Right-Hand Seat Flying with no Training
Oct17

Right-Hand Seat Flying with no Training

Report Text: Towards the start of February, a newly qualified friend and I decided to take our C150 to a shortish grass strip. My friend who had only received his licence a few weeks prior was Captain/PIC and wanted to practise some short field landings and we chose the best location for it -a 700m well-kept strip with hedges at either end of the runway. The flight to the airfield was uneventful, the weather was perfect VFR and...

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8.33kHz Radio Concerns
Oct15

8.33kHz Radio Concerns

Report Text: This is not an incident report but a general observation in response to a number of reports of 8.33 radios being operated incorrectly. My club has three aircraft and as a result of EU rulemaking we now have five different radios in the fleet and two different transponders. The new radios are significantly more difficult to operate than their predecessors. Some have a system where the rotary knob changes all three...

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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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Teaching Threat and Error Management
Nov02

Teaching Threat and Error Management

Include threat and error management from the beginning of flight training. For an activity peppered with so many potential hazards, aviation has achieved a remarkable safety level since its perilous early days, most especially when thinking about public transport (or ‘Commercial Air Transport’) operation in recent decades. Much of the progress in the safety arena has come not just from technological advances per se, but from an...

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Lasham Gliding Society challenge the CAA
Oct20

Lasham Gliding Society challenge the CAA

Lasham Gliding Society (LGS), the world’s largest gliding club, is taking its fight against the newly announced Farnborough controlled airspace to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In a statement the club said: “Lasham Gliding Society is strongly opposed to the CAA’s decision. Contrary to the statements made in the CAA decision document, Lasham Gliding Society considers that the decision to introduce new controlled airspace has...

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