Category: Debriefs

Debriefing myself after a flying lesson and identifying what I did and didn’t well. I will to identify how I can improve on the things I didn’t do well.

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Debrief – Tuesday 18th July

This was the first day of my second week of flying. My first exercise was to carry out a solo nav exercise in prep for me potentially heading out on my qualifying cross country this week. Things could have gone a bit better. I would be flying from the Spinnaker Tower to Guildford to Petworth and then back to the Spinnaker Tower. I got to the club and planned my route for the day and shortly took off for it. The sky was blue and there was a haze on the horizon; perfect for a navigation exercise. I crossed the...

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Debrief – Thursday 22nd June

The weather on day three took a bit of a turn for the worse: the wind picked up and the clouds came in low. This meant it was a good day to get in some practice force landings and low-level navigation. The low-level navigation was interesting. I lost all of my normal bearings and quickly lost track of where I was. I would continually refer to the Avadine navigation system in the plane to get my bearings. Low-level navigation is important because I might find myself in a situation with a decreasing cloud base and I will need to be...

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Debrief – Wednesday 21st June

Debrief – Wednesday 21st June After flying the day before I spent the afternoon trying to revise for ground exams and recover. Flying is tiring! I had spoken to my instructor about flying up to Thruxton to combine a nav exercise and a land away into one. The latest edition of Flyer had a free landing voucher for Thruxton and I wanted to make use of it! I woke up bright and early and plotted my route to Thruxton via Alton and Andover; it looked intimidating. I would be talking to a number of radar stations and requesting a MATZ...

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Debrief – Tuesday 20th June

Day one of my week of flying is over and it was an eventful one! I got 2.2 hours of flying time in and covered a lot of stuff. The first flight of the day involved my first solo adventure out of the circuit as I wished; a flight around the Isle of Wight. I checked the weather and NOTAMs. There were two things of interest: south of the Isle of Wight there were oil spill trials being flown; at Sandown airfield there would be parachutists being dropped. Both of these would be in my direct path. I discussed talking...

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Debrief – Saturday 10th June

There isn’t too much to report about this flight other than I spent some more time around the circuit. I hadn’t flown for two weeks so it was a good way to refamiliarise myself with how to fly. During the flight I practised a combination of: normal approaches; flapless approaches; glide approaches; short field approaches. There was a steady wind of about 14 knots blowing down the runway which meant I would climb quickly and descend quickly. In my normal approaches I only had to use two stages of flap to get myself down. I enjoying my flapless approaches and...

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Debrief – Saturday 15th May

A good chunk of my last eight hours in the air have been spent flying around the circuit and I have finally gained enough solo time that my instructor has the confidence to send me up on my own; from start to end. Agenda for today Practice short field landings Practice glide approaches Land on the centre of the runway  In the past I have been up with my instructor and he has done a few circuits with me and he has then jumped out and let me do my solos. Today was different as I did my walk around...

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Debrief – Saturday 6th May

On the morning of the 6th I woke up with nothing planned for the day other than reading and watching a film. My phone starts ringing and it is my instructor – interesting! “Jordan” he says “Do you want to go flying?”. “Of course!” I say. Two hours later I am walking across the apron ready to head off. Even though I had a short amount of time to prepare I knew what I wanted to achieve in this weeks flying time. Agenda for today Land on the numbers One of the consistent problems I have have had with my...

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Debrief – Ground School – Tuesday 2nd May

Every week I attend an evening course to help me get through the studying required for my PPL ground exams. Debriefing each session should help me with reinforcement of what I have been taught. We are currently studying navigation in preparation for my that exam. In previous sessions we have been working with the whizzy wheel this day was the final navigation session we focused on radio navigation. Some basics When you fly away from a point you are flying a Radial and when you fly towards a point you are flying a Bearing. Here is a quick example: If I...

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Debrief – Saturday 29th April

Another Saturday and another morning in the air! The weather was slightly overcast with some gaps and a light breeze blew from the north. The agenda for today Get better at checklists Crabbing on the Downwind Watch my speed on the Base & Final legs The airfield was nice and quiet at 08:30 in the morning and I had a quick briefing with my instructor in which we discussed glide approaches. A glide approach is when the power is cut early on the base leg and it requires use of “ my skill and best judgement” to get myself onto...

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Debrief – Saturday 22nd April

This was only a short session and I would have about an hour in the air. It was a nice day; clouds about at 4,000ft and a light wind blowing across the runway. The agenda for today Circuits Cross-wind landings Solo circuits As I turned up at the airfield my Dad was just heading off for his first solo adventure outside of the circuit; a flight around the Isle of Wight. I wasn’t jealous at all! I had a quick briefing with my instructor, started up the plane and headed off to join the circuit. As we taxied out my...