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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Test

I did it, I’m officially a Private Pilot! I guess I’m meant to know stuff now. The day of my Private Pilot Licence (PPL) flight test is finally here. I don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous. Before we get into that though, let’s discuss…

October 10, 2016
VH-TKJ

Flying Lesson # 46 – 6th Navigation Flight

  The journey continues.. whilst I thoroughly enjoy being a casual flyer, for my journey to continue, I really need to just get this PPL done and dusted and march on toward my CPL (and beyond). At this point, the flying once every now…

August 13, 2016
Training Area

Training Area Solo – Revision

It had been a little while since I had flown so thought I’d book a C172 and head out for a training area refresher. The thing I love about Gil Layt’s Flying School is that, because it’s small, you really get to know the…

April 4, 2016

Training Area Solo (with passenger)

Now that I am back in the air again, I need to smash a couple of solo navs and then do my test before I can get in to my commercial training. For those playing along at home, comment if you can remember what…

January 31, 2016

Pre-PPL Training Area Solo

With my little break from flying over, Robert suggested that before heading out on a nav, it’s probably a good idea to get some training area practise under my belt. So I booked a 172 for a solo flight out in the training area.…

January 9, 2016

Flying Lesson # 44 – C172 Re-familiarisation (Circuits)

After a long wait, I’m finally back in the air. I won’t go into the reasons as to why I haven’t flown for some months, but let’s just say – life gets in the way. In any case, I’m back and ready to smash…

December 16, 2015

Second Solo Navigation Flight

There wasn’t a lot of preparation needed for this flight. Really, all I was doing was tagging on an extra 14 minute leg to the flight I took a number of weeks earlier. I felt a lot more relaxed heading into this; my second…

November 23, 2014

First Solo Navigation Flight

Nervous probably doesn’t quite sum up how I was feeling that morning. It’s not that I doubted my abilities, it’s just the thought of leaving the safety net of Archerfield and my instructor scared me a little. It’s like when going circuit solo for…

September 29, 2014

Flying Lesson # 42 – C172 Familiarisation (Circuits)

With all of my PPL navigation training out of the way, the only task remaining prior to my solo cross country was to be signed off in the Cessna 172. Initially, we decided to see if I could just pick it up in my…

September 7, 2014

Flying Lesson # 39 – 4th Navigation Flight (with mid-flight incident)

Days of preparation would lead to the longest nav to date; Archerfield, Toowoomba, Gayndah, Gympie, Sunshine Coast and then back to Archerfield. What would actually ensue however, one could never be prepared for. Other than entering the controlled airspace of the Sunshine Coast, the…

June 26, 2014