Episode 22 – Aircraft ownership and groups with special guest John Quigley

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1587168005/podcasts/Episode_22_-_Aircraft_groups_and_ownership_with_John_Quigley.mp3 In the second of our video podcasts, Steve interviews fellow microlight pilot and aircraft co-owner John Quigley, who co-owns and flies an Ikarus C42. John’s group has just bought an (almost) new C42B. Steve and John compare notes about both co-owning aircraft, as Steve co-owns a Eurostar EV97, talking about the positives and negatives…

Episode 21 – Flying after a long lay-off

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1585945912/podcasts/Episode_21-Flying_after_a_long_lay-off-Ready_for_Departure_podcast.mp3 We are back! In this latest episode of the Ready for Departure podcast, Steve takes us through a recent flight after a long lay-off, which is something a lot of us leisure pilots are going to have to contend with once the Coronavirus lockdown is lifted by worldwide governments. The plan was to fly…

Episode 9 – The General Skills Test

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1523802692/podcasts/episode_9a_-_The_General_Skills_Test.mp3 Listen as Steve describes taking the General Skills Test in a Eurostar EV-97 microlight for the National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL). Steve explains the various manoeuvres he was tasked with completing by the examiner and talks through his experiences with the process. Some things go very well, some things not so well.

Episode 10 – Navigation

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1523805810/podcasts/episode_10_-_Navigation.mp3 This week’s episode is all about navigation flying. Steve goes through his navigation training, from learning how to make the necessary wind and heading calculations manually (with nothing more than pen, paper, map, ruler and protractor) all the way through to completing one of his Qualifying Cross Country flights – a flight from City…

Episode 20 – Am I Fit to fly?

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1551640213/podcasts/Episode-20-Fit_to_fly.mp3 As we start the second season of the Ready for Departure podcast, Steve describes his decision-making in determining if he was fit to fly. Following a bout of illness, a short recovery, then a relapse, Steve wanted to go flying as it had been quite a while since his last flight. But something wasn’t…

Episode 19 – In-flight Emergency

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1541973317/podcasts/Episode-19-In-flight_emergency.mp3 This episode of the Ready for Departure podcast details an in-flight emergency that Steve recently experienced whilst he was pilot in command of an Ikarus C-42 microlight. Steve and fellow pilot Adrian were returning from Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport when the pilot’s door suddenly blew open, sucking out anything that wasn’t strapped or screwed…

Episode 18 – Differences Training

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1541947942/podcasts/Episode_18-Differences_Training.mp3 In this episode Steve talks about completing differences training on a new type of Microlight aircraft, the Ikarus C-42. Whilst it uses the same Rotax 912 4-cylinder engine that Steve is familiar with, the C-42 is a high-wing aircraft and has some notable differences when compared with the low-wing Eurostar EV-97 aircraft that Steve…

Episode 17 – Landing at a farm strip

https://res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1541351630/podcasts/Episode_17-Short_Farm_Strips.mp3 Fellow microlight pilot Adrian and I decided to see if we could make it to one of the local farm strips to the north of Barton. Rossall Field, which is the base for attitude airsports, a small microlight school  where flexwing, fixed wing and quite rarely, tailwheel microlight flying is taught, came recommended to…

Episode 16 – Where can you fly?

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1532899694/podcasts/Episode-16-Where-can-you-fly.mp3 One of the most common questions Steve is asked when people find out he is a private pilot is “Where can you fly?” In this episode of the Ready for Departure podcast, Steve attempts to answer this question, which is not quite as straightforward as you might think. Steve attempts to dissect the complexities…

Episode 15 – The Liverpool Loop

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1531690443/podcasts/Episode-15-Learning-around-The-Liverpool-Loop.mp3 Steve discusses his latest flight, one he dubs 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 Steve even managed to negotiate a zone transit…

Episode 14 – First Passenger

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1529792208/podcasts/Episode-14-First-Passenger.mp3 In this episode of the Ready for Departure Podcast, Steve talks about his first two flights post-qualification, including his first flight with a passenger. Steve has now gained his UK National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) and took Kat on a tour of the North West’s motorway network, since this was something she had requested…

Episode 13 – The Flying Widow

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1528148350/podcasts/Episode-13-The-Flying-Widow.mp3 In this episode of the Ready for Departure podcast, Steve is joined by his first guest, his wife Kat. Join Steve and Kat in this special podcast episode where they talk about what is was like “from the other side” and how the support of his friends and family helped Steve during the difficult…

Episode 12 – Fun Frustration Impatience Relief and Happiness

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1526242127/podcasts/Episode-12-Fun_Frustration_Impatience_Relief_and_Happiness.mp3 Steve has completed the final flight of his NPPL training for qualification of a his private pilot’s licence. It has been a long time coming and Steve describes some of the frustrations he experienced, talks about how impatient he became at times as his second and final qualifying cross country flight was cancelled numerous…

Episode 11 – New Airfields New Procedures

https://media.blubrry.com/readyfordeparture/s/res.cloudinary.com/eastlancs/video/upload/v1525092272/podcasts/Episode-11-New-Airfields_New-Procedures.mp3 In this week’s episode, Steve talks about flying with his instructor to Sleap Airfield in Shropshire. Experiencing lots of new and different procedures for the first time proved to be a huge challenge, including navigating the extremely narrow Manchester Low Level Corridor, which is in between Manchester and Liverpool’s controlled airspace. As a navigation…