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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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…