What’s Really Gone Before – Part I

Having covered my virtual flying adventures  in my last post, I’m now going to reminisce about my (more important) real-world experience to date.

My first flight in a general aviation (GA) aircraft took place in June 2004 when a friend of my cousin offered to take us both up as passengers. At the time, the friend was funding his own training to become a commercial airline pilot and needed to increase the number of flying hours in his log book. We met him at EGTR Elstree and climbed into G-ODEN, a Piper PA-28-161 Warrior. Continue reading “What’s Really Gone Before – Part I”

What’s Virtually Gone Before

While I’m counting off the days until my medical, I thought I would reminisce about some of the aviation related activities that I’ve enjoyed over the years – in this instance, virtual ones. First up, I’ve mentioned elsewhere on the blog that I have previously played Flight Unlimited on my Windows 95 PC. Well, there were some other games I enjoyed too for the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga: Continue reading “What’s Virtually Gone Before”

Primed and Ready

The first step of my journey is to obtain a LAPL medical certificate. Without that, I cannot even start to learn to fly. The examination is less stringent than that required for a Private Pilot’s License (PPL), so I’m reasonably confident that I won’t fail it. However, it would be a shame to fall at the first hurdle! Once the certificate has been issued, I can then make arrangements to join the flying club, obtain my starting equipment and begin my lessons with Devon & Somerset Flight Training at EGTU Dunkeswell.