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  • First International IFR

    A busy international IFR flight across Europe in the airways from London to Dusseldorf in the midst of a return of air travel demand. The flight includes departure from Stapleford, climbing through…

  • Convective Icing Challenge

    The first real challenge of Pilot-in-Command IFR that I have experienced. Rare northwesterly winds in September provide convective weather and low-level icing risk to challenge my newly honed IFR skills. But, maybe…

  • Busy Morning in the LTMA

    Before COVID-19 the London TMA, the airspace situated in the South East of England was by far one of the busiest in the world. With travel restrictions slowly easing, this congested airspace…

  • AERODROME IS NOW CLOSING!

    Doing what the Instrument Rating was designed for, going places, and what better place to do the first night stop; Liverpool. But planning the flight wasn’t easy. After a few days worth…

  • Planning Liverpool

    Introduction – In February 2021 the ASOT 1000 festival in Utrecht, NL; was postponed until at least September 2021. The Coronavirus Pandemic, which has dominated the world since the late parts of…

  • Return from Doncaster

    After a frustrating departure that takes us NNW, we quickly navigate the busy arrival steam into EMA/BHX before asking for a rather cheeky shortcut. The flight finishes off with a beautiful cloud-surfing/sunset…

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    Planning the first IFR

    The Original plan changed – Once I finished my Instrument Rating training, I had booked the aircraft over the weekend and the original plan was to fly the aircraft somewhere, although I…

  • 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…