Instructors’ Words of Wisdom

Checking the Checks

Checking the Checks On Saturday 20th March, I gave a brief talk called “Checking the Checks” at GoFly, as part of the “Instructors’ Pearls of Wisdom” session that was held that evening. I have put the slides from the talk here on the School’s website. Also, I have added some explanatory text so, if you missed the talk, it should all still make sense.

Which hand should I fly with?

A question I am asked when people first convert onto the AT.3.  In an extensive (i.e I am old!) flying career I have been subjected to a variety of manufacturer’s products and one thing has been common to them all.  At some point you have to fly with either hand.  Being ex-Navy I have been lucky to fly aircraft that are not designed solely with economy in mind and it is usual for most military aircraft to be flown with the right hand and have the throttle (amongst other controls) on the left.  Many civilian machines (PA28’s, 747’s etc) have the… Read More »

The DV window

I’m not sure that this counts as genuine wisdom, but I thought I would share it anyway. When doing my pre-flight checks on a Warrior, I like to start by entering the cockpit and opening the direct vision (DV) window adjacent to the left seat. This means that, when I’m outside the aircraft, checking the stall warner, I can hear it much more easily through the open window. Then, when I’ve finished my checks and I’m ready to start the engine, the DV window is already open and, when I shout “clear prop”, I can be heard more readily by… Read More »

Crosswind Calculations – Made Easy

I presume you are reading this in a comfortable arm chair, or on a train, or maybe even in a flying school with the rain pounding on the windows. Possibly there’s a favourite tipple in one hand and some gentle music in the air. Under these conditions, if I asked you to do some mental sums (and you were aged over 25), it would probably take you less than five seconds to work out “2/3 of 25”. But now imagine the situation when you are at the holding point for runway 24: you call “ready for departure” and the tower… Read More »

Keeping the Licence valid (NPPL)

In case you didn’t know, the rules have changed… Those of you with the UK National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) may be aware that all renewals/revalidations were subject to ‘Revised requirements’ published in AIC 30/2008.  These included ‘transitional arrangements’ which were only available up to 30th June 2009 and thus no longer in force. The licence itself (but not the ratings within it) is valid for the holders lifetime.  The ratings within may include; Simple Single Engine Aeroplane (SSEA), Self Launching Motor Glider (SLMG) or Microlight.  Let us consider the SSEP;  this rating relates specifically to the UK NPPL and includes any simple single engined aeroplane (that isn’t a… Read More »

Keping the Private Pilots Licence valid.

You will have spent considerable time, effort and expense to obtain your PPL or NPPL.  Here are a few reminders for new and experienced licence holders on keeping the licence valid, including the ratings within it, and how to renew if you are unfortunate enough to have allowed them to elapse. The period of validity for a UK PPL (not NPPL) depends on when you obtained it and can be checked by looking at the licence itself.  Our more mature flying colleagues will notice a statement on the validity section declaring that the licence is valid for the holders lifetime unless rebuked (if your licence has… Read More »

Abuse of the Navigation Computer

There are two main problems with the “Wizz-wheel” Firstly it is such a clever piece of kit that the various text-books / question books can’t resist setting all sorts of irrelevant problems for you to solve. The only two things you are required to do in the PPL nav. exam.(and in real life for that matter!) are to be able to calculate a heading and ground speed knowing the W/V, airspeed and track, and to be able to calculate cross wind components when the wind is not up and down the runway. So unless you are particularly interested don’t get involved with… Read More »

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