Alex Brett

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Straight and Level (2)

The weather forecast had been looking promising, and I woke up to a good METAR and TAF, so I didn’t bother calling to check the weather and just went down to the airport. While waiting for my instructor (Susan this time) to get back from her previous lesson, I had a chance to have a …

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Straight and Level (1)

I checked the METAR when I got up this morning, and for the first time ever I saw CAVOK which was nice to see – the wind looked like it could be an issue, but it would depend on what it was doing by the time the lesson started. I go to the aero club, …

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Effects of Controls (2)

Today both the weather and my health (I developed a cold over the weekend which meant I cancelled the lesson I had booked for yesterday as I wouldn’t have been fit for it) came together and I finally got another lesson. When I got to the airport I wasn’t sure if the lesson was going …

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Weather

Just a quick update to say that unfortunately all 3 flying lessons I’ve had booked this week have been cancelled due to bad weather, which after last weeks was also cancelled is starting to get really frustrating 🙁 – I suppose it could be worse though, at least I am learning during the week when …

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Medical

No flying this week as the lesson I had booked was cancelled due to bad weather, but I did get one thing out the way – my CAA medical. I don’t actually need to have one of these until I fly solo (which won’t be for another 2 or 3 months at least), but I …

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Effects of Controls (1)

I’d originally booked two lessons this week on Wednesday and Thursday – unfortunately due to poor weather neither of them happened. Fortunately there was a space for this morning, such that with a bit of rearrangement of my day I could fit it in, and fortunately the weather was good enough… I’d already had the …

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Ground Lesson

Today was my ground lesson – the idea of this was to cover all the procedures on the ground (pre-flight checks etc), and learn how to taxy around the airfield. I arrived a bit early, and while waiting for my instructor to finish the previous lesson saw another Hercules being tugged around, and a pair …

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Trial Lesson

Yesterday I had a trial flying lesson with Cambridge Aero Club at Cambridge Airport. I’d decided to do this before signing up for the course in case I discovered I was petrified once in the air etc (while I had been up in a light aircraft before, I was about 14 or 15 at the …

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Introduction

Well, what to write on my first blog post I wonder, I suppose an introduction to what this blog will be about is probably a good start… The primary reason I’m starting this is I’ve recently decided to learn how to fly and get a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), and having read a few blogs …

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