Each week Harvey and I welcome new people to simulator flying and we have made some wonderful friends with different aspirations and backgrounds but with a common enjoyment of operating aeroplanes on one of the most modern flight simulators in the UK.
In the past week we learnt that teenager Travis was due to have an interview for a flying job – what better than to be able to describe to his interviewer how he landed a Tiger Moth with a faulty engine on an old runway – most licensed pilots would have been happy with that result!
Val aged around 80 was determined to fly even though she is wheel chair bound but was able to heave herself into the pilot seat – she took off and flew very nicely around Norfolk before landing and realized that flying is not so mysterious after all; her husband John also enjoyed an energetic flight in a Spitfire and his memories of being bombed in Norwich during the war were fascinating. It’s a great occasion for small groups of four over a couple of hours as we can always ensure that everyone has a chance to fly.
Ashley and his lovely family brought some previous knowledge as he is already a ‘flight simmer’ so particularly enjoyed flying around the Welsh hills in a Red Arrow Hawk trainer. He then went on to fly a BAe 146 very competently from London City airport to Heathrow.
It was particularly good to welcome back teenager Abby and her grandfather today who had ‘flown’ for an hour before Christmas – today was the first hour of a five hour course where we could slow it all down and actually follow a checklist from engine start to engine shut down and Abby has a text book on learning to fly – so should make rapid progress…
So thank you to all of you for your continued support and we hope to bring you news very soon about our expansion plans at Norwich airport – the design of which is well advanced – we expect to be up and running by Easter!