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A Flight In A Sea King – For All The Wrong Reasons

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

One of our Operations Staff, Tom Rule, recently required the services of HM Forces whilst on holiday in Cornwall. He tells his story here; “On Monday 23rd July whilst at Crantock beach in Newquay enjoying the summer sun with another family and my own, I decided to go for a stroll along the beach. After lapping up the prime surfing conditions in the water, I was quite exhausted and had figured that a walk with the men would be just the relaxing therapy I needed before continuing to surf. After a short walk, my Dad turned and proposed that we try… Read More »

Words from Geoff Prout CFI

A couple of recent accident reports have caught my eye and caused me to ponder their application to the sort of flying we do at Old Sarum. In the first instance a Bonanza – one of the strongest singles ever manufactured, had totally disintegrated in a severe thunder storm: all occupants died. What bad luck you might think! But there was clear forecast evidence of the inevitability of the encounter but uncertainty whether the 1000 hour pilot had viewed or correctly interpreted the information. In our UK environs with the excellent free Met office (and many other) web-based weather sites, there can be no excuse… Read More »

Words From the Deputy CFI

This month we also have a short article written by our deputy CFI David Wood. As many of you will be aware, Geoff is having a short period away from the flying school and during this time David will be assuming the CFI responsibilities. Here are some words from him: What’s the worst thing that can happen to you when flying? Well, aside from flying into something solid I’d guess that most of us who fly singles would say that a sudden and unexpected silence up-front is about as bad as it gets. Strictly speaking, of course, it’s not the engine failure that’s going to… Read More »

Olympic Airspace Restrictions – EGLS Specific

As part of the Olympic Airspace Restrictions, all flights from Old Sarum will require PPR via telephone or email – NOT via RTF. This includes locally based and home based flying school aircraft. Full details can be found on the Old Sarum Airfield website here. This requirement is for the period 21st July 2012 to 15th August 2012.

Olympic Airspace Feedback

Some feedback and FAQs from Atlas Control concerning the Olympic Airspace restrictions and raised questions/issues can be found here.

Words From the CFI

We were fortunate to have Irv Lee, one of the CAA’s accredited experts, to brief us on the routines to be followed with regard to the Restricted and Prohibited Airspace associated with the 2012 London Olympics. Irv’s message was very positive – “Keep on flying but respect the rules.” Did you know for example that within 10 miles of Old Sarum the base of restricted space goes down to 2000 feet? If you don’t then it’s a shame you didn’t turn up to the meeting and you’d better start going through the mountain of paper work associated with the event. Thanks also to… Read More »

GPS Jamming

Anyone who reads the NOTAMs will know that from time to time trials of GPS jamming occur “officially” in the UK – we had one recently in the Salisbury Plain area. But did you know that several thousand internet purchased jammers are reported to be in use in UK? The main market for these seems to be truckers who wish to avoid being tracked by their bosses but clearly there are implications for aircraft, particularly at low level. So be sure to maintain your basic navigation skills, using the truly amazing GPS as a secondary aid.

In-flight Electrical Fires

These are relatively uncommon but require careful handling if they occur. I’ve deposited an excellent AOPA Safety Brief which summarises actions to be taken, available in Ops.

Night VFR

Not relevant with the long summer evenings, but the change in regulations which I outlined recently have been delayed till mid-September. They’re also slightly different from what I outlined. Hence be forewarned that when the dark evenings return you’ll need to check again if you’re planning to fly at night.

Mini TAFs

Have you noticed that certain Metars give further coded information after the QHN? Boscombe often does as well as Brize, Yeovilton and even Heathrow. This will only occur when there is a forecaster (as opposed to a trained observer) on the premises (as opposed to one at the Met Office at Exeter). The information which is added indicates what the met-man reckons will happen in the next 2 hours. This information is very worthwhile as it will be right up to date, as opposed to the TAF which can be up to 6 hours old. Furthermore, the forecast is made by someone who has… Read More »

Flying Adventure to Norway

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Ben No Comments

One of our Pilot’s Club Members, Micheal Thompson, recently took part in a flying adventure to Norway. An article of the trip is available here; FLYER May – Flying Adventure (reproduced with kind permission of FLYER Magazine, )

January 2012 Air Information Circulars

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Ben No Comments

If you have plans to fly in the region of Manchester  or Norwich you should have a look at AICs 002 and 003/12 as these detail significant airspace changes. However, these do not come into force until March 18th so should be included in the new  half-mil. chart which comes out at that time.  

Words From The CFI, Geoff Prout

“Pearls of Wisdom 27th January.” Thanks to those of you who came to this part social/part educational evening which was well attended. However I was disappointed by the poor turn-out of our current students and the majority of our Pilots’ Club members. Frankly, while we’re delighted to welcome all-comers, it for this group of regular flyers that we organise these get- togethers. Are we doing something wrong? Are the topics not of interest or the presentations sub-standard? If so please let me know your thoughts and we’ll try to organise things differently. Or maybe you’d like presentations on a weekday evening?… Read More »

Words from Geoff Prout, CFI

Late last year there was a flurry of legislative activity regarding Licensing and Ratings. If you’re not clear about the difference between these terms talk to a friendly FI before going any further! These notes are all about Licenses. 2012 is the year that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) take over Flight Crew Licensing with a view to harmonising it throughout Europe. Virtually all light aircraft pilots, including yourself, will be affected. To this end the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have produced a guide to what they think will be the result of the new rules, and it can… Read More »

Congratulations to Melanie!

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations also go to Melanie De-Watts who passed her proficiency check today and re-gained her licence.  Well done Melanie!

Congratulations to Jeremy!

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Jeremy Leasor who went solo again today for the first time in 32 years – well done Jeremy!

Words from Geoff Prout, CFI

Be prepared to expect the unexpected, especially regarding our capricious winter weather. I came unstuck recently and I am happy to report certain short-comings on that occasion. It had been a standard sort of day with the usual scrabble to put aircraft to bed and get notes written at the end of a full day’s flying. Although it was after sunset, it was still legal daytime with decent light as I took off from runway 24 for return flight to Lee. I hadn’t checked the met, though I had looked at it a couple of hours before. To my surprise… Read More »

Congratulations to Dwayne Murray

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Ben No Comments

Well done to Dwayne who went solo for the first time today – congratulations!

Welcome to Bishop Nicholas and Archbishop Daniel

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Ben No Comments

We welcomed the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam – the new Bishop of Salisbury, Archbishop Daniel – the Archbishop of Sudan, and Vanda Perrett to Old Sarum Airfield yesterday. Bishop Nicholas said he had a special and memorable flight with us, enabling him to see his Deanery from the air and enjoy taking control of an aircraft for the first time!

October 2011 Air Information Circulars

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Ben No Comments

Sit back and relax – there aren’t any. However, if you feel like improving your mind, the FAA have just produced a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin regarding Fuel Contamination. I’m sure Google would find it for you or use As most of the School aircraft live outdoors, be particularly cautious after heavy rain (or pressure washing) particularly if the fuel cap is the flat fit type rather than the ones with an overlapping rim. Have a look at the seals to be sure they are in good condition. If there is any water in the fuel sample repeat drainage… Read More »

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