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The flying agoraphobic goes solo!

It’s not easy learning to fly when you have travel phobias and chronic fatigue… As a few of you who know me will realise, I have gone out of my way to conquer things starting last year by learning to fly microlights at Hadair Microlight Airsports, at Halfpenny Green Airport. It’s been a lot of fun, and very challenging. Thanks to my Buddhism for helping me to maintain a slightly calmer state of mind, and to Dr Sarah Myhill for her chronic fatigue mitochondria support regime I am continuing to steadily improve, so that I can now have a bit of energy left over from my work day to enjoy some leisure activities.

I must say a huge thank you to Les, my instructor. He has the patience of a saint, and one of the most calming influences I could ever hope for in the air. I must also give my continued thanks to Steve Wilkes, owner of Hadair for letting me loose in his microlight aircraft, and his own brand of encouragement (more akin to a boot up the arse, but sometimes it’s required!) and for running the most friendly – yet serious – flight school. Read More…

Radio Telephony Exam – Passed today!

Just a quick update to my flying diary. Today was the culminative ground school, and practical examination for my FRTOL (Flight Radio Telephony Operators License – aviators love acronyms!). Last week I managed to pass the written test, which wasn’t too bad – just a multiple choice paper. This week it was somewhat more stressful. Read More…

Flying weather = whether we go flying

Having now completed just a little over 8hrs as PUT (Pilot Under Tuition), I’m starting to take more notice of the weather than even your average Englishman. I recently started flying circuits, and it was apparent that some further study was required on my understanding of the weather. Meteorology is a huge topic, so today I’m just looking at one of the tools we can use to determine the winds we are likely to encounter en-route. Read More…

The flying agoraphobic

It’s been difficult to make the decision to write this, but I figure if it helps anyone else then it’s well worth it. If it puts any customers off then it’s probably for the best. I have never let one of my customers down in over 7 years of trading, and frankly I’m getting too old to live my life behind a veil of secrecy! Read More…