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I experienced a formation flight - experience it with me
Earlier in the season, two members of Group who were going to practise formation flying very kindly asked me to come along and ride in the front seat. It was possibly the most exciting thing I've ever done. But I didn't just sit there open-mouthed for an ho...

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Landing is just the transition from flying to taxying
I'm still practising towards the perfect landing, and it's been a productive couple of months. Finally it's starting to click. Landing is one of those skills that people find hard to describe. Like many motor skills, it's not just about remembering some rul...

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Crowded circuit flying over Cambridge
After my last hopeful post in March, it was another couple of months of bad weather, but a few weeks ago when the weather changed, it was good enough to make two flights in one day. It was a pretty challenging day, with a lot of other traffic in the circuit...

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This is what I was doing yesterday

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New year, new ... nothing
It's been a long winter of little to no flying, so everything has got a lot worse in the interim. But the gloomy period is over, weather's getting consistently better, and I've made a breakthrough in training on the circuit. Four months of no flying was nev...

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Mishap on the ground
When you think about aviation accidents, most people would immediately think of fires or explosions in mid-air, or collisions with other aircraft, or crashing into the ground or obstructions on the ground. My friend Chris, who is also learning to fly Tiger ...

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It's all up to you now: captaincy and self-reliance
Here's another vignette about trends I've noticed in my last few lessons of circuit training, in this case increasing independence. Recently I finished with a note about captaincy : taking charge of things, being in command of the aircraft in any situation....

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Going round in circles
Since I last posted, I've had a few more lessons, all training for flying in the circuit. Since I've now described the circuits itself in great detail (maybe too much?), I'm going to change focus a little. Instead of trying to tell the narrative of each les...

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Approach to landing
Properly, the next exercise after stalls should be incipient spins, but when the time came, the wind was 5 knots straight down the runway, ideal weather for circuit training, so my instructor suggested I should start learning to land, and come back to stall...

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Stalling the Tiger Moth Part 2
After experiencing the stall last time , this time I get to do it for myself. But even making the aircraft fall out of the sky turns out to be less exciting than dodging other Tiger Moths, Spitfires, and even a Boeing 777. Despite a weather forecast that th...
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