Now a school air­craft

Pilot - - FLIGHT TEST | REFURBISHE­D CESSNA F172N -

Ini­tially, Mark pur­chased the Cessna 172 for peo­ple who wanted to do a bit of in­stru­ment and glass cock­pit train­ing, as well as tour­ing, within a small group of around ten peo­ple, who would all look af­ter the air­craft. Mark was keen to en­sure that mem­bers were pro­fes­sional in their at­ti­tudes to both fly­ing and main­tain­ing the air­craft. Now, how­ever, the aero­plane will be used in a newly-formed fly­ing school (Academy Avi­a­tion: www. acade­myavi­a­tion.co.uk) at North Weald, op­er­ated in con­junc­tion with Ed­die Lamb. Mark is an FI(R) while Ed­die is FI, IR(I), MEI as well as a PPL, MEP and IMC re­newals Ex­am­iner. They also have an agree­ment with Damyn’s Hall so train­ing can take place there if re­quired.

The ATO is al­ready set-up and ap­proved by the CAA. The new school of­fers PPL, LAPL, Night Rat­ing, IMC and IR(R) train­ing. They have a lovely Cessna 152 and the four-seat F172N which can be used for train­ing. The school also of­fers air­craft rentals and li­cence re­newals. Ed­die is also an FAA in­struc­tor/ CFI/CFII/MEI so can con­duct FAA train­ing and re­newals.

Mark and Ed­die plan to add fur­ther, sim­i­larly im­mac­u­late air­craft to the school “Learn­ing to fly is an ex­pen­sive pas­time so for an ex­tra £5 to £10 an hour you can fly in a nice, well-main­tained and at­trac­tive air­craft,” says Mark.

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