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Preflight (CTC) take off checks (Part 3)

13 January 2017: Waking up the next morning feeling like I had been sat on by an A380 (Airbus), I hauled myself out of bed.  I had no choice, check out had to be complete by 10am and I had thirty minutes left. I threw my backpack into the luggage storage, made a short hop… Continue reading Preflight (CTC) take off checks (Part 3)

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Indigo zulu zulu yankee at departure point (Part 2)

11 January 2017: The day before the assessment I revived a little.  When you spot yourself in the mirror with two huge black rimmed panda eyes you know you're in trouble.  That morning I got up and did my last bout of pilot aptitude practise tests.  I then followed this up with a fifteen minute… Continue reading Indigo zulu zulu yankee at departure point (Part 2)

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A long taxi to the runway (Part 1)

"I didn't have a dream..  [But I am now] 1 of only 15% who never dreamed of ever becoming a commercial pilot, but is on course to be one." Present day, 12 January 2017: I didn't have a dream....  As a child of expatriate parents, survival was the default mode, and just as well for me… Continue reading A long taxi to the runway (Part 1)

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Lesson 10 – Stalling

Even though I got over 8hrs sleep I still felt groggy, like I do normally on any weekend morning. It's almost like I save my sleep until the weekend, except I sleep over 8hrs per day on weekdays too! Yes people I'm worse than a bear, I hibernate 11 months of the year. Pilot's log book Whilst my friends are… Continue reading Lesson 10 – Stalling

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Lesson 6 – gliding

After lesson 3 it was established that I really had a slight, small, little problem of coming down because my mind just races and I have this feeling bubbling underneath in the bottom of my stomach making me nervous.  So for today's lesson of gliding, the instructor had to first warn me today that as we… Continue reading Lesson 6 – gliding

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Just checking!

Ok, so so far (4.5hrs logged) I've learnt that I'm not at all relaxed while in the aircraft as I still feel overwhelmed by everything -controls, looking out for other aircraft, navigate, learning to interpret all my gauges, flying straight and at the correct altitude, flying at the correct speeds are to name a few.… Continue reading Just checking!

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Lesson 3 – Straight and level, stalling

And did I panic?... I associate it with getting on a roller coaster ride, up to the point where I'm strapped in and going up the highest point I'm fine, it's the down I hate as I left my stomach back at the peak! So this is my 3rd lesson.  The 1st lesson was fun as… Continue reading Lesson 3 – Straight and level, stalling

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Encore/Lesson 1

After my come down from the high I received from seeing such great scenery from my first flight in a microlight, I have to admit I was actually quite disappointed with the experience, mostly because I had been expecting more.  More in terms of hands on with the aircraft.  A microlight being smaller and required very little movement,… Continue reading Encore/Lesson 1

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Microlight (trial flight)

I seriously couldn't pick a better day to take to the beautifully bright blue skies!  The weather was mild, the skies were clear (enough) and the wind was calm.  Perfect. The first part of my adventure was getting to the Strathaven airfield where my trial was booked.  Though Strathaven airfield is on the map there… Continue reading Microlight (trial flight)

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Flying journal – the beginning

After a much needed catch up with a high school friend this weekend, we end up laughing at young impressionable minds as we mimic our favourite tv shows and end up talking about selling old school blazers.  Now that I think about it, in society we talk about young impressionable minds but, is it really just a young… Continue reading Flying journal – the beginning