How much runway do you need?

Knowing how much runway you have, and more importantly how much you need, is critical to executing safe take-offs and landings. So if you are afraid (rightfully so), of finding yourself in an ‘Oh sh*t!’ moment with some tall trees magnifying before you, then read on…

Magneto Checks – What are you actually checking?

We often don’t really know, or recall the reason why we are checking a particular item.The magneto check is one of these – we know it is one of the most important checks, and that we are looking for a particular drop, but what is the significance of the drop?

How a change in temperature en-route will affect your flight.

Ever thought that the ground looks closer even though your altimeter is still reading the same altitude? We look at how a temperature change will affect your flight and how to correct for it.

Briefing your passengers – Doing it right!

Even if you are a private pilot who just likes to take friends and family for flips on the weekend, it is important for their safety, and yours, that you brief them properly. However, this can be awkward, and is especially dependent on the type of person that is your passenger.

The Art of Taxiing

Here are some ways to show off good skill and airmanship the next time you taxi your aerie…

How temperature and dew point can help you determine flying conditions

Relative humidity, and dew point are important factors to you as a pilot, as it can help you determine what possible weather you may encounter en-route, and where the dangers lurk.

Why does Centre of Pressure move aft at the stall?

Do you know why the centre of pressure on an aircraft wing initially moves forward as the angle of attack increases, yet as it reaches the stall it moves backwards?

A Day Out… Flying aerobatics!

Going inverted, doing barrel rolls and loops, is something I have been prepared to sell a kidney for, since my early flying days. Aerobatic flight is nothing short of poetic to watch, but what is most intriguing, and inspiring, is the level of skill required to make it all seem effortless – much like the gymnastics of the skies.

How to choose a Flight School

I firmly believe that your decision should be made based on the quality of the instructors, professionalism of the school. and not necessarily the lowest prices.

10 Mistakes pilots make in an unmanned circuit pattern

You may be a student pilot, or a seasoned pilot, but somehow, when you are flying into an unmanned airfield, with no ATC to tell you what to do, these errors seem to produce themselves…

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Jim Davis’ Corner

Learning to fly a Green Aeroplane – or a J3 Cub if you prefer…

Learning to fly a Green Aeroplane – or a J3 Cub if you prefer…

Many years ago Geoff Towill blundered into my little flying school in George. He was in his mid 30s and had tatty clothes and locks of unkempt hair hanging over his face. He had that slightly wild look of a dotty professor. “Can you teach me to fly a green aeroplane?” He asked.

“I expect so. What sort of aircraft is it?”

“It’s a green one.” Geoff explained

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Interview – 5 Minutes with…

5 Minutes (and a bit!) with Karl Jensen

An amusing interview with Karl Jensen – a former SAA airline captain. A true aviator and gentleman, who will never stop loving the act of flying!


‘Sluggy’ Lugg

Ever wondered what it must be like to have 44 000 flying hours? Just ask ‘Sluggy’ Lugg! Our video interview will have you in stitches…

The Flight of: The Bum

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Airfield Hangouts…

Brakpan – Benoni (FABB)

Brakpan – Benoni (FABB)

Brakpan is a town known for its interesting car mods and hairstyles, however, the airfield is an understated hub of activity and cool people. FABB is one of the oldest airfields in South Africa - it was built before OR Tambo, which explains why it sits nestled in OR...

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Every young pilot who has trained in the Johannesburg area, will have, at some stage, performed at least a touch and go here, and therefore it has sentimental value.

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Why we like it: Nice ‘humpy’ runway, can be challenging the first time, but if you happen to have a bounce, you are usually out of the line of sight of the restaurant patrons…

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