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  • First IFR Trip

    It’s finally happened! I am now a qualified Instrument Rated Pilot, and this is where the hard work now happens, in the airways. Welcome aboard this first IFR trip (solo). Flying IFR…

  • Visiting Kemble

    After carefully studying the weather reports, the satellite-derived radar data I opted to depart for Kemble. Unfortunately, a shortwave must have developed east of the weather and provided an intense IMC experience…

  • Nowhere near perfect

    The return of The Flying VLOG with a video that took place before the Instrument Rating training, in a very steep learning curve before it got even steeper. It really is nowhere…

  • Harder than I thought

    I didn’t think it would be easy, but it’s harder than I thought. With training now started for the IR, here’s an insight to a flight where I introduce SOPs and new…

  • Perfect Timing

    In all my years flying, I’ve never come across anything more perfectly timed than this flight. In fact, it was recently passing the IR exams that allowed such a high fidelity of…

  • Intense Frontal IFR

    I learned more in this one flight than any of all the IFR flights I’ve ever undertaken. A flight that pushes the limit of what one can do with the IR(R). If…

  • Between the fronts

    One of those perfectly timed flights in the late afternoon during sunset, flying between an occluded front and a cold front with perfectly clear skies but lots of turbulence and changeable winds.…

  • Misty Oxford

    Fog delays our departure! As conditions improve we depart for Oxford, however as we get airborne we realised, it was a good choice to delay. The visibility was awful and I conduct…

  • Oxford NDB Unserviceable

    I take a fellow airman flying in a fixed-wing aircraft, and whilst it was hoped to fly an NDB approach for a change, unfortunately, on this day it was unserviceable. Absolute sod’s…

  • FL70 back to London

    Despite not reaching the heights of the full Instrument Rating in 2020, I managed to reach FL70 at least once, and with that in the bag, some beautiful views prevailed. And finally,…