Following a suddenly acquired desire to learn to fly, I started training for my PPL in early 2004. Two and half years in ‘real’ time and 47 hours 55 minutes in ‘air’ time later I took my GFT and, 2 hours and 30 minutes after that, was declared fit to be turned loose upon the unsuspecting sky.
During this rather drawn out learning curve I’d been keeping an online diary of the process. I’d like to say this blog is a result of ‘popular demand’ that I continue but the truth is that I’m just having too much fun to shut up about it!
A few weeks before getting the PPL (nothing like doing things in a sensible order) I bought a share in a Tomahawk based at Swansea, the lovely G-TOMS which I flew until November 2010 when she came to grief with another member of the group on the top of Pen y fan in poor weather/ The pilot was fine but the aircraft was a write off.
Insurance was surprisingly quick and cooperative and those who continued with the group bought a Cherokee G-AWBG which we flew about a year until the maintenance costs got the better of us.
After a period of hiring and further training I jumped ship to the ‘lighter side’ at the end of 2012, buying a third share in a microlight – X’Air Falcon G-CGOV, otherwise know as Rhubarb & Custard!
With the costs trimmed right back I’m looking forward to lots more flying!