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Getting Ready for First Solo

Just about everything is in place except my ASIC security card hasn’t arrived yet. Technically it isn’t needed as Jandakot is not a security airport. The level 1 instructor told me I must have it before I can go solo. … Continue reading

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Lesson 12 – Survival (CrossWinds & Gusts at a rate of Knots)

Coming off the back of a busy week at work, flying this weekend was something to look forward to.  It was all looking great, except the weather.  Strong winds appeared on Saturday and then again this morning.  The Bureau of … Continue reading

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Lesson 11 – Plane Engine Failure!

Lesson 11 was all about what to do in the event of an engine failure and issues which can occur.   This included: Plane engine failure during takeoff Engine failure after clearing the field (on climb) Engine failure where you … Continue reading

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>Lesson 10: More Circuits

>The plan for yesterdays lesson was to get in as much circuit practice as possible, primarily to work on the landings.  With an hour and a half first thing in the morning, the conditions should be spot on.  Maybe less … Continue reading

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>Soft Leather Pilot Bag

>Every pilot needs a good bag to carry their gear. There are headsets, navigation aids, kneeboard, VFR maps, timers, books, more books, torch, personal GPS, pens, logbook, clipboard, spare undies and most important your aviator sunglasses. There are probably many … Continue reading

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>Lesson 9: Flying circuits

>Saturday just gone was my first lesson for 2011.  It was mid-arvo and looking back at the ATIS notes on my clipboard the winds were from the South West at 18 knots with cross wind of upto 10 knots.   … Continue reading

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>How to create a 3D flight track and visualisation

>A mate at work said, your 2D flight tracks are cool, but what they don’t really give you that same sense of perspective that a 3D view would provide. Damn, now that I’ve come to grips with what 3D maps … Continue reading

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>LiveATC iPhone app review

>So far I’ve installed a quite a few aviation apps on my iPhone and iPad, testing and using them to see if they are useful or not (ie. I feel compelled to use them regularly, or whether they get deleted). … Continue reading

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>Flying Circuits

>Last Thursday, the 4th consequetive day of flying, we finally got to circuits 🙂 It meant more acronyms for checks you need to remember. The best one is the downwind check, BUMFIS or BUMFOH.  There are acronyms for absolutely everything … Continue reading

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>Advanced Stalls

>Wednesdays lesson was on advanced stalls.  It is the last fundamentals lesson before starting circuits.  We got booted from the office mid arvo as the power went out, so I took the opportunity to squeeze in this lesson.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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