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Category: Ground School

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Much Does a Private Pilot’s Licence Cost?

How Much Does a Private Pilot’s Licence Cost?

Welcome to the first ever edition of 'Ask a Pilot' at FlyingLessons.co.uk, where we ask all your burning questions to a professional pilot. We're thrilled to have flying instructor Jon Budworth on board today to share his insider knowledge on the costs of training for a PPL. Over to you, Jon. As a flying ...

Top 5 Videos that Prove Gyrocopters are Awesome!

Top 5 Videos that Prove Gyrocopters are Awesome!

Although you’ve probably heard the word ‘gyrocopter’ before, many of us have no idea what one looks like, let alone how they work. They may be familiar to some as the aircraft-of-choice for Dwarves or Gnomes in various popular fantasy role-playing games, but gyrocopters (also known as ‘gyroplanes’, ‘autogyros’ or ...

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 ...

The Introductory Flying Lesson

The Introductory Flying Lesson

Sometimes called an ‘introductory lesson’ or ‘experience flight’, a trial lesson is your first step on the journey towards obtaining a Private Pilot’s Licence – a chance to try your hand at piloting an aircraft with a qualified instructor on-hand to guide you along the way. Gaining a full licence can be a ...

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