Achieving The Goal Of A Private Pilots Licence

Achieving the goal of a Private Pilots Licence

I finally obtained a Private Pilots Licence in 1991 but learning to fly didn’t come easily to me. I was not a quick learner and took more than the average amount of hours to reach each milestone. I consoled myself with the thought that people who take longer to learn things learn them more deeply….

Carbon Offsetting Airlines

Carbon Offsetting Airlines

In this post I’m going to list schemes run by carbon offsetting airlines 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 foot of this page. Carbon Offsetting Explained…

Vulcan Xm655 Maintenance And Preservation Society At Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield

Vulcan XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield

In this post I introduce you to the Vulcan XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society based at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, near Coventry, Warwickshire, in England. Like so many other people I was captivated by the sight and sound of a Vulcan at air shows during the past three decades. Seeing a Vulcan fly and hearing that…

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Air Hostess Careers

Advantages & Disadvantages of Air Hostess Careers

There are many advantages but also some disadvantages of air hostess careers (as a flight attendant, or as a member of the Cabin Crew). The ongoing demand for air travel is creating fresh opportunities for anyone who wants to work in aviation. If you are planning to start an aviation career as a member of…

Goodwood Revival 2002 Warbird Displays – Spitfires, Mustangs

Goodwood Revival 2002 Warbird Displays – Spitfires, Mustangs

This is the earliest footage I still have for the Goodwood Revival. Apologies for the poor quality but it gets better in parts. There are shots of the static displays of aircraft including Ferocious Frankie (P51 Mustang), Hawker Hurricanes, and the famous Spitfire MH434. Lots of take-offs and landings, and some aerobatics. One year, about…

2018 Goodwood Revival – No Air Displays – Update Post Revival

2018 Goodwood Revival – No Air Displays – Update Post Revival

This is a follow up post to the one I published on 5th September, prior to the 2018 Goodwood Revival.  Last week’s post was entitled Goodwood Revival 2018 – No Air Displays. The video version of that post has received over 1,500 views and plenty of comments since it was published a few days ago.  If you…

Goodwood Revival 2018 – No Air Displays

Goodwood Revival 2018 – No Air Displays

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 timetable contains no mention of any…

Chilbolton Observatory – Hampshire’S Finest Abandoned Airfield

Chilbolton Observatory – Hampshire’s Finest Abandoned Airfield

Chilbolton Observatory is one of Hampshire’s finest abandoned airfields. During World War II it was once home to squadrons of Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mustangs, Typhoons, and Vampires. Opened in 1940 as a satellite airfield for RAF Middle Wallop it was used by the RAF and USAAF. After the war it was used for flight tests before…

Flying Lesson Costs And How To Reduce Them

Flying Lesson Costs and how to reduce them

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 a fixed wing Pilot’s Licence for…

7 Essential Tips To Help You Through Ppl Ground School

7 Essential Tips To Help You Through PPL Ground School

For some students the prospect of studying the PPL Ground School subjects is just as daunting as learning to fly itself.  Perhaps you were not top of the class in Maths or English.  Maybe you doubt your own abilities, or is it the thought of speaking on the radio that worries you? The sheer amount…

Now You’Ve Got Your Pilot’S Licence, What Next?

Now you’ve got your Pilot’s Licence, what next?

You’ve finally done it. You’ve got your Private Pilot’s Licence (certificate). After months of study and hard work, you’ve earned it. Now you’re ready to take to the skies and enjoy the freedom of flight. But what comes next? Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your wings. First, be…

Why You Should Learn To Fly (And Start Today)

Why You Should Learn To Fly (And Start Today)

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 were correct at the time (and they should know, being Boeing) then there has never been a better time to learn to fly.  If you…

Aviation Co2 Emissions 2%. Shipping Co2 Emissions 4%.

Aviation CO2 Emissions 2%. Shipping CO2 Emissions 4%.

Aviation CO2 emissions are a hot topic of fierce debate. The news in September 2009 was that the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has revised its estimates and warns that households will need to reduce their carbon emissions by 90% by 2050 in order to offset the growth in aviation comes as a bit of…

Charlie Brown B-17 ‘Ye Old Pub’, German Pilot Franz Steigler

Charlie Brown B-17 ‘Ye Old Pub’, German pilot Franz Steigler

Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is – one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a…