Rossall Field to Barton 04-08-2018

After a brilliant visit to Rossall Field in Cockerham, Lancashire (home to The Bay Flying Club), Adrian piloted us back to City Airport Manchester (Barton). Apologies for a little bit of bad language, but its not too bad 🙂 Full ATC from start to finish.

Barton to Rossall Field 04-08-2018

On Saturday 4th August 2018, Adrian and I flew G-CDOA (one of Mainair’s Eurostar EV-97 aircraft) from City Airport Manchester (Barton) to Rossall Field which is home to The Bay Flying Club in Cockerham, Lancashire. A very quiet but welcoming field, with the narrowest strip I have ever landed on. Well worth a visit. NOTE:…

Liverpool Loop 15-07-2018

I call this “The Liverpool Loop”, since it involves a flight which starts and ends at City Airport Manchester (Barton) but follows the edge of Liverpool’s controlled airspace in a loop. The journey touches on the tip of North Wales and also includes a zone transit over the Airbus facility at Harwarden, where the Beluga…

Barton to Caernarfon 07-07-2018

Adrian and I took a Mainair Eurostar EV-97 to Caernarfon for the afternoon. Adrian flew there, I flew back. Real team effort and some great laughs along the way (some at the expense of Rory On Air, sorry Rory!!!) Audio recorder storage was full, so unfortunately the ATC and headset comms cuts out half-way through.…

First passenger 10-06-2018

On 10th June 2018 I took my first passenger flying post-qualification. Kat wanted to see motorways and motorway junctions, since she used to work in Highways and spent a lot of time looking at motorways through cameras from the control centre. We flew over the M60, M62, M61, M65, M58 and M6 motorways.

First post qualification flight 03-06-2018

Barton to Prestwich/Whitefield/Unsworth – Reebok – Leyland – Barton (via Chorley Lakes). My first solo flight post qualification for my NPPL licence. I flew over my house in Unsworth, routing abeam Heaton Park reservoir, over Besses, Hillock and Sunnybank before heading towards Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. From there, tracking the M6 up to the junction of…

You Don’t Need To Be a Millionaire to Fly For Fun

When thinking about private pilots who fly themselves around the country, most people conjure up images of millionaire playboys, movie stars or high flying businessmen (no pun intended) jetting around in high-tech luxury learjets. However, flying an airplane purely for fun does not have to be solely the hobby of the rich and famous. Last…

I’m learning to fly

Last year I began learning to fly. I am working towards my private pilot’s licence and as well as the significant amount of flying time required to qualify, there has been a fair amount of studying and exams to pass. This has inevitably meant that something else had to give and as a result there…