Tayside Graduates Swell Ranks of Professional Female Pilots
Jun10

Tayside Graduates Swell Ranks of Professional Female Pilots

Two Dundee-based pilots, Rachel Foyle and Kerrin Dutton, are flying the flag for females in aviation, after successfully completing their flight training at Tayside Aviation. Joining Loganair as First Officer, Rachel will be the first student on the BSc Professional Pilot Aviation Practice course at Tayside Aviation to fly Loganair’s ‘Embraer’ jet. Rachel could be on course to become a Captain in just two years. Neil Hughes,...

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Teaching Helicopter Trial Lessons
Jun09

Teaching Helicopter Trial Lessons

During the helicopter instructor course, you get a lot of advice on how to teach each lesson of the PPL(H) course. The novice instructor practises constantly, usually being given a lesson, then having to give it back…and I never got over the weird feeling engendered by pretending to teach basics such as straight and level flying to a 30,000 hour instructor! But you do this for every lesson. Every lesson, that is, except...

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Professional Pilot Flight Training – what does the future hold?
Apr03

Professional Pilot Flight Training – what does the future hold?

Peter Moxham, one of the most influential figures in UK flight training, takes a look at the challenges currently facing the UK professional pilot training industry and what can be done about them. I am unable to recall any time when so many issues face the UK Professional Pilot flight training world – we live in a time of great technological change with new requirements hitting the street every week and a more unstable political...

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Anatomy of an Infringement
Mar25

Anatomy of an Infringement

On the 5th March, the pilot of a light aircraft pleaded guilty in Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court to flying in Luton Airport’s controlled airspace without clearance from air traffic control. The pilot infringed Luton’s airspace several times in the same day during two different flights. The pilot’s actions led to four passenger aircraft and a business jet having to be given avoiding instructions by air traffic control....

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Sometimes Two Heads are Not Better Than One
Feb28

Sometimes Two Heads are Not Better Than One

Soon after I got my PPL(A), back in the dark ages, flying friends suggested that I pair up with another recently qualified pilot. That way, they said, we could share the cost, and also benefit from each other’s experience. One could fly, while the other did the navigation and radio; then we would swap for the next flight. Half the cost, half the work, twice the fun, they told me. A well tried and tested way of gaining...

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Brexit: Act Now to Safeguard Your Licence Privileges and Job!
Nov23

Brexit: Act Now to Safeguard Your Licence Privileges and Job!

Act now….! Is the advice to pilots, instructors and examiners from the UK CAA’s former Head of Licensing and Training Policy, Cliff Whittaker, who outlines how to avoid  the negative implications of a potential “hard Brexit”, and the effects the divorce could have on your licence. It is clearly stated on the CAA website that the CAA and DfT are firmly of the view that the CAA should remain a Competent Authority...

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