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Category: Ground School

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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