Mid-air Collision Avoidance or how to avoid scary moments

Now don’t get me wrong, I assign no blame to anybody who’s been in a near-hit incident, you can take every precaution, and it can still happen. But that’s no reason to be fatalistic. There are lots of things you can do. But let me backtrack a bit. Once, long long ago, when I was […]

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What’s Flying Families Story

I’ve been asked this many times. To try and make the story interesting I’ll write in the form of a modern thriller; with flashbacks, disjointed time-line and internal monologues. Tweet. He stared at the screen. Another pilot, consoled. Another family now enjoying the luxuries of aviation. He sighed. Still more pilots come. Tweet. Aaaaarghhh!! We’re […]

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HTGYFF 2

On October 6, 2010, in Flying With Passengers, by admin

Last time we talked about what not to do. This week we’ll look more carefully at what it is that persuades passengers to go flying. The key word here is of course confidence. Passengers (yes even children) know when you are confident and when you are nervous. To get your confidence levels high, practise the […]

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HTGYFF5 – Funny questions passengers ask and how not to answer!

On October 1, 2010, in Flying With Passengers, Humour, Safety, by admin
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Is That Supposed to be Flashing?   TV celebrities like Jeremy Clarkson refer to light aircraft as Flying Washing  machines. It gives the public the wrong impression and generally they don’t  have the right impression anyway. You’ve been flying for too long to realise but  your passengers, especially the new ones are full of questions […]

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Ditching at Sea

On September 24, 2010, in Flying With Passengers, I learnt about Flying from this, Safety, by admin
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Ever ditched an aircraft at sea? The wisdom is that you should land tail low and land parallel to the major swell. It’s covered in AIM 6-3-3, But this doesn’t cover what happens after the ‘landing’. In preparation for crossing that mighty stretch of water the English channel (which nonetheless is really cold – and […]

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HTGYFF 1 – How To Get Your Family Flying 1

On September 16, 2010, in Flying With Passengers, by admin
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My wife has always been reluctant to fly. I’ve always wanted to take her and  the kids with me. Finally it seems we have got there and become a flying family,  but it wasn’t a fast process. There are many things you can do to persuade your  nearest and dearest into the air with you, […]

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