Archive for the ‘News’ Category

EASA Approved Training Organisation

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by admin_rocketmill No Comments

Here at GoFly we always strive to be the best and provide the highest standard and quality of training. It is to this end that we are pleased to announce that GoFly has been accepted as an Approved training organisation (ATO) by the CAA. This places us in the top percentage of schools in the U.K. and is a fantastic tribute to the hard work of our instructors and staff.   We are now able to offer fully EASA complient PPL (Private Pilots License), LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot License), IMC (instrument Meteorological Conditions) Rating, Tail wheel Conversions and Aerobatic License… Read More »

New Telephone Number

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

01722 212 077


Posted on: June 19th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Judg(e)ment.  “Opinion; Critical Faculty; Discernment; Good Sense” As pilots judgement is fundamental to what we do.  We need to assess and correct actions and behaviours all the time to arrive at a safe outcome, e.g. a flight untroubled by either the attention of the  CAA Enforcement Branch or the services of a licensed engineer.  Of course, there is more to it than just not getting found out.  Whilst we use our judgement others judge us and we judge them back in return. So who judges us?  Well, for a start, we are judged by everybody listening to us on the… Read More »

From The CFI June 2013

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Correct R/T. I’m always pleased to read articles which support my own prejudices. I hate pilots using the expression “This is G-ABCD”. If you’re not “G-ABCD” why are you using that call sign? Likewise “We are currently at …..”.    As radio waves travel in milliseconds, where you are is where you are!  “G-ABCD is with you” also came in for similar scorn from the Air Traffic Controller  who wrote the article (Flyer May 2013). He also quoted the infamous R/T exchange where the pilot finished his clearance read back with the words “and we’re now at take-off” to which the… Read More »

June Newsletter

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

We’ve just sent out our June Newsletter. If you didn’t get it, and would like to, please email or comment on this post and we’ll fire one off to you pronto.

Geoff’s Infamous Dealings with the French Police!

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

“Schadenfruede”!   This is not an aviation term, but according to the Concise Oxford dictionary means “the malicious enjoyment of another’s misfortunes”. Now if you are a kindly, sensitive sort of person, read only the ‘Lesson for the Month’ on the right. If however you fancy a dose of Schadenfruede, read on. It had been a tricky journey to south west France with a low freezing level and layered cloud across the Channel, so I was rather pleased with myself when we safely arrived at Limoges in the mid-afternoon March sun. I was a bit put off by being asked to… Read More »


Posted on: June 2nd, 2013 by Ben No Comments

I’m particularly pleased to tell you that Sir Christopher Benson has agreed that subject to some fairly stringent checks GoFly will be permitted to operate his immaculate Grumman Tiger AA5-B G-BOZZ. Why am I so pleased? Well apart from the fact that it’s a delight to fly and cruises beautifully at 115 kts. on 33 ltrs. an hour. I used to own a share and came across this picture taken a Old Sarum in 1994! I shared her with a Cathay training captain and a consultant chest physician so always felt very safe in their company! My only anxiety was… Read More »

Red Tape Challenge

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Minister without Portfolio, Grant Shapps has called on the General Aviation sector to tell the Government how it can make their lives easier by cleaning up regulations and removing red tape. The Government launched its Aviation Red Tape Challenge last year, looking at regulations that affect the sector – more than half of which will now be scrapped or improved. It now wants to go further and look in more detail at the problems that affect SMEs and people in the general aviation sector. As of 11 April, anyone with an interest in General Aviation has the opportunity to share… Read More »

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 »

Chris Gibbs First Solo

Posted on: May 18th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Congratulations to Chris Gibbs, who just flew his first solo flight! Well done to Chris from all at the GoFly Team

IMC Rating – Get it before it goes!

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

The IMC course is a natural step forward for those who have their Private Pilots Licence. It permits pilots to fly safely in poor weather conditions and is a fantastic addition to a pilot’s toolkit of skills to help them return home safely if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Flying in IMC conditions can be challenging, rewarding and fun but only if you know what you are doing! Additionally, anyone who has an IMC Rating by April 2014 will automatically get the new IR(R) when the EASA regulations come into force, which they will then keep for… Read More »

PPL Ground Exams

Posted on: May 12th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

A new set of exam papers will be released on 1st September. Although in future there will be 9 (as opposed to the present 7) ground exams, the total syllabus is roughly the same. Note that the various “PPL Confuser” type books may not reflect this. One significant change, however, will be the fact that after 1st September all exams not yet completed will have to be passed in 6 sessions, a session being 10 days long. Why this should be, don’t ask me but it might be a good reason for voting UKIP next time round! Any exam passes… Read More »

Nat Webber Passes Skills Test

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Big congratulations to Nat Webber,  who has just passed his PPL skills test. Well done to Nat from all at GoFly.

April Newsletter

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Our April newsletter has just be sent out – if you didn’t receive it and would like to, please email

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 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 »

Larry Bax

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

Here is an inspiring story by one of our former regulars, Steve Randal, about an truly remarkable man. Thank you Steve for sharing this incredible story. It’s the middle of 1995, almost 6 years B.I. (before iPod!). Take That are at number one and Stephen Hendry was just about to make the first televised 147 snooker break. These were exciting times indeed! I’d soloed at Southampton Airport a few years earlier and finally saved up enough money to finish my PPL. A wrong turn, fate perhaps, had led me to Old Sarum Airfield and it seemed to be a very… Read More »

New Booking System

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

We now have a new online web-based booking system for our PPL students and private hirers. Please visit – in order to obtain a login name and password please email Ops via

David Scouller – A Life In Aviation

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

On behalf of all those who attended the above event this last Saturday, many thanks to David for his fascinating talk. David gave an overview of his flying career, from basic training on the Piston Provost, his time flying RAF Javelins, his service at the Empire Test Pilots School, and his varied civil aviation career, which included time on airships and many other name a few! David also mentioned Robert Smith-Barry during the talk; Smith-Barry created a system of flight training during World War One in order to give proper training to RFC pilots. This system is still the core of… Read More »

GAPAN Flying Scholarships 2013

Posted on: February 15th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

The Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators (GAPAN) are currently seeking applicants for their flying scholarships to be flown in the summer of 2013. Several full PPL Scholarships are available due to the generosity of external benefactors and the Guild’s charitable Trusts. Candidates must be over the age of 17 on 1 June 2013. More information and application forms can be found here;

David Scouller – A Lifetime in Avation – NOW FULLY BOOKED

Posted on: February 10th, 2013 by Ben No Comments

All seats are now fully booked for the event on the 23rd of February. If you have not booked in through the website or the Flying School, please do not turn up on the day to squeeze in at the back – we are in the GoSkyDive briefing room for the lecture, not the Skies cafe (which has undergone rearrangement), and we do not have sufficient capacity for extra people above the stated capacity of the briefing room. If you would still like to attend, please inform Ops (01722 444890 or and we will add you to a waitlist in… Read More »

Page 4 of 11« First...23456...10...Last »