My Finest Hour

To date, my most comprehensive flight experience came on the 8th April 2014 in the form of a lesson in G-BZWG, a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. Originally, my wife had purchased a one hour flying experience from Panshanger aerodrome as an anniversary gift, but having already had some time in light aircraft cockpits before, I asked them if the experience could be treated more as a lesson – and they were happy to oblige! Continue reading “My Finest Hour”

What’s Really Gone Before – Part II

Following on from Part I of my previous real-world flight experiences, I’ve had a few more in more recent years. In 2008 I visited Malta with a friend. Not long after arriving at the island I saw that there was a seaplane transit service between Valetta and Gozo. Thrilled at the prospect of not only seeing the beautiful island from the air, but also taking off and landing on water, we booked up for a trip and I paid for the co-pilot’s seat. I enjoyed a wonderful up-front cockpit view of the trip and learned a good deal of information from the pilot about operating a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbo-Otter. Enjoy browsing through this aerial gallery of Malta… Continue reading “What’s Really Gone Before – Part II”

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”