Clear air turbulence or CAT for short is an aviation phenomenon that can suddenly occur in cloudless areas, causing a buffeting effect on aircraft. It can happen in the absence of any visual clues like clouds and is most prevalent during the winter months of the year, particularly when flyingContinue Reading

Air Show Fans

You set off in good time only to be held up on the motorway, so you arrive late, join the queue for the car park, and eventually park about a mile from the main entrance. You walk across the grass, reminiscing about a misspent youth at the Glastonbury Festival, andContinue Reading


For many pilots and aviation enthusiasts the idea of being able to fly in a Spitfire is probably on their bucket list if not at the top of it.  With the restoration of these thoroughbred warbirds at an all time high Spitfire flights are more easily obtained than at any other time since World War II.Continue Reading

carbon offsetting schemes for international aviation

In this post I’m going to list those airlines that have carbon offsetting schemes, as well as other ways of compensating for the carbon footprint and environmental impact of your travel choices. If you’d prefer to watch a video version of this post there’s one here and at the footContinue Reading

HopFlyt Venturi

In this post/video I list many of the companies involved in the field of Urban Air Mobility and the aircraft in development. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the term applied to VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles designed to carry one or moreContinue Reading

After 19 years of thrilling the crowds with spectacular air displays it seems the Goodwood Revival 2018’s aviation activities will be confined to the static displays and pre booked pleasure flights. The days of a Goodwood Revival air show are over, for this year at least. The 2018 Revival’s timetableContinue Reading


Learning to fly and obtaining a Private Pilot’s Licence isn’t cheap but you can avoid unnecessary expense with a little forward planning.  Flying lesson costs will vary but in the long run the cheaper hourly rate may not be your best option. In this post I discuss the cost of obtaining aContinue Reading

Airshows are a great day out for individuals and families. They can be enjoyed by anyone from aviation enthusiasts to those who may not a first consider themselves interested in aircraft, but who enjoy the spectacle and the occasion.  With that in mind here are 5 essential tips for enjoying airshowsContinue Reading

learn to fly

In July 2015 the aerospace giant Boeing predicted that the world would need 558,000 new pilots during the next twenty years.  If this forecast for half a million pilots jobs is correct (and they should know, being Boeing) then there has never been a better time to [easyazon_link identifier=”B008J6GYF2″ locale=”UK”Continue Reading