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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Americans going round in Circles

On December 4, 2010, in I learnt about Flying from this, by admin

“this is easy”, then slowly realizing that I was drifting and that there was more to the maneuver than met the eye and left it at that realizing that I probably wouldn’t need to carry out this ‘circling’ too often. Now I find myself needing to demonstrate the  ‘turns’ for a check ride so that […]

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Mayday Mayday Mayday

On October 12, 2010, in I learnt about Flying from this, Knowledge Base, Safety, by admin

A day out – in West Drayton! Many years ago, on the first leg of my qualifying cross-country, from Ipswich to Earls Colne, I was ‘temporarily’ unsure of my position. Recognising that I was heading rapidly in the direction of Stanstead, I decided that it was prudent to act sooner rather than later and asked […]

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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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Why you should LOVE your ADF

On October 2, 2010, in G1000, I learnt about Flying from this, Knowledge Base, Safety, Weather, by admin
NDB transmitter at 49.205892,-2.219973. Callsi...

Flying back from Jersey, about 5 miles from the coast one dark evening, just visual with the coast and the Isle of Wight, at about 3,000 feet, I was doing the usual; using every resource available in the aircraft to cross-check where I was and what was happening. GPS, agrees, sufficient satellites available, visually check […]

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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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