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Flying Lesson # 37 – 3rd Navigation Flight

After weeks of waiting, I was finally booked for my next navigation flight, and this was going to be a big one! The thought of entering controlled airspace in my little C172 was keeping me up at night and, after some soul searching and…

April 9, 2014

Controlled Airspace Briefing

As I continue my journey through the wonderful world of flight navigation, the time has come to enter controlled airspace. Namely, Gold Coast controlled airspace. In preparation for my next navigation exercise (nav), a briefing was in order to ensure I had the knowledge…

March 4, 2014

Flying Lesson # 36 – 2nd Navigation Flight

The day looked gloomy with overcast skies and scattered showers. I awoke early to get started on the day’s flight plan. I’m still getting used to the process of constructing a flight plan. There’s so much to consider and it’s difficult to develop a…

February 23, 2014

Flying Lesson # 35 – 1st Navigation Flight

I really didn’t know what was in store for me today. I knew I was flying to Maryborough and Robert did a great job of prepping me, though I still didn’t know exactly what to expect. We’d be flying out of the training area…

February 16, 2014

Flying Lesson # 34 – 172 Familiarisation and Circuits

Nervous? Incredibly! Today would be my first time back in a plane in over a year. Not only that, I’m also flying a much larger plane, a Cessna 172, which is a big step up from the little C150 I’ve been used to. Getting…

February 9, 2014

Pre-Navigation Briefing

After completing my Private Pilot Licence Theory Test, I was anxious to get started flying again. I booked in for the first part of the next stage; pre-nav briefing. Beforehand I was supposed to get my maps under control. You had one job, Chris!…

February 2, 2014

Private Pilot Theory Test

After almost a year of procrastination, I finally worked up the courage to sit the Private Pilot Licence (PPL), theory test. Before we get into the test however, I’ll back up a little and fill you in on where I’ve been for the last…

December 21, 2013

GFPT Flight – First Passenger

More than a month had passed since my General Flying Progress Test and I was still to take advantage of my newly acquired flying privileges. From my first lesson, I always said that my first ‘passenger’ would be my dad. Being a man of…

December 24, 2012

General Flying Progress Test (GFPT)

After a few weeks of nerve-wracking delays, the day was finally here. Of course, in true Jack style, Murphy was with me from the moment I woke up with heavy rain, gale force winds and dangerous storms predicted. Driving to Gil Layt’s Flying School,…

November 17, 2012

Flying Lesson # 33 – GFPT Revision

I finished the BAK test in about 2 hours and as the navigation exercise that Robert had booked was cancelled, we decided to head straight out and get into some GFPT revision. As JOO is in for maintenance, we took UGF up in to…

October 1, 2012