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I return to Blackbushe from Blackpool in the piper arrow 3, after meeting up with Plane Old Ben.

While recreational flying has been permitted, and commercial pilot training already back underway, instruction for private pilots is still prohibited.

After 60 days on the ground owing to the Coronavirus restrictions, I was eager to get current again.

In this episode, I have a bit of fun with the X-Plane 11 home simulator, since real flying has been out of the question recently. I practise some engine failures after take off, stalls, and see if I can take off and land a 737 from a short grass airfield.

Before I learnt to fly real aeroplanes, I flew simulated ones on Microsoft Flight Simulator X.  Because of the recent Covid lockdown, I decided to revive my virtual flying.

Just before the we were ordered to ‘stay at home’, I was able to take one last flight.

The Flying Reporter discusses the impact of Coronavirus on general aviation, including how to protect your aeroplane’s engine from corrosion.

PPL Mentor Irv Lee, talks to the Flying Reporter about the exemptions and extensions the CAA & EASA has published, to help pilots with their ratings and medicals affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

There is a little-used procedure to help pilots suffering almost complete instrumentation failure in IMC, to get on the ground safely.

To offset the gloom caused by the worldwide lockdown, you sent in dozens of photos.

Friend of the channel, ATCO Henry Spurgeon at Southend aerodrome asked me if I’d be a guinea pig for some training he needed to do.

Join Plane Old Ben, Rory On Air & The Flying Reporter live on Tuesday at 8pm BST (7pm Zulu).

You’ll need to fasten your seatbelts for this flight from Blackbushe to Turweston.

I learn how to fly a Piper Arrow 3, which has a variable pitch propeller and retractable gear.

I flew to Lydd to practise my night landings, but things didn’t quite go smoothly.