(Part 2) – With only one more flight lying between me and a Blue Book, I strapped myself into the seat for the last time and prepared to take on the CPL Checkride. THEY WARNED ME that the examiner didn’t speak much – unless something was wrong of course. AlthoughRead More →

Part 1 –This month’s story is about the dreaded CPL Checkride and what it was like: Is it a real-world scenario-based test? Or a box ticking exercise? It was my turn to find out. I FOUND THIS PIECE more difficult to write than most: As much as people encourage us,Read More →

I was spending my afternoon bean-counting. All the ‘one-point-somethings’ in my logbook were steadily adding up towards the ‘Magic 200’ as I counted and test time was near. THE PROSPECT OF SOMEHOW finding a way to accumulate 200 hours had often left my throat dry. But now that it wasRead More →

Sometimes it takes an event or experience to make you understand the true weight a word carries; like ‘plummeting’ during your first spin. Today I was going to learn to fly ‘complex aircraft’. One of the requirements (a fun one) for the Commercial Pilot Licence is to complete five hoursRead More →

With 300 horses in its throaty engine pulling six seats under wings the size of barn doors, Cessna’s C206 is a mighty workhorse that packs a punch.  While the thought of taming the beast made my knees shake, it was easy to see why pilots love a C206 so much.  It was early morning and my instructor and I were in aRead More →

I had spent years immersing myself in aviation and finding the means to pay for my PPL, months studying and training for it, weeks preparing and now, I am in the final hours and minutes – the PPL Check-ride – Part Two.  We had only been in the air forRead More →