I attempt my first, really short, short-field take off. I fly from Redhill’s runway 25, just 498m long.
My son and I diverted to Leicester on our way back from Sherburn in Elmet after he fell ill due to the turbulence. We weren’t able to complete our journey for another 3 days because of bad weather.
Biggin Hill Airport has told the three based flying schools there, that their leases will not be renewed. This effectively means that ab-initio training at the aerodrome will cease in six months’ time.
It took nearly two hours to defrost Oscar romeo, fit cameras, and get the engine started for my last return trip of 2017. My destination was Kemble, a lovely tarmac strip in the Cotswold district.
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.
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….
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 this flight, I join banner pilot Simon Moores, as he tows his aerial message over Brighton Pride.
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.