Posts Tagged ‘PPL’

Video! Piston engines, the otto cycle, and fuel mixture

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

New video! It’s been far too long, and I apologise. I’m a student (of the non-aviational variety this time) now so I’ve had to prioritise certain other activities. I’ll still pump these out though – if you want to stay informed, subscribe to me on YouTube!

How To Pass Your PPL Theory Exams

Monday, October 5th, 2009


Learning how to chug away merrily through the sky is pretty fantastic when you are actually in the sky. But the party doesn’t end there – ground based excitement also abounds in your pilot training course. This article will be looking at how to pass these thrilling aviationally related papers of joy in the easiest manner, while also actually learning what they are talking about. That’s kind of important too.

Otherwise you'll be flying towards this scene. If you're into that kind of thing.

If you don't know your stuff, you could well be flying towards this scene. If you're into that whole weird Jesus thing.


Steven’s PPL Diary 5: Power, Attitude, Trim

Monday, September 28th, 2009


Day 5 (Or, what should have been day 4) – Bernoulli vs. Newton
Climbing – With some straight and level.

[Exercise: 6 – 7]

With the spare time due to the lack of a lesson last time, I was able to watch the fantastic profpilot flight training videos (Unfortunately ‘somebody’ hadn’t finished the new and improved lift video by then). None the less, I knew lift wasn’t achieved by God, or lift pixies. (Even if you do pray your heavy, metallic aircraft gets off the ground before you run out of runway.)

The Pope found this out the hard way.

The Pope found this out the hard way.


Steven’s PPL Diary 4: Dodgy Fire Engine

Monday, September 28th, 2009


Day 4 – Fire engine required.

Coventry Airport – Closed. Not enough fire support, fire engine broke drown.
Better luck next time.

Somebody call the... er... Fire Brigade?

Somebody call the... er... Fire Brigade?

Steven’s PPL Diary 3: First Takeoff

Friday, September 25th, 2009


Straight and level flight
[Exercise 5 – 6]

So with two flights under my belt and a grand total of 1:50hr on the Cherokee you’d expect that I would be masterful beyond all belief, as apparent in some PPL diaries, alas not here my friends. This week I enter the hanger with my logbook and shiny new checklist (Purchased from the school in ‘Week 2’)

Today the briefing was quite simple for straight and level flight covered the various cruise speeds, reasons for using the different speeds, rpm settings and the dreaded PAT (Power, attitude, trim) again, I shall leave you to gleam these tidbits of knowledge yourself. I will advise you to go out and purchase yourself a notebook before this point, as I was told to do during the briefing, lots of numbers/facts and figures to note down. hint: If caught without notebook, use face. hint: If caught without notebook, use face.


Steven’s PPL Diary 2: Trimming

Monday, September 14th, 2009


Day 2 – Getting to ‘second base’ with the aircraft.
Aircraft Familiarisation, again.

[Exercises 1 – 4, Part II]

Well, after my abysmal entrance into the little Piper Cherokee last time I visited the very wonderful profpilot forum for helpful advice (This is my weekly profpilot shameless attempt at advertising). So, my second lesson began with my logbook and a new shiny checklist clutched in my hands, out standing near the aircraft with the wind blowing one hell of a gale, it wasn’t cloudy, but boy was it windy. Jumping up on the wing trying desperately to not be blown off, and threw myself into the aircraft. (more…)

Steven’s PPL Diary 1: Climbing, Descending and Checks

Sunday, September 6th, 2009


When approached by the upper echelons of the Profpilot management team (Sam) to write a diary of my PPL training I thought “How could I say no?” Donning my 4-bar epaulettes, sheep skin lined leather jacket and authority commanding pilot’s moustache I took to my computer to write the first (of hopefully many) PPL diary entries.

Standard profpilot contributor garb.

Standard profpilot contributor garb.

For those of you who wish to follow along with my oh-so exciting tales, I’m following “Air Pilot’s Manual – Flying Training” which can be purchased from the ProfPilot shop and some other aviation related book stores (But Sam doesn’t get commission from those).


How Hard Is It To Become A Pilot?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009


Short answer: not very. Well if George Bush up there can manage it, it can’t be right? However, as that is not a very good article, I will now expand that answer into this 1400 word illustrated monstrosity. I apologise.

Flying is all about doing lots of little easy things correctly, and in the right order. You could be a master at artistically and dexterously extending the landing gear for example, but that won’t help if you’ve already touched the tarmac.

"Gear Down, Please"

Gear Down, Please

There are two major groups of skills required when you are training to become a pilot: those that you need to fly in the air well (the fun bit), and those that you need to sit on the ground studying well (the slightly more dull bit) to pass all those wonderful as they are difficult exams.

This article looks at what some of these qualities are, whether you want to fly for fun or if you want to become a paid pilot. It also asks how hard it is to pick up the new skills and knowledge that you need to fly, in a manner least conducive towards crashment. (more…)

How To Choose A Flight School

Saturday, July 18th, 2009


Choosing a flight school can be a daunting process when you are new to the aviation scene. If you are wanting to learn how to plunge upwards into the sky in a winged mechanical beast (and billow cash from all windows in the process) – it’s always a bonus if you can find one that you won’t be a miserable at.

This article will be exploring how to find an organisation that will enable you to flourish in your aviationally related endeavours, and what questions you need to be asking to make sure it really is ‘the one’.

While primarily aimed at UK pilots, this should be pretty useful for anyone embarking on their flight training ladder of destiny.

Tom’s Diary: Nearing My Qualifying Cross Country

Sunday, May 24th, 2009


I am currently 3 – 4 hours away from my qualifying cross country now and there are mixed emotions. I don’t drive yet so unlike my friends at ground school, they are very familiar with the roads and could navigate on them alone. The number 1 worry I have, and most likely the majority would is getting lost. I cant wait to complete it, to finish and have mastered over 80 miles of flight through airspace riddled with restrictions and obstructions. I can only imagine I will have the feeling of ‘being a pilot’ like that I felt when I completed my first solo after 14 hours.