2018 – My flying year in review

It has been a long while since I posted an update on here, time is always so short and since my last update well over a year ago I have started my ATPLs. My year of flying has been great with lots of new experiences and airfields and I wanted to look back at 2018 and review my year of flying.

The year begun with me obtaining my Class 1 Medical certificate in January 2018 which was a massive weight lifted off my shoulders, this then allowed me to start the next chapter of my training without any worries or issues regarding medical conditions.

I then started my ATPLs in April, initially with the Maths & Physics modules and then straight into Meterology, Instrumentation and General Navigation. Wow, what a learning curve, the amount of information and data you need to absorb is huge, it took me a long while to get into it but have sorted myself a process and now slowly chipping away at each topic gradually, its a long road and you often forget why you are doing this but once you get flying again it soon reminds you.

During the past year I have flown around 1200nm in total which is the equivalent of flying from Bristol to Sofia in one go, I also recently passed the 25 hour PIC milestone, only another 75 hours to go!

Rather than just bimbling around the skies I want my hour building and flying to be useful, take me to new places, test my skills and knowledge and learn new things whilst developing flying skills.

During 2018 I successfully flew to the following airfields, either solo or with passengers. My longest flight to date is currently Bristol to Newquay which surprisingly only took around an hour each way, a lot quicker than driving there which is well over 2 or 3 hours:

  • Shobdon
  • Wellesbourne Mountford
  • Kemble
  • Compton Abbas – First grass landing accompanied by a safety pilot
  • Henstridge
  • Exeter – Great airport, just an expensive landing fee!
  • Newquay – my longest ever solo flight
  • Turweston
  • Colerne

I get great satisfaction from choosing somewhere on a map, flying there, landing, having a cuppa and heading back to Bristol, that also means at least 2 takeoffs and landings completed in the process.

Whats in store for 2019? Well hopefully  will finish Mod1 of my ATPLs and begin Mod2, once that happens the clock will start ticking and I have a certain amount of time to then finish the rest. I am not a theory person and so I am looking forward to getting these out of the way so I can start my CPL, that at the moment seems a long way off.

Using an old Pooleys map attached to the wall at home I have marked all the airports visited and the ones I want to visit, this year I am hoping to get to the following airports/airfields, see my interactive map:

  • Swansea
  • Haverfordwest
  • Bembridge
  • Welshpool
  • Coventry
  • Channel Islands (either Jersey, Guernsey or Alderney)
  • Old Sarum
  • Brighton

There may be more but thats a few months worth of airports/airfields to visit in between running a very busy web agency, studying for the ATPLs and keeping a fairly decent personal life.

If any of you reading this are in a similar position and are struggling with motivation or wondering why you are putting yourself through all this stress and pain just remind yourself of the end goals and the dream, visit an airport and just watch aircraft, go flying somewhere, thats enough for me.

Thanks for reading 🙂