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Post license friendship - can club force instruction?

I have a situation that is a bit of a grey area and was hoping for some advice from other pilots that perhaps have been in the same situation. After getting my license, my instructor and I stayed ...
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Where are some of the most challenging airfields in the UK?

I fly Microlights and am used to short strips, I can land at airfields such as Brown Shutters and Clench Common without much strain. What are some of the most challenging airfields in the UK for light ...
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How much does it cost to learn to fly in the UK, and what restrictions are there?

Flying has been a dream for me since I was a little boy. My absolute dream career was to be a fighter pilot in the RAF. It's obviously a very hard career to get into, however I fell even before the ...
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What aircraft can an NPPL SSEA holder fly?

I want to add an SSEA rating to my NPPL license (currently with a Microlight rating) so that I can fly 4 seats. Wikipedia for the NPPL says: NPPL holders may not: fly non-UK registered aircraft fly &...
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What is the differences training syllabus for a Microlight rating to an SSEA rating?

Have looked around for this, but struggling to find the answer. I have an NPPL (UK) license with a Microlight rating. I want to get the SSEA rating so I can fly 4 seat aircraft without basically ...
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Where can I go to sit in the cockpit of a Boeing?

This might sound like a silly question to some, but is it possible to go and sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, somewhere in the UK? (Otherwise in Europe, or beyond). Maybe at a museum or something? ...
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Can I share ACARS messages online?

ACARS messages are transmitted via radio just like normal ATC communications are. In the UK, for example, it is illegal to listen to and broadcast ATC chatter. Does the same apply to ACARS? If an ...
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Does rain affect VFR criteria?

Does rain affect VFR criteria? In other words, if visibility is 1500m or more and you are in sight of the surface, but there is heavy rain, can you still fly VFR? Here is an example of the conditions ...
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What's the most cost effective way to keep a PPL current with Ultralights?

I hold an NPPL(m) - which is a UK license for Micro/Ultralights only. I wish to "upgrade" (sadly there is no formal upgrade path) to a PPL so that on occasion, I can hire 4 seaters. My ...
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What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

I just saw this Newsweek article, Man Pilots Planes for 2 Years After Lying to Airlines About Experience: A man has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying about his job experience before ...
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Can I log CO-Pilot and Multi-Pilot hours as a safety pilot?

I am working for a UK airline as a First Officer. I have in my roster some flights where I am acting as safety pilot for FO's conducting line training. I am wondering if I can log my hours as CO-Pilot ...
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Can the NPPL exams now be taken online?

I can see that the CAA portal now offers PPL theory exams online from this article and by signing into the portal: Can the 5 exams required for an NPPL(m) now be taken online?
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Why are hangars so high?

Or, to be more precise why was the Type-C hangar so tall? Built in the 1930s across many airfields in the UK, it was built with a higher roof (11 m) than any contemporary aircraft. (higher even than ...
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Can I identify as a student pilot when I'm not? [duplicate]

A few months ago, my original flying instructor took me to a busy airport (Gloucester) as I wasn't comfortable going there by myself for the first time as a low-hours pilot who only really uses grass ...
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Is a 3 seat Microlight build possible?

Many Microlights have weights of no more than 450kg, as that was the old weight limit. Now that the limit is 650kg, it seems to me that would be enough weight to add an extra seat (80kg for the ...
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Is the UK still part of the ECAA since Brexit?

Is the UK still part of the ECAA (European Common Aviation Area) since Brexit? For instance is it possible for a Spanish Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder to operate a scheduled commercial flight ...
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What do I need to do to fly a Microlight to France?

I wish to fly a C42 to France from the UK. I can file the flight plan from Skydemon, but I have an NPPL, so I believe I need to obtain permission from French authorities and maybe do other things. ...
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Cross crediting experience: Holder of ATC Instructor’s Qualification to NPPL(A) (SSEA)

I formerly held an ATC Instructor’s Qualification valid for the Vigilant Motor Glider through the RAF Volunteer Gliding Squadron System. I was a B1 Instructor until 2014 with 440 hours. I would now ...
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Which fighter jet is this, based on the silhouette?

6 to 8 of these planes flew through the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, UK, this morning (2nd of June). Hawks and other training jets are common sights, but I’ve not seen these before and can’t identify ...
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Daily use of the UK airspace - VFR flights

I am considering flying to the UK this summer with a small airplane. I heard that the daily use of the airspace is somewhere published by CAA (or NATS), including the activation of Dangerous / ...
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Do any UK universities include PPL/Commercial flight training as part of an aviation degree?

I recently became interested in becoming a commercial pilot after buying Flight Simulator X and a Saitek Yoke system. I'm still studying my GCSE's, and I am now debating between computer science and a ...
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Who issues the Type Certificate in the UK?

Who issues a type certificate in the UK, I think in the US it is the FAA?
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How (and when) does Heathrow alternate arrival paths?

I've noticed that flights over Richmond (particularly arrivals) seem to have significantly reduced over the last few weeks. This is based on looking at Flightradar, as well as listening to the noise ...
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How many private jets land at Heathrow airport per day?

Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, one would assume most traffic there is reserved for commercial airliners because they carry a much larger number of passengers. How many ...
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Are private jets allowed to land at London Heathrow?

Heathrow is among the worlds busiest airports, with traffic mostly (entirely?) from airliners. Are private/business jets (e.g. Gulfstream G650 or Cessna Citation X) allowed to land at Heathrow? If so,...
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Why paint a British roundel on a non-British Lynx?

In recent years, some of the Westland Lynx helicopters of the Portuguese Navy have undergone some form of mid-life update (MLU) in order to have their engines and avionics upgraded. Also, allegedly, a ...
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(UK) Why did Colin Furze's Hoverbike not require a licence?

Link: Why did he not need a licence to fly this?
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When was the last commercial hot air balloon fatality in the UK?

When was the last commercial hot air balloon fatality in the UK?
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Exceeded myopia limit on UK CAA Class 1 Medical, am I still eligible?

I am 17 and this may sound stupid but my vision in my left eye is -4.50, and my right eye is -7. My right eye exceeds the limit of -6 by just 1, I am following off the UK CAA guidelines as I hope to ...
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Why are Gatwick's runways too close together?

Gatwick Airport has two runways (08L/26R and 08R/26L), but they are only 200 metres apart - too close (by just ten metres) to allow simultaneous operations on both runways. As a result, usually only ...
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CAP 413: Callsign-first replies in UK RT procedure?

Taking a UK Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence course and have fallen into a rabbithole. From CAP 413 edition 23 (the CAA's Radiotelephony Manual): 2.48 The placement of the callsigns of both ...
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UK noise certificate for below 9000kg?

This is regarding UK regulation - The Air Navigation (Noise Certification) Order 1990. I am curious what is the reason of specify this particular upper weight limit here: "every propeller driven ...
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How much does glider insurance typically cost in the UK? [closed]

I (and my colleague from the club) plan to buy K8B glider. Does anyone know how much the insurance can be? We are both "just solo" pilots in our 50s. All insurance companies require details ...
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Is there a career path to fly fast, military jets without being in the military?

I would like to pilot or fly in fighter jets however as I have mild asthma I cannot join the Royal Air Force. So is it possible to fly in or pilot these kinds of aircraft as a career without being in ...
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Do any RAF helicopters have skids instead of wheels?

Are there any current, or Cold War-era, Royal Air Force helicopters fitted with skids as standard? I seem to recall hearing, when I served, that RAF helicopters only ever had wheels, whereas skids ...
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Why was the Vulcan bomber used for the Falklands raid?

There is a lot of information about this complex operation. But can anybody explain why they chose to use an aircraft? They could easily shoot cruise missiles from a ship or ballistic missiles from a ...
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What is this British bomber?

From previous answers this is probably at RAF Duxford in the mid-1930s.
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How did Soapy get to fly Hornets?

Allegedly, in early June 1983, while flying a Sea Harrier during a NATO exercise off the coast of Portugal, Royal Navy's Sub-Lieutenant Ian "Soapy" Watson found himself in a rather ...
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What is the difference between the red and black box identifiers on UK airport charts?

On UK airport charts like the one below for Manchester (EGCC), what is the difference between an identifier with white lettering on a red square and one with yellow lettering on a black square with a ...
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Can UK CAA modular exams done before Brexit be used towards an EASA license?

I am stuck with some EASA basic modules (Form 148) and some UK CAA modular exams. Now I want to apply to get an EASA B1.1 license but the problem is German aviation authority (Luftfahrtbundesamt) is ...
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Why is London City getting a virtual tower?

(Source) London City is not a remote-low-traffic airport. Staffing a remote airport is like having lighthouse keepers. That I understand. And yet the tower will be closed, and moved off-airport to ...
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What documents/procedures I have to follow to fly my aircraft from the UK to Norway?

I'm planning a trip to Norway for when Covid restrictions here in the UK are lifted, and was wondering what documentation is needed to enter Norway. I've already emailed AVINOR, and they simply gave ...
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Is it illegal for Joe Public to listen to ATC in the UK?

I recall that in the UK (unlike in the rest of the world) we have a law forbidding the listening to of air traffic control, dating back a century, to the days of paranoia over spies! What is this law,...
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Why does London have so many airports?

London has six international airports: Heathrow, City, Luton, Southend, Stansted, and Gatwick. It might even have eight international airports if you count Birmingham Airport and Southampton Airport. ...
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Thinking of changing careers! [closed]

A little background: I am a senior software engineer with over 14 years of experience. I will turn 30 soon. I live in the UK but I'm neither a British citizen nor from EU member country. BSc in ...
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What callsigns do UK Medical Emergency Response Teams use?

I'm making a simulation game and there's a large focus on the humanitarian effort military personnel put in, putting aside the shooting and more on the story. Part of this is a Medical Emergency ...
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What is the 'Deconfliction Service'?

High Speed Flights 2.36 - When receiving an ATS surveillance service, certain ex-military aircraft types have been granted a CAA exemption from the Air Navigation Order requirement to fly at an ...
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Gas Venting Stations: What's The Big Deal?

On sectional charts you can see that, through various restrictions, regulators encourage pilots to avoid flying too close to Gas Venting Stations. These seem to be places where natural gas may ...
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Is it possible to be a pilot for both the RAF and a Commercial company?

I have always wanted to be a pilot for both the RAF and Commercial airlines. Would it be possible for me to serve, for say 6 months in the RAF, and then when not deployed work as a commercial pilot. ...
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Where can I find Take off and Landing Zones for GIS Integration?

I am a GIS specialist and looking to plot the take off and landing zones into major and minor airports across the UK. This is dominantly to see land affected by noise pollution from air traffic. If ...