Gone Flying Part 2: Joy of Tailwheel Flying

Originally posted on Fly 'n Things:
I’ll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, “This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could.  It won’t get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house.  But if you…

Bicester Heritage – Flywheel Festival

As former Royal Air Force stations go, Bicester takes the biscuit. Walking around the old technical site feels much the same as walking around any other station, from Kemble’s south side, to RAF Scampton and even areas of larger stations like Brize Norton. Old red brick buildings, more used to housing parachute packing, armouries or…

Fuel Tank Noises

This post is all about a noise that can exist inside RV fuel tanks. It put our backs up for a short time whilst we investigated it; thankfully without having to go inside. We satisfied ourselves that all was indeed, well. For the benefit of others I’ve described the process we went through to try…

Permit Renewal

There isn’t a whole lot of anecdotal information documented about LAA Permit Renewals so I figured that I’d write something, to help me remember things for next year as well as provide some information for others. Thanks to Matthew Boddington at Sywell for all his assistance. Tail Inspection There are two Service Bulletins out on…

Turweston

On Sunday 21 March we decided to visit Turweston, to practice some into wind hard runway flying after a cold front blew through. First impressions were very positive, the team in the tower were incredibly friendly and the airfield itself is in wonderful condition. One of the highlights is definitely the modern control tower, which…

Putting Stickers on an A330

Above is a video I shot on a GoPro Hero 4 whilst working for Air Tanker. The aircraft is G-VYGK, which was the first civil-lease aircraft, and is being prepared for operations with Thomas Cook. I set the GoPro up for a weekend as I couldn’t be sure exactly when the engineers would complete the…

Aerobatics Practice 2

Here’s a short look at a sequence practice and talk through recorded via the Nflitecam smartphone audio cable. I apologise for the grunting. Half cuban Stall turn Loop 180 degree turn Aileron roll    

Wadswick Country Store

Many farm strips are hard to find, both in real life and on satellite imagery. Wadswick is one of these places! Located in Wiltshire around 7 miles East of Bath and just outside RAF Colerne’s zone, Wadswick is a short, sloped and narrow strip maintained and operated by  Wadswick Country Store. The runway is orientated…

In-Ear Aviation Headset – FARO AIR

Updated 30/3/2017: An ongoing review of the Faro Aviation AIR headset, so far tested in an Extra-200. Having lived with a dodgy Bose X (military to GA conversion) and a Sennheiser HME-95 (great, just noisy), I decided that it was time to move on to something a little more purposeful. I had been looking at…

XA-42

Firstly, thank you so much do Damian Cox (CEO Wildstone) for the opportunity to fly in his gorgeous red XA-42. The XA-42 is a carbon fibre, unlimited aerobatic aircraft with a 6 pot 315HP Lycoming. It accelerates quicker than my Octavia vRS and rolls quicker than a cheese down Cooper’s Hill. I wasn’t concentrating on…