Instructors’ Words of Wisdom

“I Learned About Flying From That” Evening Event

If you hold your revered Flight Instructor to be infallible and incapable of making mistakes as mere mortals do, then come along to “I Learned About Flying From That”. The evening will focus on previous errors and situations encountered by our FIs, as they recount their past experiences and use of Threat And Error Management (TEM). Please enquire at Ops (01722 212077 or enquiries@goflyuk.com) for further details.

Old Sarum Airfield Status Page

Many of our student pilots and private hirers know to check NOTAMs and Met information before flight. However, most don’t know that Old Sarum Airfield produces a daily Airfield Status page, which includes; -Runway condition information -Boscombe CMATZ status -Parachuting operations status -Salisbury Plain Danger Area information (at weekends) -Any other relevant Old Sarum Airfield operational info This page can be found here; We normally check this as part of our daily preflight briefing, and would recommend you do too!

Winter Aviation #3 – Starting Up

As we move into the colder part of the year, we begin to consider winter weather and its implications for aviation here at GoFly. Whilst it’s not all extra chores and precautions – the winter months offer some of the most spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful flying days – there are a few key extra points that all students and private hirers should be aware of. In the third of a four-part article series on winter aviation, we look at winter engine starts. Part of the GoFly engine start checklist is to switch the engine master on, and allow the glow… Read More »

From The Chief Flying Instructor; AOPA Membership

Our CFI, Geoff Prout, talks this month about AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association). Although GoFly is a corporate member and most of the instructors are members, many local aviators are not aware of why we should all belong. The reason is that this organisation is practically the only one that represents us at a national and European  level where most of the far-reaching decisions are made. If they don’t speak for us, no will. So what have they achieved in recent years? Setting up the NPPL which has provided the basis for the LAPL Fought for the retention of… Read More »

Winter Aviation #2 – A-Checks

As we move into the colder part of the year, we begin to consider winter weather and its implications for aviation here at GoFly. Whilst it’s not all extra chores and precautions – the winter months offer some of the most spectacular and breath-taking flying days – there are a few key extra points that all students and private hirers should be aware of. In the second of a four-part article series on winter aviation, we look at winter preflight checks. During the A-check (the check performed on an aircraft before the first flight of the day) normal procedure is… Read More »

Garmin 430 GPS Simulator

Our PA-28 training aircraft are equipped with the highly capable and widely used Garmin 430 Com/Nav GPS systems; this system combines radio, VOR navaid and GPS functions, making it essential for students and private pilot hirers to be familiar with it’s operation.  Garmin have helpfully made a PC-based simulator & manual available, and we regard this simulator as an invaluable training aid at GoFly – it’s much easier (and cheaper!) to familiarise students with the system in slow time using a desk computer. We’d recommend booking groundschool with your friendly flight instructor for a full in-depth brief on the system,… Read More »

Winter Aviation #1 – De-Icing

As we move into the colder part of the year, we begin to consider winter weather and its implications for aviation here at GoFly. Whilst it’s not all extra chores and precautions – the winter months offer some of the most spectacular and breath-taking flying days – there are a few key extra points that all students and private hirers should be aware of. In the first of a four-part article series on winter aviation, we look at ground de-icing. It’s often the case during winter that aircraft parked overnight outside start a new day with a layer of frost… Read More »

Expanding Your Horizons #1 – Going Further

The day that you obtain your license is certainly unforgettable; you are now footloose and flying free (once the CAA has managed to post your license to you!). Most newly minted PPLs will take their friends and family flying, and nearly all will fly to nearby airfields and explore the local area. But many don’t take the opportunity to fully realise one aspect of the potential that a private pilot’s license offers; there are some fantastic destinations within reach of a PPL in a PA28 that are often overlooked or simply not considered. In the first of a five part… Read More »

New Met Office Site – Features Added

The recently launched new Met Office general aviation site has recently been updated; the regional TAF and METAR lists are back by popular demand! The lists can be found here. Bear in mind the “old” Met Office GA site will be retired on 31st December this year. If you’ve not already signed up for the new service, you can do so on this page.  

Thierlet TAE checklist

For those of you who would like an updated version of the GoFly diesel PA-28 checklist, you can download it here!Thierlet TAE Checklist

From the CFI May 2013

Channel Island Airspace One of the great joys of living in the south of England is the possibility of flying to the Channel islands – a truly memorable experience. Two recent publications (IN-2013/053 and AIC Y025/2013 if you want to look at the originals!) draw attention to the change in the Transition Altitude (TA) from the standard 3000ft to 5000ft. I don’t think this will have great impact on the usual VFR/SVFR arrival or departure but does have implication for Instrument rated pilots using the low level airway Q41. Any intending flyer who doesn’t understand Special VFR (SVFR) rules should… Read More »

From The CFI, April 2013

There’s a huge amount of free info. on the web so take advantage of it as you fiddle with your new IPhone or tablet. Although the content is very USA orientated, the tips given on http://www.pilotworkshop.com/tips often remind one of neglected areas of technique and good aviation practice. They send a weekly topic with occasional publicity thrown in. It’s easy to unsubscribe if you don’t like it. Learn about leaning and why you should be doing it. It used to be that fuelling an aircraft was a relatively small expense along side maintenance and hangarage but that has all changed… Read More »

Words From Geoff Prout, CFI

Goodbye and good riddance to 2012 which has been a rotten year for light aviation – in spite of the superb drainage of our runway at Old Sarum, the inclement weather has been discouraging to say the least! But rules and regulations continue to multiply and I remind you that we are now in the JAR-FCL to EASA transition period so be sure to understand how this may affect your licence/rating. Be aware that any EASA ticket will need to certify you are able to speak English! In 2008 the CAA decreed that all UK licence holders were automatically granted… Read More »

Pearls Of Wisdom

Approximately 40 people attended the Pearls of Wisdom event held this weekend. Most of those who came were OSFS pilots or students, but we were happy to see many friends and family attend as well. Geoff Prout & David Wood gave presentations on “How To Go Flying…And Save Money” & “Coping With Engine Failures, Partial And Complete”, respectively. Many thanks Geoff & David, and also to the OSAF staff for the meals & bar service.  

Deputy CFI Words of Wisdom – Steam Navigation and Handraulic Maths

Some things in life are remarkably slow to change, even when there is clear evidence that change is due. Take the way we teach VFR navigation for example. You will all recall being taught VFR navigation using a ruler, protractor, wiz-wheel and so on. Are you a wind-up man or a wind-down man, sir? Perhaps you can’t remember either way. I’m not sure that I could. And of course we were all taught that navigation is not the same as map-reading. Navigation in the air requires the use of dead-reckoning so that as we fly over snowy wastes or oceans deep we can still… Read More »

Words From Geoff Prout, CFI

Listening Squawk for Farnborough (West) ATC As forecast in these columns (as all the best newspapers say) Farnborough have opted to continue with the listening squawk service which they utilised during the Olympics It is 4572 . It can be used when within 8nm of their zone on frequency 125.25 in circumstances where you wish it to be known that you are on frequency although no ATC service has been requested. As your squawk will be taken as unverified and unvalidated I personally think you’re much better off talking to them if the frequency is not too busy. The same applies for 0011 for… Read More »

Instructors Pearls of Wisdom Event

Those of us who were lucky enough to be at the excellent GASCO safety evening last week will all have received a timely reminder of how we can redouble our efforts to be safe and competent pilots. I am therefore keen on informing those who are interested that there will be another useful ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ presentation on Saturday 1st December, aiming to help further develop some of these competencies. This will be a series of two short presentations from our CFI and deputy CFI , Geoff Prout and David Wood respectively. Geoff will be presenting ‘How to go flying……..and save money’ and David will be presenting ‘Coping with engine failures, partial and complete’. Food… Read More »

Deputy CFI Words of Wisdom

Drop, no Stop Have you ever wondered why we check the magnetos at the end of the flight, just before we shut the engine down? I watch people do it all the time as part of their shut-down. But when I ask them why they are doing it, very few have a good answer beyond telling me that that is what they were taught to do. Well, here’s why. The thing to remember is that the magneto switches in an aeroplane are unlike almost all of the other switches we come across. They are shorting switches. They operate in the… Read More »

From Geoff Prout CFI

Physician heal thyself (1) Very many thanks to all of you who sent good wishes to me following my brush with the wrong end of the scalpel – yet another example of it being better to be a giver than a receiver! Recovery proceeds slowly –  both literally and figuratively a pain in the backside. Physician heal thyself (2) I emphasized in a recent newsletter the importance of fully understanding the Metars and TAFs and not overlooking any symbols that you cannot interpret. With some guilt I subsequently recollected an occasion on which I had broken this rule with possible… Read More »

From David Wood Deputy CFI – “Breaking the Routine”

Checklists and drills are jolly useful things. They jog our memories; they help us not to overlook important items. They also take off us some of the mental load at times of stress by ‘automating’ actions or sequences of actions that might otherwise absorb our thought and attention. But they have a downside. Precisely because we sometimes do them without thinking, we also sometimes do them without noticing. And therein lies a peril. Here are some examples: Take the common-or-garden Flapless Approach. If I had a pound for every time I’ve seen this happen then I’d be able to pay… Read More »

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