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  • It’s like a new aeroplane

    After 10 weeks of waiting, the aircraft finally came out of the paint shop and it looked like a brand new aeroplane. It was good to get airborne again and fly back…

  • London denied our join

    I finally met the quirks of the UK ATC system. We were too low and in the wrong routing back to the London FIR which meant we would leave controlled airspace and…

  • IFR Currency (Part 2)

    Part 2 – An intense day with the final two IFR flights in the UK Airways system, culminating in an NDB DME approach into Oxford and a quick blast across the London…

  • Maintaining IFR Currency

    As I approached the first winter with an Instrument Rating, flying without a FIKI aircraft, flight into know icing I began to plan to maintain my IFR currency. With the approaching months…

  • Perfect Timing – IFR Airways

    Fresh from 6 months of flying using the Instrument Rating, another perfectly timed IFR flight into Stapleford. This time in the Airways system. Stapleford has no Instrument landings, so the only realistic…

  • Revisiting Gloucester

    After an amazing weekend in Germany, I take the aircraft back to Gloucester for the RNP approach with my former flight Instructor. The London TMA was very busy as we departed, with…

  • 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…

  • HARD IMC & TURBULENCE

    IFR flight to Exeter in September through an Occluded front; with an extremely turbulent departure from Stapleford and some hard IMC. Was the Continuous Descent Approach a Fluke? 😉 And finally, the…

  • Newquay Weekender 2017

    One aeroplane, one pilot, lots of planning, severe storm winds, fog and heavy rain, 3 lads and a Cornish Pasty. What a trip, and what a weekend. The accumulation of 4 flights…