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  • Unable to negotiate LTMA

    It happened again! One of the quirks of the UK ATC system. We were too low and on the wrong route back to the London FIR, which meant we could not negotiate…

  • 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…

  • Flying IFR with ICING RISK

    Flying IFR in winter isn’t without risk, and weather avoidance makes it even more challenging. With an early left turn out of the airways system, due to CBs and severe icing risk.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…