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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2017 Challenges

Okay, so here's the plan: every year, I'm going to set myself some challenges that I'll try to accomplish in the aviation world. These challenges should reflect my progress in some way, e.g., new flying locations, ratings or aircraft types. So, considering that I'm a bloody beginner, what should be my challenges for this year?