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From the Chief Flying Instructor; PPL GPS Navigation Training.

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Ben 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 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 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 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.  

Christmas Opening Hours

Posted on: October 17th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

We will shortly be taking December bookings; please bear in mind that over the Christmas break, GoFly will will close at 15:00 hours local on Wednesday 23rd December. We will reopen at 10:00 on Friday the 1st of January 2016.

Ishmael Martinez’s First Solo

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Ishmael today successfully flew his first solo! Well done from all of us here at GoFly; Ishmael works as an aircraft engineer, and is therefore normally found designing aircraft, however today he took to the skies alone for the first time. Well done Ishmael – we look forward to the rest of your training with us.  

Nick Jenkins Skills Test Pass

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Nick Jenkins, who today passed his PPL Skills Test and is now a qualified pilot! Nick has been one of our most dedicated and hardworking students in recent years, and his perseverance has certainly paid off. He now plans to fly further afield and explore the UK. We wish him well in his future aviating, and he’s earned a big “well done” from all at GoFly.  

Old Sarum Airshow

Posted on: September 13th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Today Old Sarum Airshow in full swing; so far the Spitfires, Gyrocopters, Tutor and RF-4 have displayed. The Ravens just getting airborne! We’re promised a display from the Avro Vulcan and the iconic WW2 B17 later. Come on down and join us at the GoFly stand for the best views! You can find us next to the Control Tower.

Miles Ashley First Solo

Posted on: September 6th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Miles Ashley who did his first solo today! Miles carried out a beautiful landing this morning, and we think his smile will take at least two days to wear off. He’s earned a big “good job” from all the staff here at GoFly. Good work Miles!

John Goldsmith QXC Completed

Posted on: August 29th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to John Goldsmith, who completed his Cross Country Qualifier yesterday! Despite a weather abort yesterday, John had excellent met conditions today, and flew his route in record time. Well done John!  

Hristo Karadzhov

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Hristo Karadzhov, who completed his Skills Test yesterday and is now a qualified Private Pilot. Hristo plans now to fly much further afield, and tells us he has a number of trips to do to destinations in the UK. Good work Hristo!

Kristen Steele PPL Skills Test Pass

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Kristen Steele who successfully passed his PPL skills test today! Now he can focus on the aircraft he is building! We will keep everyone up to date with his progress as he continues to fly. Well done from everyone at GoFly!

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