Using the Rating

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Understanding Gliding (Nov 2011)
As both a powered aircraft and a glider pilot, Sally Turner explains the contrasting attractions of non-powered flight, and offers some useful safety tips for those of us in planes.
28 Dec 2014 Sally Turner 1169
When two crew matters (Nov 2011)
Douglas Baillie describes the benefits of having two crew members in a particularly demanding situation
28 Dec 2014 Douglas Baillie 1118
Zero-Zero Landings (Nov 2011)
Timothy Nathan explains that when the chips were down it was the ‘maverick’ rather than the ‘book’ which came to the rescue
28 Dec 2014 Timothy Nathan 1272
Stop Bars - Important safety information (Nov 2011)
Stop bars at holding points.  They must not be crossed, even with ATC permission.
28 Dec 2014 Vasa Babic 1111
Falling oil pressure (Nov 2011)
Alan South recalls an apparently minor mechanical problem that could have ended in disaster.
28 Dec 2014 Alan South 1155
From analogue to glass and back again (Sep 2011)
Anthony Bowles explains what for many would seem a surprising decision- replacing his Cirrus with a much older design of plane
28 Dec 2014 Anthony Bowles 1328
That elusive perfect hold (and some real world alternatives) (Sep 2011)
Jim Thorpe offers a number of ways of to fly that hold
28 Dec 2014 Jim Thorpe 1146
Transitioning to a Jetprop (Sep 2011)
In this article, based on the presentation given to the AGM of the PPLIR group in April 2011, Paul Sherry describes the process of choosing and locating a turbine aircraft.
28 Dec 2014 Paul Sherry 1312
I learnt about (instrument) flying from that -transponder failure in Class A airspace (Sep 2011)
Stuart Hawkins plans for every reasonably likely contingency, but still finds himself having to deal quickly with an unanticipated problem.
28 Dec 2014 Stuart Hawkins 1185
GA Flying in Spain (July 2011)
A year after having moved to Spain, member Patrick O’Donnell offers a comprehensive guide to VFR/IFR flying there
28 Dec 2014 Patrick O'Donnell 1866

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