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Category: Flying Machines

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 ...

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 ...

Living in Freefall : Why Parachute?

Living in Freefall : Why Parachute?

Talking about parachuting with a group of pilots usually elicits one of the following responses: ‘Jump out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft? You must be joking!’ or 'Did someone say parachute? Yes! Let’s go! I am a skydiver!’ The art of parachuting has come a long way since the 1400s when the ...

Taming the Microlight – devised by NASA

Taming the Microlight – devised by NASA

Microlights could be described as hang gliders with engines and undoubtedly afford the pilot a fantastic, air-in-the-face experience with views that must come close to what birds see. So how did they evolve? The idea for the hang glider came from NASA and the need to give Space Shuttle astronauts an emergency ...

Planes without Engines…

Planes without Engines…

...The Art of Gliding. Often described as the closest you can get to being a bird (...without actually being one), gliding is a great way to get involved in air sports and an absolutely fantastic way to see if being up in the air is for you. Gliders are generally sleek, long-winged aircraft with a tandem seat ...

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

The de Havilland Tiger Moth - Easy to fly, Hard to fly well One look at a Tiger Moth and you can tell it’s truly one of the legends. There is an air of mystique that surrounds every one of these machines. Pilots never forget the Moth and always speak fondly of it. The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth was designed ...

Aerobatics: The Art of Aerial Gymnastics

Aerobatics: The Art of Aerial Gymnastics

Acrobatics – performed on a bouncy floor by a gymnast, sometimes with a ball or trailing a streamer. Aerobatics, on the other hand, is best described as pushing the boundaries of yourself as a pilot and those of your aeroplane… And it can be a lot of fun that will only improve your flying! So why and how did ...

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