FS Paul Fothergill has successfully completed his Flying Scholarship at Dundee Airport and gone solo after 10 hours training. His report is below
My Flying scholarship took place in Dundee in Scotland with Tayside Aviation. The course ran over a total of 2 weeks, but unfortunately for me, the weather came in for the first 3 days that I was there, but having ground school to do, we were always busy! If we were not in lessons we were busy learning our Air Law, in preparation for going solo once we completed our training.
When we did get in the air, each sortie that we did was 1 hour long. Straight from the start, your instructor pushes you to do as much as possible with out him intervening. Before I had even taken off on my first sortie, I was made to do all of the Radio calls to the control tower as well as taxiing and all the necessary safety checks. Straight from the start of your flying, you were in charge of that aircraft.
Through the sorties over the two weeks, you were taken through all of the controls of the aircraft, emergency drills, landings, take-offs and stalls. You would then move onto circuits. Once you had this all sorted, which took me 11 hours, you would be allowed to go solo, flying the aircraft in a circuit on your own with no help from the pilot what so ever! The feeling of being totally in control of this very expensive aircraft was certainly scary, but there was the thrill of being able to fly an aircraft, by yourself after only 2 weeks of training! The bit I found hardest was the landing, as this was the time when I was most likely to break the aircraft, but despite it being a bit bumpy, I managed to land safely, coming back to the cheers of the rest of my course!
The course was certainly very good, with good accommodation at the hotel and wicked staff at the flying school, all paid for by the RAF! I recommend this course to absolutely everyone!