To Gloucester and back in IMC

An experienced eye I’d met a private pilot with lots of experience and had discussed the possibility of his coming along in the right hand seat. I’ve realised that there’s plenty to learn from other pilots, much of which isn’t in the textbooks or official training, and was hoping to pick up some hints and tips. It was clear from the outset that this wouldn’t be an instructional flight, or even

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IMC, IR(R) and Instrument Ratings for UK private pilots

The rules and regulations concerning the UK private pilot for flying in clouds have several options, and this note is aimed at any UK private pilot with or seeking an IMC, IR(R) or IR rating. This is published only as a guide and with no warranty or guarantee of accuracy or completeness. You are strongly recommended to double check what is written below. UK IMC Rating continues indefinitely The IMC

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Henstridge and Swansea round trip

Last minute arrangements The forecast for Saturday was very promising, CAVOK and little wind, with a suggestion of light rain to come through sometime during the day. For this late time of year, a surprisingly good conditions which I wanted to make the most of. Not expecting the weather to be so good, I’d not planned ahead, so it was Friday afternoon before the emails and messages were passed around

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Old Buckenham at 140 knots

A solo flight from Kemble to/from Old Buckenham (near Norwich) in a club PA28. Windy indeed Winds aloft were forecast at 30-40 knots but surface winds were a more reasonable 10-15, and straight down the runway too. The weather forecast for the weekend had looked dubious all week, and I’d not expected to be able to do much today. I hadn’t arranged to share a flight with another pilot or

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Compton Abbas on a blustery day

Pretty windy but in the right direction Strong winds this weekend, especially over the north parts of Britain, didn’t sound promising. However, the south of England was clear with good visibility and the stronger winds from WNW didn’t mean too much of a crosswind. I’d arranged to take an old friend up for a flight with his young lad, who has always been keen on airplanes. It was very much

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France for Lunch

Pea Soup for Breakfast Perhaps this weekend’s flight was just too ambitous.The intention was to reward my family for indulging me in my hobby by flying them to France. Being so close to the shortest day in the year, and not operating from an airfield with lights meant that it would be much more enjoyable to stay overnight. We originally intended to go to Le Touquet, but very few hotel

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November sunshine in Pembrey and the Gower

The plan for today was to take a friend and two of his teenage lads up for a landaway from our club’s Kemble base. Simon had asked to fly over Carmarthen in Wales, where a friend has a house in Ferrybridge nearby. This is only a few miles away from Pembrey airport, which has been on my list of places to visit for a while, so the destination was quickly

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Coventry Club Flyout

Club Flyouts As a relatively new PPL, I’ve enjoyed the “buddy flying” at the club over the last year, where I’ve shared flights with other pilots in the Lyneham club. With a view to increasing this and also putting something back into the club itself, I’ve been trying to start off a more regular club flyout program with the full support of the Lyneham club committee. With the club having

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Solo to Popham

Change of plan Andy had kindly offered to take me for a flight on the club’s Arrow – an aircraft that I’m not qualified to pilot myself. This is a faster version of the PA28 range, with retractable undercarriage and a “wobbly prop”. Andy had completed two hours of differences training and so was keen to consolidate this with a few flights. I don’t believe it’s worthwhile for me to

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How EASA FCL affects a UK Private Pilot

UK Private Pilot licensing changed on 8 April 2012 when EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) FCL (Flight Crew Licence) regulations came into force. The intention has been to standardise the rules across Europe, where previously there were many national variations. After a five year transition period, the majority of European private pilots now operate on EASA PPL licences issued by their own country authority. Qualifications/ratings, training courses, exams and skill

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