minutes. All you need is a current driving licence from your home country and a credit card. There’s no need to pass any theory tests, prove that you understand the local traffic laws or even have done any driving recently. But any restrictions on your current licence will apply,

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Seaplane Adventure

I had a business trip booked to a conference in Florida, with the possibility of taking some time off, I looked at what possibilities for flying there might offer. I’ve been the US many times on business before, but rarely able to do something extra. Floatplane One option suggested was to fly a floatplane (or seaplane) around the lakes of Florida. I was lucky enough to be able to fit

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IMC Training Day #6

Would the weather wash out the evening’s session? The rain was lashing down as I left to drive to Lyneham for this evenings IMC training sortie. Would the weather postpone today’s session? Fortunately not – the rain had stopped by the time I arrived, and the forecast was reasonably good. It did mean that Ian, my instructor, could discuss what kind of weather limits would apply to an IMC rated

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