Flight Log: Radio Failure at Wycombe Air Park

The weather forecast promised a great flying weekend, and so I quickly booked G-FIGA for a Sunday afternoon trip. I studied the map for destinations that I haven't flown into yet, and settled for Booker Airfield, a.k.a. Wycombe Air Park! Unfortunately there was no (affordable) PA-28 available and we had to go for a small …

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Flight Log: Shobdon

A few weeks ago, after one of my IR(R) lessons, I met my friend Bartosz at the airfield. He said he had G-BAHF booked all afternoon and was planning to do some flying, so I asked him if I could just ride along. We chose Shobdon as our destination, and he would let me fly …

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IR(R) Training Log: Lesson 7

After my epic last lesson about ADF tracking and NDB approaches it was time to do... some more NDB approaches! Jerry has booked G-BNVE, a 180hp PA-28 with nice Garmin 530/430 avionics, perfect for IFR flying! The only thing was that I had no idea how to use those things... I promise that his blog …

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IR(R) Training Log: Lesson 5 & 6

After mastering VOR tracking in my last lesson it was now time to master ADF tracking. ADF stands for Automatic Direction Finder and it's device in aircraft used to track NDBs, which in turn stands for Non-Directional Beacon.  Once that's done it was time to try my first instrument approach... but first things first: Disclaimer This post contains a truckload of 'published' information …

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IR(R) Training Log: Lesson 3 & 4

After a good night's sleep it was time for day 2 of my IR(R) training. The previous day was very exhausting and so I was a little worried about my fatigue, I definitely didn't feel as fit as the day before, but it all worked out fine in the end. Once I'm in the plane and moving, …

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IR(R) Training Log: Lesson 1 & 2

The day has come: my first few lessons towards the Instrument Rating (Restricted) started today! I showed up at Take Flight Aviation this Tuesday morning at the ungodly time that is 8 a.m. and went straight into my first pre-flight briefing. After a basic introduction about the privileges and restrictions of the IR(R) rating we …

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Flight Log: Shobdon Interruptus

Preflight Sometimes things just don't work out well. This was one of those flights: a friend and I planned a coffee trip to Shobdon near the Welsh border on a sunny Sunday (it's in the name, isn't it?), and I had CY booked again for a 4 hour slot, but this day was supposed to …

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