My hobby is flying. I got my Private Pilot’s Licence in 2001, IMC rating in 2002 and full instrument rating in 2004. I now have nearly 800 hours and I mainly fly a Cirrus SR-22 out of Blackbushe and a Diamond DA-20 out of White Waltham.
FLYING WITH ME
I have written some guidance notes for friends and family who might go flying with me. I keep an email mailing list of people of people who have expressed an interest in going on a trip and whenever I have spare seats I send out an email to them all – first come, first flown. If you would like to go flying with me some time, contact me and I will add you to my list (friends and family only please).
BOOKS AND SOFTWARE
During my IMC training I used Microsoft Flight Sim 2004 to rehearse some instrument procedures. I also have X-Plane which has a better flight model but is harder to get into. Transair are a good online supplier for maps and aviation related equipment. There are two different sets of books about learning to fly. I used Trevor Trevor Thom’s book for my IMC course but Jeremy Pratt’s for the rest of my PPL course. Both sets of books are good and widely used. For flight planning, I use RocketRoute for IFR trips and SkyDemon for VFR trips.