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Category: Ground School

Setting Up Your Own Airstrip

Setting Up Your Own Airstrip

In addition to the UK’s civil and military aerodromes, there are hundreds of smaller, grass airfields set up by private individuals (termed 'farm strips'). If you own suitable land, it’s possible to set up your own - of course, planning restrictions and practical considerations apply. We outline some of them here. ...

Weather for Pilots – TAFs and METARs

Weather for Pilots – TAFs and METARs

Weather will always get pilots talking. Although that's admittedly not unusual among British folk, for pilots it can be a matter of life and death! Understanding how the weather works, and using the right resources to predict what is likely to happen at your airfield as you leave (and when you come back) are vital ...

Radio: Talking The Talk

Radio: Talking The Talk

Part of gaining your Private Pilot’s License is learning how to communicate using the aircraft’s radio. A number of students fear talking over the airwaves; some of mine have said it’s the scariest part of flight training! However, knowledge dispels fear. Here, we share some tips and tricks to promote good radio ...

Night Flying : Ask a Pilot

Night Flying : Ask a Pilot

As well as allowing a pilot to experience magnificent nocturnal views, being qualified to fly at night provides greater capabilities (and safety margins) than a day-only license. Here we outline the training and techniques required for night flying, and the extra benefits for a PPL in doing so. The Training ...

Flight Simulators – Are they real enough?

Flight Simulators – Are they real enough?

If you've ever looked at one of those big bulky full-motion flight simulators wobbling around seemingly without rhyme or reason, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they might be better for simulating sea sickness than anything approaching a realistic flight experience. From the outside, what looks like a set of ...

Going Twin: Multi-Engine Training

Going Twin: Multi-Engine Training

In the not too distant past, a multi-engine piston (MEP) rating was a logical step after completing a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) – but as aircraft aged without replacement designs, and fuel costs soared, the number of multi students drastically reduced. Happily, new aircraft designs are now again putting twin ...

Managing Engine Failures

Managing Engine Failures

The odds of an engine failure in a light aircraft are pretty low - in fact, statistics show your car journey to the airfield carries a higher risk! Even so, after thorough training, students will need to demonstrate their ability to safely carry out an emergency landing during their final license test. We outline the ...

How To Solo A Spitfire

How To Solo A Spitfire

The dream of flying in a Spitfire is shared by many pilots and aviation enthusiasts. To many, the Spitfire needs no introduction; the single-seat WW2 fighter is often synonymous with the glamour and bravery of RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain, and is one of the most recognisable historic aircraft today. ...

Build and Fly Your Own DIY Aircraft…

Build and Fly Your Own DIY Aircraft…

Many student pilots plan to own an aircraft after gaining their license, and have spent some time considering the various types on offer. However, it may not be obvious that many of those types are available to be built at home, by pilots. In fact, some pilots may have built the very aeroplane they learnt to fly in! ...

How Air Traffic Can Help You

How Air Traffic Can Help You

We’re very fortunate to have an excellent Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the UK: there are number of high quality services available to private pilots, providing superb levels of safety and capability. New and inexperienced pilots can sometimes fail to get the best out of these services. Here we outline these ...

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