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  • The IFR Journey

    Introduction – My goal has always been to become a fully-fledged airline pilot. Unfortunately, I don’t have £120k, and many obstacles have got in the way in the last few years that…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Literally flew itself

    Longer flights and automation just became a lot easier. Simply entering data into the GTN650XI and enabling AUTO CRS & GPS Roll Steering (GPSS) enabled this flight as automatic from Bembridge to…

  • IAPs at Southampton

    Probably for the first time in many many years, General Aviation is welcomed back to Southampton International Airport. After completing 2x IAPs at Southampton a surprise is in store for a first-time…

  • Getting back up to speed

    Getting back up to speed simulating an airways routing, followed by two ILS approaches into London Southend Airport on a relatively convective summer’s afternoon. We depart Stapleford in the DA40 IFR routing…

  • IFR on top

    It’s quite a beautiful thing where you fly out of the airport environment, realise the weather isn’t exactly ideal for VFR flight and utilising an IMC rating, the dream of soaring above…

  • Early Morning IFR

    An early morning IFR, and with good reason. A warm front extended from an area of low pressure situated almost 2,500 miles away, with some horrendous weather that would herald the start…