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 hour: I took a video camera along, and filmed all the manoeuvres, so you can see what we did.

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.

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, and a few more reasons for it to be challenging.

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.

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 Moths, has generously allowed me to retell the story of an incident that befell him a couple of weeks ago. It just goes to show that sometimes it's the simple things which go wrong.

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.

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 lesson, I'll write some shorter posts, each about one aspect of what I'm learning. I'll start with something I've noticed a lot more while hanging around the airport: traffic.