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  Crossing one of the busiest sections of UK airspace in a light aircraft can appear a daunting prospect, but in practice it’s not as difficult as it might seem.  On this trip through London Gatwick’s Class D controlled airspace I had an expert in the cockpit with me –  an air traffic controller who works in the tower at the airport.

The standard overhead join is a common method of joining an aerodrome circuit in the UK.  It often causes confusion, and isn’t universally loved.  In my latest video I attempt to demonstrate how it is flown.

Can you spot The Flying Reporter’s silly mistake?  On this routine departure from Elstree aerodrome in my PA28, I let something slip.  See if you can spot what it was.

In my latest video, viewer Jack Fox treats me to a tour of London in a Cabri G2 helicopter.  It beats the London Eye hands down!  

The Flying Reporter Vs Plane Old Ben.  Britain’s best known YouTube pilots challenge each other to a hover-off.

In this video, The Flying Reporter questions the effectiveness of his visual scanning technique, after two reasonably close encounters with other traffic on a short local flight.  A misjudgement of the approach at Lydd  also forces a go-around.

For pilots to be able to carry passengers at night, they must have a night rating, and have performed one take off and landing at night in the previous 90 days.  Through the summer, it becomes difficult to maintain that currency, but now that the nights have started drawing in, I was able to take a short local flight in the dark, and have made this video of the trip.   Flying at night is completely different from a daytime trip.  If you’re VFR, then you’ll find you’ll have to adapt to the different way towns, roads, cities and landmarks

Experiencing glider flying for the first time.

This was an extremely satisfying flight, due mainly to it’s simplicity and accuracy.  Biggin Hill was shrouded in low cloud, and so I departed the aerodrome IFR, soon climbing above the clouds.  I surfed the clouds for 20 minutes, before ducking down through a gap, to arrive at Lydd VFR.

In August 2017 I was invited by NATS to film a piece about their Lower Airspace Radar Unit at Farnborough Airport.  It provides services to aircraft flying around London’s main airports up to FL100.

In this flight, I join banner pilot Simon Moores, as he tows his aerial message over Brighton Pride.

The Flying Reporter is taken for a short flight in a C42 microlight from Deanland airfield in East Sussex with Tom Harding from Flight Sport Aviation.

This is a return leg – flying from Shoreham to Biggin Hill.  In this flight I talk to the student pilot who experienced a terrifying Airprox near Eastbourne.

I practise some instrument flying, concluding with an RNAV approach to Shoreham.

John Wildey is not a pilot, but in 2013 he had to land a Cessna 172 when the pilot died mid flight.  John asked if I’d take him for a ride in Oscar Romeo.