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Category: Lessons & Licences

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

How To Pass Your Flying Test

How To Pass Your Flying Test

So, you’ve invested in a trial flying lesson, had an outrageously awesome time, caught the aviation bug, subsequently decided which license to train for, then been carefully coached towards superb levels of flying by your instructor ....and now you’re ready for your final flying test. Every aspirant pilot must ...

How Do Pilots Navigate?

How Do Pilots Navigate?

One of the many excellent and fun reasons to learn to fly is to visit new places by air. Taking your friends and family on an aerial adventure to a faraway location (or maybe just seeing their homes from above) is incredibly rewarding. But how do pilots navigate about the skies, and find their way to these ...

What Does it Take to Get a Pilot’s Licence?

What Does it Take to Get a Pilot’s Licence?

So, you've completed a trial flying lesson (if not, check out these affordable introductory flying lessons!) and have caught the aviation bug! But what happens next? How will the your ongoing training work? And more importantly - how can you maximise the expenditure of your hard earned cash?In this article I'll talk ...

Which Pilot’s Licence is Right for Me?

Which Pilot’s Licence is Right for Me?

In the UK there are several options for gaining a Licence to fly aircraft.As a potential new student this may seem like a daunting choice in itself. Given the cost of gaining a pilot’s licence of any description, it’s very important to make sure you make the right choice for the kind of flying you want to do once you ...

Are flying lessons safe?

Are flying lessons safe?

Here’s another one instructors get asked all the time! I’m afraid it’s not one with a straightforward answer, though. I could of course trawl through reams of accident reports, but I’d only make us both bored and depressed, and the truth is, statistics alone aren’t very helpful in determining how safe flying lessons ...

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