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ATPL Theory

Posted by andyreohorn on December 22, 2008 at 7:24 AM Comments comments (10)
Apparently the hardest thing for most people to achieve on their way to a commercial pilot licence is the theory element. They're not wrong there!!!

Received the good new that I have somehow managed to pass all 14 on the first attempt - YEEHAH!!!

When you first get those study books and the computer based training disc with 382 progress tests on it you do wonder if you will make it.

When you sit there feeling like you are hitting your head against a brick wall, tired and fru...
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Posted by andyreohorn on August 4, 2008 at 11:56 AM Comments comments (0)
Woke up early this morning, feeling the need for something different to do. Every year on this particular day I try and add a new type to my list. I had forgotten how close this day was and my usual source of unusual aircraft was flooded in bookings and work so I figured I would just go up in the Bulldog if the weather was playing ball.

A phone call leading on from a cancellation offered up a last minute opportunity. "Wanna go flying, Andy?" said Ian. "D...
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First Aero's Competition

Posted by andyreohorn on May 4, 2008 at 6:48 AM Comments comments (1)

For anyone thinking about what the challenge of an Aero's competition would hold and feeling rather unsure or out of their depth, this is a marvellous way of learning the ropes from the experienced guys. Nick and Jen Buckenham go out of their way to make you feel welcome and advice from a variety of sources is never far away.

We had initially booked in for the event in the Bulldog, but owing to maintenance over running, had to change to the Extr...
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News that works the grey matter

Posted by andyreohorn on December 28, 2007 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Sometimes things in life don�t pan out in the way you expect them to. Sometimes decisions are made that though major, are made under stress or excess emotional circumstances that affect every day of your life. Far more than you ever realise they will, with far reaching consequences that will last until the day you die.

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Posted by andyreohorn on November 23, 2007 at 6:53 PM Comments comments (1)

"Game on!" came the call as we tried hard to join in loose formation with a tightly turning Bulldog. The following couple of minutes were a blur of black and yellow, red and white; twisting, turning, wings on the edge of their aerodynamic limits, one pointing to the beautiful angels in the bright blue sky, the other to the white sheep in the lush green fields below. Stall warner breaker pulled, the buffet kicked and punched the wings as it tried so hard to relinquish the lift from those hard ...

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Big Blue and Noisy

Posted by andyreohorn on November 3, 2007 at 11:12 AM Comments comments (2)
For the latest in the long line of trip reports, this is really cool and worth a read


Video and photos as well as a write up....

Losing pounds...

Posted by andyreohorn on October 16, 2007 at 6:37 PM Comments comments (0)
At the end of April I decided it was high time I started to lose some of the weight I had gained (i) since giving up smoking and (ii) since starting a sedentary job which has meant me being rather heavier than i was a decade or so ago.

A photo of me in Cherbourg made my mind up and I joined a Fat Club. Official weigh in every week and such like.

The first stone was easy.

The next half stone was ok.

The barrier came about a lb under the 2 stone barrier and I have strug...
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Upside down, round and round...with video

Posted by andyreohorn on October 14, 2007 at 6:28 PM Comments comments (3)

Having not even been expecting to fly today, it was a great day out. Absolutely horrible, murky and dismal below the inversion, beautiful (as usual) out on top.

My turn to impress my fellow Mad Dog with my abysmal attempts at stall turns, though managed some more acceptable loops, cubans and rolls and some general larking about followed. Seeing the world from all sorts of wierd angles is becoming far more normal now. The rate I mess up stall turns...
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Photo to go with Silly Half Hour

Posted by andyreohorn on October 12, 2007 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (0)
Courtesy of Steve, a photo to add some imagery to the post below:

Silly Half Hour

Posted by andyreohorn on October 10, 2007 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)
OK, so it was only half an hour of flying. The cloud base was 1100', the visibility was 5k and it was damp and gloomy. Not normally the sort of day one would expect to have enormous fun flying.

Taking off we were advised of an inbound helichopper approaching from the NW so eyes were peeled as we headed off that way.

Flirting with the base of the grey foreboding cloud, we soon arrived overhead our destination. Nobody in, not surprising really...
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