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Flying Training – The Heat is on!

PPL Training & Exam Windows

I had heard and read about the deadlines involved when training for a PPL but never really understood the full implications of this. The Two Year Rule… The Eighteen Month Rule… Although all the relevant information is available at the CAA Website, some of it can be a little difficult to interpret so I thought…

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My Top 10 Aviation iPad / iPhone Apps

SkyDemon

I haven’t done much flying lately due to weather and finances, nothing new there… But I do still keep a close eye on the current technology and gadgetry. I often get asked which are my most used applications on the iPhone and iPad so I decided to make a quick list. I’m still a student…

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Landing Away

Just Landed

It has taken four or five attempts to get this particular exercise done. Once because of a mess up with timings but mostly due to our often mentioned and oh-so unreliable British weather. Finally, on Friday 3rd September I managed to fly to and land at Humberside Airport, which completed my first landing at an…

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First PPL Navigation Exercise

Sherburn After Landing

Today marked my first PPL Navigation exercise from Sherburn. I have been learning to fly now for over two years and today was the first time I have actually flown to a destination outside of the normal Sherburn circuit. There is some out of circuit work involved before the navigation exercises begin but it’s mostly…

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Wind Calm and Human Performance

Mmmm Cold Beer

Mmmm Cold Beer Finally, good weather and finances permitted me to get over to Sherburn today to get some flying done. It was one of those very rare days when the weather forecast says “Wind = CALM”. Which means, as it says, there was little or no significant wind – at least from the surface…

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More PPL Exams Passed

Nav chart

It’s been a while… Lots of music and flying related things going on. Most notable news would be that I have now passed three more of the PPL exams. After passing Air Law late in 2008, I realised (rather late) that I have only a remaining six months to pass all six other exams. Luckily…

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PPL Studying Ahead!

PPL books

It’s a tough few months. (I know, I know – everyone says that)… But it is honest! Anyway without dwelling on the moaning… I just found out that there is time limit applied to the PPL (Flying Training) written exams. We have a period of 18 months from the date of passing your first exam…

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First Solo completed

1st Solo

At approximately 13:30 today I completed my First Solo flight. What an absolutely awesome experience. After doing four circuits with my instructor Jonathan Anderson, he was happy enough to send me up on my own. It was quiet in the cockpit and a little surreal. Beautiful weather with just a little crosswind. I completed the…

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First Solo on Thursday

PA28 at Sherburn

It has been confirmed today that (depending on the weather of course), I will be doing my first solo flight on Thursday 11th November. PA28 at Sherburn As far as I know, this will involve doing some circuits with my instructor and then when / if he feels I’m ready, he will hop out of…

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Aviation Law Exam Passed… Weehee

SAC Airfield map

After quite a lot of studying, I managed to pass the Aviation Law exam on Friday last week. Many have said that this is the hardest of the PPL exams due to it’s slightly arbitrary nature. I can certainly agree with that. SAC Airfield map I have been flying circuits at Sherburn for about 3…

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