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Clocks Go Forward

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Clocks go forward one hour at 0100 tomorrow morning; TAFS, METARs and NOTAMS will still be displayed in Zulu (i.e. unchanged) time.

“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.

The 2015 Roll of Honour

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Today is the last day of flying in 2015 for GoFly. Many thanks to all our students, private hirers and staff that made this an awesome year! We present to you the 2015 GoFly Roll of Honour, and congratulate all those who qualified for inclusion this year.   The GoFly 2015 Roll of Honour    PPL Skills Test Pass Jason Hearn Stephen Brindley Emma Taylor Private Ferdinando Jason Bamford Will Thomas Kristen Steele Hristo Karadzhov Nick Jenkins   Qualifying Cross Country Completion Hristo Karadzhov Emma Taylor Private Ferdinando Clive Huntley Steve Springett  Kristen Steele Nick Jenkins John Goldsmith   First… Read More »

GASCo Safety Evening at Old Sarum

Posted on: December 19th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

The GASCo Safety Evening for Old Sarum will be held at 7pm on Thursday March 10th, at the Boscombe Down Aviation Museum (next door to us). This event is free and open to all; please feel free to come on down! Please enquire at Ops for details (enquiries@goflyuk.com or 01722 212077)  

Christmas Voucher Sale

Posted on: December 5th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Looking for an awesome Christmas present to give? We’re currently offering trial lessons from £99 over the Christmas period. Check out the online shop here, or give Ops a call to give someone the gift of flight this holiday season!

CAA Safety Sense Leaflets

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

The CAA Safety Sense leaflets offer excellent information on a wide range of topics relevant to the private pilot, from good airmanship, to the use of GPS, to aircraft performance and many more. Our instructors highly recommend them to our students and pilots alike; and as we move into winter, we’d very much recommend reading at least Safety Sense Leaflet 03; Winter Flying! The full list of leaflets can be found here in .pdf format;

Old Sarum Airfield Status Page

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

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; http://www.oldsarumairfield.co.uk/index.php/facilities/airfield-status We normally check this as part of our daily preflight briefing, and would recommend you do too!

Own or Group Aircraft Bookings

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

If you’d like to booking training in your own aircraft, our online bookings system is now set up to show own (or group shared) aircraft bookings. When you make a booking, simply select “Other Aircraft” as opposed to one of our own, and select the desired times, instructor and flight type as normal. Then enter your aircraft registration in the “Slot Display Text” field (see left hand photo below). Your booking will then show under your account, with the aircraft displayed via the new “other aircraft” section of the booking sheet (see right hand photo below).

From the Chief Flying Instructor; PPL GPS Navigation Training.

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

We now are including formal training in the use of the GPS functionality into our navigation syallabus. This will be done in a session after the basic nav.training but before the QXC (qualifying cross country) and will comprise ground training and use in flight. Folders with relevant information are to be found in briefing room 1. GPS 430 simulators have been installed on each of the briefing room computers (as this previous post refers). Although appreciating the more complex facilities of the GNS430 is the ultimate goal, at the pre PPL Skills Test stage interpretation of the map, use of the… Read More »

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 »

Remembrance Day

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Please note today there will be no aircraft movements permitted at Old Sarum between 10:55 and 11:05; this is to allow a two minutes silence at 11:00 for Remembrance Day. The following NOTAM refers; Q) EGTT/QFALT/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5106N00147W005 B) FROM: 15/11/11 10:55 C) TO: 15/11/11 11:05 E) AD CLOSED TO ALL MOVEMENTS EXCEPT IN AN EMERGENCY. THE AD WILL OBSERVE 2 MINUTES SILENCE AT 1100

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 »

Remembrance Sunday

Posted on: November 8th, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Please note today there will be no aircraft movements permitted between 10:50 and 11:05; this is to allow a two minutes silence at 11:00 for Remembrance Sunday. This NOTAM refers; Q) EGTT/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5106N00147W005B) FROM: 15/11/08 10:50 C) TO: 15/11/08 11:05E) AD CLOSED TO ALL MOVEMENTS EXCEPT IN AN EMERGENCY. THE AD WILL OBSERVE A 2 MINUTE SILENCE AT 1100  

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 »

Newsletter Out!

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Ben Koprowski No Comments

Our latest email newsletter is out – it contains some useful information and tips from our C.F.I, Student News, articles from our F.I Ben about Online Bookings and GPS. If you’d like to receive it and haven’t, please email enquires@goflyuk.com to be put on the mailing list!

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.  

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