Diary of a newbie
Enjoying your magazine and appreciate it must be difficult to produce something that is all things to all men. Presumably many new subscribers are still doing their PPL and might appreciate the input of a fellow newbie. I’m still in the early stages; just getting to do some regular ‘touch and go’ circuit work. My impressions so far — things I’ve learned, if you will — are as follows: Flyers as a breed seem to be a lot more down to earth than some ‘professional’ groups I could mention. Biggles style flying jackets are bigger than the aircraft you learn in, so not much use outside tragic posing in front of your kite (did I really call it that?). Ditto Ray Ban Aviators, which break the seal on your DC ’phones and make clouds look even more threatening. You will sometimes head to a lesson convinced you’ve forgotten everything and that your instructor will consider you a complete imbecile. After an hour or so in the air however, your confidence returns and you’re ready to take on Goering’s finest. Planes want to fly, not land, so giving them a firm bouncing on the runway reminds them you’re in charge. You will dispense with pounds and euros, instead favouring the currency of flying lessons, e.g. “If I don’t buy that, and we don’t visit so and so, that’s equivalent to a lesson!” You will buy all of Mr Pratt’s excellent textbooks and casually leave them around the house/car as bait for unwary visitors. Once successfully trapped, you can talk aviation at the poor saps. Your partner will have no interest in flying and won’t recognise PPL qualifications, the Civil Aviation Authority, NASA or anyone else involved in this shady pastime. Please feel free to extend this list!