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Category: History & Science

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 ...

Ask a Pilot: How High Can You Fly?

Ask a Pilot: How High Can You Fly?

‘So, how high can you go in one of these?’ As an instructor in light aircraft, I've been asked this question more times than I can count - in fact two students asked me just last weekend. Most people can't picture heights in terms of thousands of feet, so to put it into some kind of perspective... not as high as a ...

Winter Weather – Too Cold for Flying?

Winter Weather – Too Cold for Flying?

Wonderful Winter Weather As we move into the latter half of the year, autumn and winter bring with them different weather conditions from those enjoyed in the summer months. From a student pilot’s perspective, it could be easy to assume that winter weather patterns automatically equate to unpleasant flying ...

How does a Helicopter Hover?

How does a Helicopter Hover?

Helicopters are amazing, versatile inventions. Thanks to years of hard work and investment by serious men and women in lab coats, we have the technology to make thousands of kilograms of metal, fuel, people and luggage travel forward at speeds of up to two hundred miles per hour, and then stop and hover, supported ...

A Brief History of Flight, Part 1.

A Brief History of Flight, Part 1.

For as long as there have been people, there have been those who dreamt of flying. It’s a deep, instinctive desire, like the wish to make little baby people, or the universal craving for cake. In the Ground School timeline of the History of Flight, we’ll take a look at some of the crazy fools who decided they could ...

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