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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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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Why you should LOVE your ADF

On October 2, 2010, in G1000, I learnt about Flying from this, Knowledge Base, Safety, Weather, by admin
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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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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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Ten Miles to Run

On September 29, 2010, in Humour, Safety, by admin

It was George Bernard Shaw (I think) who said, “America and Britain are the same in all respects, except of course their language”, or to put it another way “America and Britain two countries divided by a common language”, that one was probably Churchill. What, you may ask, am I talking about? I’m sure you […]

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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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