Category: PPL

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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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Lee to Sandown

After many, many hours in the circuit it was finally time to head out again and go on a bit of a road trip. My Dad is nearing the end of his license and needed to get some instrument practice in and I needed to get in some tight turn practice. We convinced our instructor into letting us do our own segment of flying and then stop at Sandown on the Isle of Wight for a cup of tea. The day was warm and there were a few layers of puffy clouds – perfect for my Dad’s instrument flying. He...

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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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Reinforcement – Learning From Others

Learning to fly isn’t easy; additional time should be spent reinforcing knowledge outside of practical flying sessions or ground lesson. Right now I am not doing enough of this, but as I do I will demonstrate what I have done In a series of blog posts I am going to call “reinforcement”. Learning from others is probably the best way to reinforce and learn new skills. Someone has done what you are doing before and they may have shared that knowledge on. If you can find that information make good use of it rather than make that mistake again. I’m...

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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...

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Uh-Oh Moments

You can’t learn to fly without having a few moments that make you go “uh-oh”. I think of an uh-oh moment as a situation that can lead to feeling uncomfortable or panicked which could then lead to me making a bad decision that could potentially have dire consequences. The reason for writing this blog post was because of an event that happened during a recent solo I found myself making an approach to the airfield and being too high. I consider this an uh-oh moment for two reasons: it was my first solo approach of the day and there were...

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Aerobatics

To me Aerobatics is the pinnacle of aviation; performing stunts in flying machines that no flying machine has the right to be doing. Since I starting flying, aerobatics is something that I have been wanting to do. Originally it was a desire for the thrill of it but after catting to a fellow pilot at my flying clubs christmas do I realised it isn’t all about the thrill. You see, Aerobatics is about safety, getting your plane into a stall, spin or upside down and then being able to safely recover from it is a hugely important skill. If I...