After watching Arthur Williams, Flying Across Britain, it made me very nostalgic about my own time carving routes in the sky. Since passing my PPL in 2015 I only recently completed my hour building adventure whilst on ATPL ground school in 2018.
Having passed my PPL in the summer of 2015, Over the next 18 months (December 2016) I did 25 hours command time in a single engine piston aircraft. In 2017, I more than doubled that, as I was about to start ATPL theory ground school in November. During ground school I did my night rating and some practice to keep me current, 7 hours’ worth. On the 24th June 2018 I hit the magical 100-hour Pilot in Command number returning from the Isle of Wight on a blue-sky summers’ day with a few course mates.
A few random stats:
- 85hours 35mins
- 5090nm navigational flown
- 33 different airfields
- 4 types of aircraft – mostly variants of Piper Warrior/Arrow and Cessna 150/2
For those in similar shoes and wanting ideas for the Commercial Pilots License cross country qualifier (300nm, 2 airfield stops) who are based in and around the London area, I did 2:
Westbound returning via Salisbury Plain and the South Coast (Total: 370nm)
Leg 1: Stapleford to Dunkeswell via Princes Risborough and Taunton
Leg 2: Dunkeswell to Compton Abbas via Honiton
Leg 3: Compton Abbas to Stapleford via Lymington, Ryde, Deanland and Brands Hatch
Channel crossing via the Isle of Wight returning via Fairoaks (Total: 341nm)
Leg 1: Stapleford to Alderney via St Catherines Point (Isle of Wight)
Leg 2: Alderney to Fairoaks via Thorney Island and Ockenden VOR
Leg 3: Fairoaks to Stapleford via Brands Hatch
For those who are new to their PPL and want to gain experience, I would highly recommend joining a group like: Meetup.com – Flyouts from London – many of my hours have been spent with like minded pilots, building experience and enjoying the process.