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Flying training: Is the reward worth the risk?

In the current economic and healthcare crisis, Jack recalls his own difficult path to the cockpit, and considers whether the rewards of a career in aviation are worth the risk.

Game Season

Flight simulation isn't just for the professionals, but Jon argues that home flight sims have more benefits than you might think

Flying South for the Winter

Like many birds, last year I found myself fighting a magnetic pull to travel south for the winter. As winter drew closer...

Pie in the sky

The pilot shortage is a crisis of quality not quantity, and the resolution won’t be found in the flying schools.

Family and friends

Flying passengers is a responsibility that most private pilots are going to want to take on at some point, and it should be fun for all involved. But doing it safely involves a lot more thinking than you might imagine, particularly after a long break.

Catching the bug

What does the ongoing Novel Coronavirus pandemic mean for those considering a career in aviation? The answer might not be as intuitive as you think.

If at first you don’t succeed…

For years and years I have been trying to prove my worth in hang gliding. Entering competitions in the beginners class...

Flying the Flag

Military flying careers are among the most challenging going. A while back I wrote about some things you can do to prepare if it's a career choice that appeals to you.

Looking back in angst, how far has GA come since 2014?

In 2014 the UK government announced a new approach to GA and we had high hopes, but how well do they match today's reality?

Flying in Monte Cucco, Italy

This year (June 2017), the British hang gliding national competition was held in Monte Cucco, Italy. This competition saw 40 pilots come together from...

IN THE NEWS

Hill Helicopters HX-50 is aimed squarely at private pilots

Hill Helicopters announced their clean sheet design earlier this year and now say that the new aircraft will fly in 2022 with their own turbine engine.

2020 Boeing pilot outlook predicts fewer pilots required, but not by much.

The 2020 outlook published by Boeing highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but predicts only a 5% drop in new pilots required over the next 20 years.

CAA offers £250 rebate for conspicuity devices

Each pilot buying a new electronic conspicuity device will be eligible for up to £250 back, which could be a significant saving for aircraft ownership groups.

Battle of Britain Memorial flight select Trig avionics

The Royal Air Force historic aircraft being equipped with 8.33MHz VHF radios include the iconic Spitfire.

L3Harris demands more money from cadets to continue training

The company has written to several cadets to explain that they must pay over £60k if they wish to transfer to an ATPL course.