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2019 Summary

December 31, 2019

A (rather depressing) summary of my flying during 2019:

  • 5:00 flying hours (2:50 P1 and 2:10 PUT), 2 trips in the Arrow, and one in G-BPAF, one of the Club’s Warriors.
  • 4 flights (including two currency checks and a return to Lydd).

On the whole, a pretty awful year in flying terms. There were several factors in this, not least being the fact that the Arrow was without a prop for the 2nd half of the year. During this time, the Club regularly found itself down to a single aircraft due to niggling maintenance issues on the two Warrriors. This coupled with busy weekends and badly timed weather or minor illnesses meant that a lot of potential flying days were lost.

Not much to say in terms of goals for next year, just to try and fly a whole lot more!

Total flying hours: 341:10
Hours P1: 258:10

 

2018 Summary

December 31, 2018

A summary of my flying during 2018:

While not being particularly good in terms of flying hours, at least I’d managed more than my awful 2017, and got by with a single currency check at the start of the year. Particular highlights were the round Wales tour (a total of 4:10 hours in a single day – almost 25% of the whole year’s flying!) and my first flight ‘solo’ with Catrin. Catrin really seems to have found a renewed interest in flying, so hopefully I can continue to make flights with her next year to try to maintain this!

Sadly, I again didn’t get around to renewing my IMC rating this year, hopefully I can get that sorted in 2019. Other than that, I just need to make more of an effort to fly more regularly if at all possible.

Total flying hours: 336:10
Hours P1: 255:20

 

2017 Summary

December 31, 2017

A summary of my flying during 2017:

On the whole this was a fairly disappointing year, by far my leanest to date. The flights I did manage were all enjoyable, particular highlights being the trip to Coventry to visit the Nimrod, and ferrying the Arrow the short hop from Kemble to Sandhill Farm with Kev. Giving Catrin her first time at the controls was also a memorable moment!

Sadly, I didn’t get around to renewing my IMC rating this year, so that’s definitely something I’ll have to get ticked off soon. Other than that, I just need to make more of an effort to fly more regularly if at all possible.

Total flying hours: 318:35
Hours P1: 234:00

 

2016 Summary

December 31, 2016

A summary of my flying during 2016:

My 2016 goals were:

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying out both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Fly more consistently and regularly, reducing the need for frequent currency checks

As least maintaining consistency, I’ve again failed to make the planned trip to the Continent. Also I was unable to make more use of an aircraft as a mode of transport, taking an overnight trip somewhere.

One enjoyable part of this year’s flying was the number of flights I made with inexperienced passengers. These included trips with a couple of youngsters to Hawarden and Conington, and another flight to Wellesbourne as a prize in a Silent Auction in aid of Catrin’s school PTA. These flights were very enjoyable and rewarding, so hopefully I can continue to make such flights in the coming year.

Another highlight was a mid-week trip with David to Skegness and Fenland. Both were very nice little grass airfields, and Skegness in particular could be used as the base for a very pleasant weekend away at the seaside with the family. Maybe I can try a bit harder to make that happen in 2017.

Sadly I flew almost no time in IMC this year (a total of around 15 minutes!). Not only that, due in part to the poor end to the year, my IMC rating has now expired, and I will need to renew it before being able to log any further time in IMC as PIC.

The main positive aspect of this years flying was that I at least managed to fly regularly. Although this year’s flying hours are pretty much the same as last year’s disappointing totals, all my flights were made between 28th February and 15th October meaning there was about 4 and a half months with no flying at all! If I had managed to start and end the year with some consistent flying, I should easily have exceeded the previous year’s totals by some margin. At least I managed to get by in 2016 with a single currency check (the first flight of the year), although I do now need a further check before I can start 2017’s flying.

Goals for next year (sadly, very similar to this year’s goals!)

  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Renew my IMC rating, and then make more use of it to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying out both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Continue to fly more consistently and regularly, reducing the need for frequent currency checks

Total flying hours: 306:25
Hours P1: 228:50

2015 Summary

December 31, 2015

A summary of my flying during 2015:

My 2015 goals were:

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying out both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Consider the addition of a Night Qualification to my license.
  • Reach the 200 hours P1 mark to enable me to carry out ‘Charity Flights’, initially for the PTA at Catrin’s school.

Regrettably, flying to the Continent still eludes me, although I did get to the point of fully planning and preparing for a flight to France with David, only to be foiled by a stomach bug of some sort the night before the flight. Using an aircraft as a means of transport for an extended stay somewhere also didn’t happen, although I did at least act as ‘Dad’s Taxi‘ service to take Catrin up to Caernarfon to visit family earlier in the year.

I also flew over 2 hours in real IMC this year, most notably on flights to Haverfordwest and Land’s End, where I elected to deliberately fly in cloud in order to brush up on the rusty IMC skills. I only completed a single approach during the year though, which is a little disappointing.

Kemble is now equipped for night flying, although only stays open late one night per week (currently Thursday). As such, the Night Qualification would still really just be a ‘box ticking’ exercise, rather than a rating that could actually be useful to me.

The Charity flight I carried out actually took me over the 200 hours P1 mark, which meant I would then be able to offer further flights without having to gain explicit permission from the CAA. However, not long after completing this flight, the CAA changed the guidelines so as to remove this requirement!

Particularly enjoyable were the multi leg flights I flew with Kev, David, Charlie and David again. These four days of flying amounted to a total of 12:35, just about half of the total number of hours flown in the whole year! It would be great to be able to make more flights such as these in the coming year, taking advantage of having another pilot alongside to either share the flying or just act as a knowledgeable passenger.

The main feature of this year was a real lack of consistent flying. Although this year’s hours flown was only a couple lower than last year, I needed to fly 5 Club currency checks (RAF Lyneham Flying Club’s rules require me to fly at least every 60 days, otherwise a check flight is needed). As such this meant that I had a number of short bursts of flying activity, each punctuated by fairly long breaks inbetween. There was no single reason for this, merely a combination of circumstances that prevented me from flying as often as I would have liked. The year has ended in much the same way, meaning that my first flight of 2016 is likely to be yet another currency check. Hopefully I can make this the only one I require next year!

Goals for next year (sadly, very similar to this year’s goals!)

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying out both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Fly more consistently and regularly, reducing the need for frequent currency checks

Total flying hours: 281:40
Hours P1: 206:50

2014 Summary

December 31, 2014

A summary of my flying during 2014:

My 2014 goals were (summarised):

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches (including renewal of the IMC rating)
  • Get some experience of spinning at least, with perhaps some aeros as well
  • Attempt to fly more often wherever possible
  • Get Luned to do some landing practice, and also a flight or two in the Arrow
  • Consider the addition of a Night Qualification to my license.

Yet again I’ve completed a flying year without a visit to the Continent, although I did travel as a passenger to Guernsey with David. The year as a whole was quite frustrating, with a number of relatively long periods of no flying at all, interspersed with some quite concentrated bursts of activity. This was mostly driven by personal circumstances rather than a lack of funds or desire to fly.

Also regrettably I made very little use of the IMC rating, with the exception of a Currency check with Roger in the Arrow that was almost all flown in simulated IMC, and the renewal of my IMC rating later in the year.

Although my total flying hours were slightly up on last year, I still haven’t been able to fly as much as I’d like. I’d hoped to reach 200 hours P1 this year (although that was quite an optimistic goal) as this would allow me to be the pilot on ‘charity’ flights. I’d wanted to donate such a flight to Catrin’s school, but need to try to reach this goal first.

The flight early in the year to the newly-reopened Llandow and Caernarfon with David was very enjoyable, but perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of my flying this year was gaining the tailwheel signoff in Freedom’s very nice Citabria, culminating in a very enjoyable multi-leg trip with David. I finally gained some limited experience of aeros too, which I may try to expand on next year. My most recent flight with Charlie to Dunkeswell was also a highlight, adding another flying companion for future flights.

Kemble’s lights are now fully installed, and as of early December 2014 still awaiting final approval. Next year could well be the year where a Night Rating would actually be useful for me, so I’ll definitely add that to my list of goals for the year.

Goals for next year (sadly, very similar to this year’s goals!)

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying out both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Consider the addition of a Night Qualification to my license.
  • Reach the 200 hours P1 mark to enable me to carry out ‘Charity Flights’, initially for the PTA at Catrin’s school.

Total flying hours: 257:20
Hours P1: 178: 40

2013 Summary

December 31, 2013

A summary of my flying during 2013:

  • 23:20 flying hours (all P1), all bar 2 trips flown in the Arrow
  • 23 flights
  • Not a single ‘local’ flight!
  • 8 new airfields visited.

My 2013 goals were (summarised):

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit at least one destination on my Northern Chart (Sherburn or Blackpool?)
  • Re-visit Caernarfon / Anglesey, this time with the family and hopefully for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating
  • Get some experience of spinning at least, with perhaps some aeros as well
  • Attempt to fly more often wherever possible
  • Get Luned to do some landing practice, and also a flight or two in the Arrow

Yet again I’ve completed a flying year without a visit to the Continent. However, I did get to use my Northern Chart, and finally paid a visit to Caernarfon with the family. I made very little use of the IMC rating, apart from a practice flight to Cranfield in the Arrow (that was supposed to have included an approach, but required switching from a Warrior to the Arrow at the last minute).

Also my flying hours are significantly down from the previous year yet again. Being forced to replace my car in the middle of the year certainly didn’t help, but my lack of flying has been more down to having the spare time and appropriate weather than anything else. Hopefully I can try to fly more regularly next year.

One particularly enjoyable aspect of my flying this year was the two longer shared flights with David. We squeezed in quite a lot of flying experience into those two flights, not least a number of new airfields for us both. I also made a couple of longer trips through the rest of the year, including the visits to Caernarfon, Retford Gamston and Sherburn in Elmet.

Recently, Kemble have announced their intention to install lighting on one of the runways, which may make night flying a realistic prospect there. This means the addition of a Night Qualification is now a more attractive prospect, something I might try to achieve next year.

Goals for next year (sadly, very similar to this year’s goals!)

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit Caernarfon or another airfield for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches (including renewal of the IMC rating)
  • Get some experience of spinning at least, with perhaps some aeros as well
  • Attempt to fly more often wherever possible
  • Get Luned to do some landing practice, and also a flight or two in the Arrow
  • Consider the addition of a Night Qualification to my license.

2012 Summary

December 31, 2012

A summary of my flying during 2012:

  • 31:35 flying hours (30:55 P1, 0:40 dual), roughly 2/3 of the hours in the Arrow, 1/3 in the Warriors
  • 33 flights (including 1 currency check on the Arrow and a flight for the renewal of my IMC rating)
  • 16 landaways (only 1 local if you discount the currency check and IMC renewal!)
  • 8 new airfields visited.

My 2012 goals were (summarised):

  • Visit the Continent
  • Use the Northern Chart
  • Visit Caernarfon and Anglesey
  • More ‘sociable’ flying
  • Regain IMC currency
  • Spinning / aeros

I managed to achieve two of these goals. I visited Caernarfon with David, and carried out more ‘sociable’ flying (a number of multi-aircraft trips with David, and a visit to a fly-in at Filton). Although I didn’t really do much to regain IMC currency, I did manage to successfully renew the IMC rating, and carried out some flying in real IMC and a few practice approaches. Sadly, my planned extended trip to Caernarfon was thwarted by a period of pretty awful weather. While not a milestone that has any particular meaning, I have now also passed 200 hours total flight time.

I am regretfully yet to visit the Continent, venture on to the Northern Chart or get some experience of spinning or aeros. These three will remain on my ‘to-do’ list, hopefully to be ticked off next year!

My flying hours are about 15% down on last year for a few reasons. The weather this Summer was often very frustrating, and also having a 3 year old daughter often means I feel bad using my free time at weekends to disappear off by myself to fly rather than spending some quality time with her (although wherever possible I do try to fly with the family as well). Finally, financially things have been a little tighter this year, which has had a slight effect on my flying. My aim when I started out was always to fly 2 or 3 times a month to accumulate 4 or 5 hours a month, so hopefully I can return to this level in the coming year.

One aspect of my flying this year that I’m particularly pleased with is the very low number of ‘local’ flights (in fact just a single one in one Summer evening to prevent dropping out of currency), and the significant number of new airfields visited (half of my landaways this year were to ‘new’ airfields). I believe this is key in maintaining my urge to fly, preventing me from repeating the same old flights over and over, which will only lead to my becoming bored.

Another fairly significant event was my first in-air problem. Looking back, I could have handled this much better, although once I finally gave up trying to resolve the door issue and decided to land and sort it out there, things did go much better. The best way to learn is by experience, so hopefully should something similar happen in future, I’ll be able to focus more on the most important item, which is flying the aircraft!

So, next year I think I should aim to:

  • Make at least one trip to the Continent
  • Visit at least one destination on my Northern Chart (Sherburn or Blackpool?)
  • Re-visit Caernarfon / Anglesey, this time with the family and hopefully for an extended stay
  • Continue to take part in more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins
  • Make more use of the IMC rating to retain currency, both by carrying out flights that involve some portion in actual IMC, and carrying both practice and real approaches into airfields that provide instrument approaches
  • Get some experience of spinning at least, with perhaps some aeros as well
  • Attempt to fly more often wherever possible
  • Get Luned to do some landing practice, and also a flight or two in the Arrow

2011 Summary

December 31, 2011

A summary of my flying during 2011:

    • 36:50 flying hours (34:50 P1, 2:00 dual), including differences training for a Variable Pitch Propeller and Retractable Gear
    • 34 flights (including 2 training flights for the differences training)
    • 13 landaways (much better than last year!)
    • 5 new airfields visited.

My 2011 goals were (summarised):

    • Complex signoff
    • Aerobatics
    • Night Qualification
    • Taildragger
    • Make use of IMC rating
    • Less ‘quick local’ flights
    • Longer range and a trip to the Continent
    • 100 hours P1

I managed to complete the ‘Complex’ (Variable Pitch Prop and Retractable Gear) signoff relatively soon after the Arrow came back online with the Club. I also managed to make a much higher percentage of my flights ‘real’ flights as opposed to just a quick local. This was important to ensure I didn’t get bored with doing the same old flights over and over again.

I also passed through the ‘magic’ 100 hours P1 barrier, which has increased my Currency limits to 60 days and also enabled me to become self-authorising (I no longer need a signoff from an Instructor each time I fly a Lyneham Flying Club aircraft).

However, the IMC rating has gone all but unused this year. As RAF Lyneham wound down we had less access to Instrument Approaches, and we were eventually forced to leave part way through the year.

Sadly, the money given to me nearly two years ago for some Aeros is still unused, and I still don’t have that elusive Night Qualification! I also failed to get any taildragger time in. Although I did make flights to some slightly further destinations (Lydd, Pembrey and Haverfordwest) I haven’t yet used my ‘Northern’ chart or visited the Continent.

So, next year I think I should aim to:

    • Make at least one trip to the Continent
    • Visit at least one destination on my Northern Chart (Sherburn or Blackpool?)
    • Visit Caernarfon / Anglesey
    • Take part in some more ‘sociable’ flying like Club fly-outs or visits to fly-ins.
    • Regain IMC currency in readiness for my IMC Rating renewal
    • Get some experience of spinning at least, with perhaps some aeros as well

2010 Summary

December 31, 2010

A summary of my flying during 2010:

  • 33:50 flying hours (14:25 P1, 19:25 dual), including the first renewal of my SEP Class Rating and the issue of an IMC Rating
  • 29 flights (including 10 training flights for the IMC Rating, and 2 attempts at the IMC Rating Flight Test)
  • 4 landaways (is that all?)
  • 1 new airfield visited.

My 2010 goals were:

2010 will hopefully see me train for the IMC rating, and possibly Night Qualification too. Apart from that, the plan is to extend my range, ideally visiting Anglesey (either Valley or Caernarfon on the mainland) and perhaps a trip to the Continent too.

Well, I successfully completed the IMC Rating, but the Night Qualification still eludes me! Maybe this year? I also completely failed to expand my range, failing to get any further than Wolverhampton this year (also my only new airfield).

My goals for next year are to again try to complete the Night Qualification, as well as adding a ‘Complex’ signoff to my log book if at all possible. It might be nice to try to get in some taildragger time too. Also I should get around to spending the money given to me on my 40th birthday (over 18 months ago now!) to go for some aerobatic flights.

Additionally, I want to continue to make use of the IMC Rating. Since gaining the rating most of my approaches back to Lyneham have been ILSs, PARs and SRAs. Hopefully I can keep this up in order to maintain currency with them. Also I want to try to use the IMC Rating to make more flights that would otherwise not have been possible without it, including visiting some other airfields with Instrument Approaches for a bit of variety.

As regards destinations, I think I need to work a little harder to make more of my flights something other than a quick local. While they keep me current, there’s a real danger of me getting bored with this kind of flying, so I need to be extending the distances and destinations of my flights to combat this. A trip to the Continent should also be on my list!

Finally, I’m about 29 hours away from the ‘magic’ 100 hours P1, which will remove the need for me to obtain authorisation from an Instructor at Lyneham before flying. While gaining authorisation is not an onerous task in itself, this is a nice milestone to aim for, and hopefully one I can achieve this year.