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Tomtom in the cockpit and it’s not for navigation!

Tomtom in the cockpit and it’s not for navigation!

So my new toy has arrived as much as I would like either a Garmin Virb Ultra 30 or a Gopro Hero 5 Black, I simply can’t afford one (if someone wants to send me one to review and keep… 😉 )[...]
Aerobatics are not for me so how about flying without an engine?

Aerobatics are not for me so how about flying without an engine?

The Easter long weekend gave me an opportunity to go flying in a Cessna 150, my C42 and a glider. So it all started when I book a lesson in the C150 at Rutland flying school, I booked a lesson as I have[...]
uncertified GPS for ADS-B out

uncertified GPS for ADS-B out

Saturday 28th Jan 2017 was another non flying day due to the British weather, however our plane was being serviced in the morning by Gary of Airmasters and Simon and I were fitting an uncertified GPS to our C42. The mod is quite cheap and easy[...]
A quick blog about a short flight testing PilotAware with SkyDemon

A quick blog about a short flight testing PilotAware with SkyDemon

So a great day to fly on Saturday, however our microlight was booked out for the whole day, well actually it wasn’t, it was just that a booking failed to be cancel that a member of our group said they had cancelled,[...]
Extra eyes in the sky with PilotAware and SkyDemon

Extra eyes in the sky with PilotAware and SkyDemon

I have dipped in and out of the PilotAware project for over a year, but as the weather was good and I was not flying alone last weekend I decides it would be good to try it out. So first off what is[...]
An amazing days flying to Weybourne or is it Muckleburgh

An amazing days flying to Weybourne or is it Muckleburgh

  The plan was to fly to Weybourne taking in a few sights on the way landing at Muckleburgh and to visit the museum there. Shortly after arriving at the airfield I checked the coolant level with Katie as it has had a slight[...]
Microlights to GA NPPL(SSEA)

Microlights to GA NPPL(SSEA)

So it’s been a while things are mad in my work and home life currently, but you are not here to read about that! As per my last blog I have been training for my SSEA (Simple Single Engine Aeroplane) rating at[...]
A Journey from Microlights to GA

A Journey from Microlights to GA

Today saw possible the start of the next chapter of my flying, a Journey from Microlights to GA, every journey starts with a single step, or in this case flight, begins with a first flight in Cessna 172. I travelled from my home near[...]
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FRTOL

It's been a while since i have posted and I plan to start posting about some of my flights and video and how to achieve video without prop strobe (use an ND8!), but today I started the first part of the final[...]
A flight from the wrong seat!

A flight from the wrong seat!

A friend of mine is nearing his solo cross country exercises and we thought it would be a good idea for him to get some practice in with me in the passenger seat. The main reason for this is the cost saving[...]
Exercise 16b – Operation at minimum level

Exercise 16b – Operation at minimum level

Its been a while since I have blogged due to having completed my training and gaining my NPPL(M) in June,' I'm flying a lot, but don't think it will be of great interest to those who read this blog! Thus I have asked[...]
First flight with a passenger!

First flight with a passenger!

I decided since gaining my licence not to blog re every flight, as I'm sure those that read my blog will soon get bored if I do! Today (25th July 2015) I took my first passenger up in our Microlight and the dubious[...]
First flight as a qualified pilot!

First flight as a qualified pilot!

Almost 3 weeks beforehand I had taken my GST and passed then yesterday (Friday 10th July) my licence dropped through my letter box. In eager anticipation I ripped the envelope open, there was a nice looking blue book, which I assumed would[...]
GST day so possibly my last blog as a student pilot!

GST day so possibly my last blog as a student pilot!

Sunday the 21st June saw me turn up at the airfield for another double lesson, well it would have been if it were not for the weather. Mike and I set off for the first hour and with a strong wind from[...]
Friday Solo navigation flight, Sunday GST revision, Monday arrange a bank loan!

Friday Solo navigation flight, Sunday GST revision, Monday arrange a bank loan!

Flying is never cheap, but learning to fly in a microlight is good value and less expensive than learning to fly in other aircraft types. I'm fly a lot at the moment because my GST is coming up soon and I want[...]
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It’s been a busy couple of days

Sunday I went flying and had a double lesson and then on Monday I got to go again for some additional solo (sssh don't tell the bank manager!) With my GST moving ever closer I’m trying to get as much flying in as[...]
Flying on a Wednesday evening, who would have thought!

Flying on a Wednesday evening, who would have thought!

I normally only go flying during the day and at the weekend, but as I missed last Sundays due to the British weather and Katie was kind enough to stay late so I could make it after work, I thought I would[...]
Fenland airfield gets Déjà vu!

Fenland airfield gets Déjà vu!

Low cloud 80% chance of rain and no cake at the club things were looking very bleak at the club for my dual and solo to Fenland! To make things even worse Katie and Tom had just decided to land as rain was[...]
Boston here I come ready or not!

Boston here I come ready or not!

I woke early today around 4 am and found myself check the Met Office aviation weather web site spot wind forecast, the prospect of my first solo cross country was playing on my mind. Before I went to bed I was rehearsing[...]
Dual Cross country to Boston UK

Dual Cross country to Boston UK

I got up this Sunday morning and planned my route to Boston and back as I had done the week before. I sketched out the triangles of velocities for the wind at 2,000ft and filled out my Plog (Pilot Log) I then[...]
Short field Takeoff and Landings

Short field Takeoff and Landings

Short field Takeoff and landings were the order of the day as it was a UK bank holiday weekend thus it was too wet, too windy and too low a cloud base for a cross country! Mike decided to demonstrate short field approaches[...]
Too windy or not to windy that is the question!

Too windy or not to windy that is the question!

It seems that every day that I’m not down to fly is perfect flying weather! Today the question was is it too windy for solo practice? Well luckily for me the front moved through taking with it the very light rain and[...]
No Flaps!

No Flaps!

The weather forecast for today all weeks had been low winds with broken cloud at 3,000ft with good visibility, so as I have had a few lessons cancelled I thought I would take advantage of the nice Easter bank holiday Sunday weather and[...]
A Busy Day At Chatteris!

A Busy Day At Chatteris!

Light Wind and a cloud base of over 3,000ft today so all looked good for another lesson on Practice Forced Landings, as I drive down the single track road and just before I turn on to the dirt track that leads down[...]
Side Slipping on glide approaches

Side Slipping on glide approaches

Today we had a low cloud base once again and an increasing wind! Mike had return from his holiday too so I was back flying with him. Our C42 had been serviced during the week and had the ballistic chute reinstalled too, this[...]
A Cold Front!

A Cold Front!

Today my flying lesson was moved forward by 1 hour as the British weather forecast showed a cold front moving through around the time my lesson would be ending; it was Katie that had spotted this and the foresight to move it. When[...]
Practice Forced Landings (PFLs) with a different instructor

Practice Forced Landings (PFLs) with a different instructor

As there was no flying last week due to the weather so today was going to be my first lesson with Katie. I arrived at the airfield at around 09:45 for my lesson at 10:00 this had been brought forward from 12:00 as[...]
Mock GST take 2!

Mock GST take 2!

I arrived at the fly club to find a new C42 in the hanger (I wonder which UK airfield has the most C42s!?) as it turned out, it was only visiting and they were doing so work on their propeller. The registration[...]
Mock GST

Mock GST

I have never been great with exams or even mock exams come to that and today was to be a full mock GST (General Skills Test) so in the briefing Mike told me he wanted me to select a runway, takeoff and[...]
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It's foggy, but not at the airfield!

Its foggy outside as I walk my dog, I don’t hurry as there is no way I will be flying today let alone solo! This is the frustration of learning to fly microlights, I even read on either Twitter or Facebook just[...]
Triple First

Triple First

Today Sunday the 11 Jan 2015 was triple first for me as it was my first flight in 2015, my first flight in a microlight over my home and my first flight using Skydemon to navigate! On arriving at the club I met[...]
Training Fix

Training Fix

Twas the lesson before Christmas, when all through the hanger not a microlight was stirring apart from Mick’s which was out! OK so I’m no poet! But it was my last lesson before Christmas and it was to be solo revision, but with[...]
A roller coaster of a ride!

A roller coaster of a ride!

It had been 4 weeks since I last flew and I wondered how much I could forget in such a short space of time, well the answer seems to be quite a bit! First off was the order of the checklist, it[...]
The BMAA Flying Show 2014

The BMAA Flying Show 2014

This year the flying show was held at Telford which for me is further to travel, on arriving at the show we saw a sign for “PATS Open day” but continued on as the Satnav said too and there was no mention[...]
Solo Practice

Solo Practice

The sun was shining and the overnight rain had stopped, the ground was soft and by the time I arrived at the flying club the car which I had cleaned less than 24 hours before was now covered in mud! I arrived a[...]
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Turning a Rotax engine backwards

I have always been told never to turn the Rotax engine in the wrong direction as it will cause damage, but recently seeing someone turn a prop backwards a few degrees I challenged the person who said "what damage could it do!",[...]
Lesson 16A - Forced landings, constant aspect method

Lesson 16A - Forced landings, constant aspect method

As I set off for the airfield today there was no way I would be flying it was windy, low cloud and rainy, unlike the day before when my friend Simon had posted on Facebook a picture from our C42 of clear[...]
Engine failures - GST revision Part 2 of X!

Engine failures - GST revision Part 2 of X!

GST revision Part 2 of X! i'm not sure how many parts my GST revision will be in, I guess its down to the individual, I seem to be taking longer than I read it takes others, but it is all still[...]
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GST Revision Exercise 17C Part 1

Is it really October? The sun is shining the wind is almost non-existent, the clouds are high and scattered, all in all a perfect day to fly. It’s been three weeks since I have been at the controls of our C42 Microlight[...]
When two becomes one!

When two becomes one!

It was a lovely day to fly at Chatteris on Sunday low wind, sun and few clouds to give the sky some context! Today I was to complete my 7th hour of solo by flying out over the drains, practicing straight and level[...]
Local flying and few practice emergency landings

Local flying and few practice emergency landings

Today was solo to build my solo hours and practice some forced landings, but before I did them I was to fly out to Whittlesea, over to March and back to the drains where I would practice the forced landings. Last week I[...]
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To windy to fly today or was it! lesson 16B

Today I went to the airfield fully expecting not to fly due to the wind; it was around 20Kt and gusting higher. Our aircraft was safely tucked up in the hanger, I remember thinking “I will not be flying today, not dual[...]
Navigation not so lost

Navigation not so lost

Well after last week I can say for the first time I was not really looking forward to this week’s lesson, in my previous post you may have picked up on my dejected feeling following my return flight from Fenland. This week I[...]
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One step forward two steps back!

Well if the weather had been better the plan was for me to do a solo navigation to Boston, however it wasn't and I didn’t. Instead we did a dual navigation to Fenland Airfield via Whittlesey Train station thus creating a dog[...]
Navigation to Boston Airfield and Triangle of velocities

Navigation to Boston Airfield and Triangle of velocities

I arrived at Chatteris on what seemed a damp and grey day around an hour before my lesson to plan my flight to Boston as I was nearing the airfield I saw a C42 flying in the circuit and I was thinking[...]
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Rain stops play and I'm not at Wimbledon!

Not a lot to write about today sadly, I arrived early at the flying club in case we were to do another cross country flight, however the weather was closing in to the extent that we first considered me going solo on[...]
Navigation and what does the map say!

Navigation and what does the map say!

Today was looking good for my first proper navigation lesson; Mike had asked that I get to the club an hour beforehand to give him time to go over planning the route, allowing for wind etc. I dutifully arrived at the airfield[...]
Parachutes everywhere!

Parachutes everywhere!

I was first to fly in G-CEGL on Saturday so I needed to “burp” the aeroplane! Burping the aeroplane is required as the Rotax engine has a dry sump, so to get oil into the engine and to be able to get[...]
Two weeks for the price of one!

Two weeks for the price of one!

While I would love the title of this week’s blog to be the reflection of a special offer at the flying club, it’s not. The title refers to the fact that I missed a week of the blog as a few people[...]
ApproBASE Review

ApproBASE Review

I got a tweet from this AviationLOGIC asking if I would review their app ApproBASE so I decided to take a look! For more information on the app visit their website at http://www.aviationlogic.com/ About the ApproBASE App Version 1.1.1 ApproBASE Is a simple but useful app[...]
Forced landings from high altitudes EX16A

Forced landings from high altitudes EX16A

Simon and I set of for our lessons together today, after leaving my house in the pouring rain we thought it wise to call ahead to check if the lesson was still going ahead, there had also been a problem with the[...]
Lesson 15 today, Unusual and Dangerous Attitudes

Lesson 15 today, Unusual and Dangerous Attitudes

Another nice day to fly, a bit bumpy and a little breezy at times, but not as bad as it has been. After a briefing on what happens to the aeroplane when in certain scenarios and asking some questioning of me as to[...]
Solo outside the circuit. Today the flying conditions were good!

Solo outside the circuit. Today the flying conditions were good!

Today the flying conditions were good and this was confirmed by the fact that the numbers of available car parking spaces at the club were limited! As I parked up I saw a couple of aeroplanes I did not recognised taxiing up[...]
I’m leaving the circuit!

I’m leaving the circuit!

Another fun day to fly with variable and gusty wind and some light rain too! Today was too windy to go solo and we were back on my least favourite runway used so far 21 (see previously posted the curse of the trees[...]
Finding my way in navigation!

Finding my way in navigation!

Not a good start to the day as far as flying goes; I normally book my lessons for 14:00 and was about to leave home at around 12:50 when I got a call from Mike. I assumed he must need to move[...]
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First Solo after more circuits and practice engine failures

I took a day off work today to have a double lesson of circuits, I took the day off as the parachute club doesn't normally operate on a Monday, thus allowing me to get more circuits in, so making best use of[...]
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Round and round we go, not in the circuit but advanced turning

Simon and I went over for our lessons together and only just made it there in time due to cars queuing after leaving the car boot sale down the road, note to self to leave a little earlier in future! On arrival Pete[...]
Runway 21 and the curse of the trees!

Runway 21 and the curse of the trees!

There was no flying last week due to the wind, however I went to the club anyway and I took some hooks with me which Katie and I fitted to the cupboard that Pat had built for our Group’s aeroplane, so there[...]
Let them eat cake, oh and a great day to fly and practice my landings!

Let them eat cake, oh and a great day to fly and practice my landings!

What a difference a week makes, last week too wet and windy this week hardly a cloud in the sky and only a light wind. So time to fly, but wait as I'm checking the aeroplane out ready for my lesson Alan[...]
Grounded by the wind and how to take a strobe apart!

Grounded by the wind and how to take a strobe apart!

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford A nice quote from Henry Ford and quite apt after my previous blog post here, but alas when the wind blows[...]
Going backwards in the circuit

Going backwards in the circuit

Another day in the circuit, I don’t mind spending week after week in the circuit especially when I feel like I'm progressing, but today is a day I would rather forget! Anything I could do wrong today I did, I was letting[...]
Web site hits new high

Web site hits new high

The blog hit a new high on Friday 24th Jan with 75 visitors in one day, I know it’s no Google or BBC but I was very pleased nonetheless. Top search terms were “learn to fly” followed by “Microlight VFR” and then “e-Go”.[...]
e-Go reaches significant point in its funding

e-Go reaches significant point in its funding

On the 11th December 2013 e-Go launched on www.SyndicateRoom.com to allow its many supporters and anyone else interested, the opportunity to become a shareholder and part of its exciting development journey. They recently broke the £500,000 barrier, Malcolm Bird of e-Go told Clear Prop “we would[...]
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Crosswind Circuits and Navigation Exam

This weekend I was at the club both Saturday and Sunday, Saturday was to take my navigation exam and Sunday was my lesson. Saturday The navigation exam for me was the most difficult of all the exams, you also get the longest time to[...]
Navigation master class

Navigation master class

Saturday the 4th Jan 2014 the first flight of the New Year; Earlier in the day Mike had called to say the weather did not look promising at Chatteris, but in the hope things had got better, as they were not too[...]
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Flap less takeoffs and landings

Today's lesson was landing and taking off without flaps due to the high wind, we also looked at the effects of adding power while the aeroplane is stalled. I must admit I thought today was going to be lost to the weather like[...]
Circuit Training with a twist - Engine Failure on take-off

Circuit Training with a twist - Engine Failure on take-off

Today (8th December 2013) like the last few weeks was more circuit training, the conditions were a little bit windy to the point that the parachute club next door were not operating, but that didn't stop us! Today's runway is 24*.  I could[...]
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BMAA Flying Show 2013

My first visit to the “Flying Show” Simon and I decided to visit the flying show on Saturday 30 November 2013, we are both relatively new to microlighting and thought this would be a good way to get a broader view of the[...]
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Meteorology Exam

Today 1st December 2013 would have been a lovely day to have gone flying, just look at the blue skies in the photos! However I was visiting the flying club not to fly, but to take my meteorology (NPPL(M)) exam. Simon who[...]
Circuit Training Continues

Circuit Training Continues

Well not long back from another lesson (24 November 2013), and a little disappointed in my performance today, Mike said I was improving it was just that he had increased the ante a little, I'm not so sure! So this is how it[...]
Circuit Training

Circuit Training

16th November 2013, Today’s lesson we continued to fly the circuit as per the previous few lessons, however due to the wind direction we were using runway 24 for the first time in my circuit training. There was very little wind which[...]
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CAA launch new portal for private pilots

New information published on the 25th October 2013 on the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) website aims to help private pilots with some of the most common pilot licensing changes and questions. The pages form part of a new private pilot licensing portal located[...]
e-Go takes to the skies

e-Go takes to the skies

Today 30 October 2013 the new e-Go took to the skies above East Anglia, taking off from Tibenham Airfield, Norfolk and in the background you can see the AAA Microlight's C42. You can read more about e-Go at here There is also a news[...]
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Little Gransden Air Show 2013

25th August 2013, a day I will remember for a long time, no it was not the day of my first solo that is still to come, in fact I was not long into my training on the 25th. This was the day[...]
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My next few lessons

My next few lessons built on the things we covered in the first lesson and introduced Climbing, Descending and Medium level turns. There is not too much to say about these, other than a lot focus is given to learning the correct[...]
First Lesson

First Lesson

The day of my first microlight flight arrived (18 July 2013) so around an hour beforehand I set off to Chatteris, feeling both excited and nervous. I arrived at the club and met Mike & Katie, Mike discussed what we would be[...]
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My first visit to AAA Microlights

After searching on the internet, ringing around and exchanging emails with various clubs, I decided to take the plunge and go and visit AAA Microlights in Cambridgeshire. So on a nice day I took a drive over to Chatteris airfield where they[...]
Birthday Trial Lesson

Birthday Trial Lesson

For my 50 birthday in 2013 I was bought a trial flying lesson as my family knew I always wanted to learn to fly, but could not justify the cost. In the voucher information it said I could take a passenger to[...]
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My first ever flight and why I love flying

My first ever flight was a long time ago in a Cessna 152 from Booker Airfield, now known as Wycombe Air park (http://www.wycombeairpark.co.uk/). I was just 21 and had decided to go on holiday to visit my Aunt and uncle in Australia,[...]