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Learning To Fly

Learning To Fly PPL UK

Today, I am interviewing my husband, Mr W, about his experiences learning to fly. He has completed roughly 45 hours in the air and hopes to pass his private pilot’s licence later this year. I have yet to gather up the courage to be a passenger in the plane he flys, but soon I will!

What Made You Want To Learn To Fly?

It is something I’ve always wanted to do but thought it was unobtainable because of the cost. I thought it was exclusive and something only for the rich to do. I didn’t realise that although it isn’t cheap to learn, it is within the means of many people.

How Did You Start?

Well as you know, I hinted for an experience day trial flight and you bought me one. I enjoyed it a lot, so much so that I booked a series of flying lessons with my local flying school.

PA38 Learning to Fly

Swansea Airport Under Grey Skies


What Type Of Plane Do You Fly?

The plane I fly is a little Piper Tomahawk PA-38. It’s quite a simple plane to fly, a bit agricultural!

What Does It Feel Like To Be In Control Of  A Plane?

I was nervous the very first time because you can’t pull over to the side of the road, but you soon get used to it. The instructor would never send you on your own if he has any doubt about your ability to get back down safely.

What Do You Love The Most About Flying?

The views and how quickly you can get from A to B. You are not stuck in the traffic. You get a different perspective on the countryside from above too.

The Gower From The Air

Beautiful Three Cliffs Bay On The Gower Peninsula


What Do You Want To Do With Your Private Pilot Licence In The Future?

Fly places! Even if it is just down to Cornwall, which would be a six-hour drive in the car, but only 40 minutes to fly. Swansea flying club has weekend fly outs to the Channel Islands, Southern Ireland and France, and then stay for a night or two and fly back.

Mr W is learning to fly with the Cambrian Flying Club, Swansea.

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  • Christine Dodd
    August 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I too thought this was a hobby for the rich only – great news that it’s affordable. Hope you pluck up the courage to go with him to take in those amazing views.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      It’s not cheap but not as expensive as I originally thought and it is spread over a year or two.

  • Nicola Murdock
    August 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    What an incredible talent to have and what stunning pictures!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      You do get a stunning view and a new perspective of where you live.

  • Kacie
    August 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I can’t imagine how great it must feel to fly a plane; I love flying as it is, but to know that I was responsible for it happening – now that would be amazing!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      It was scary the first time I went solo, knowing everything was up to me but now I love it.

  • Victoria Marden
    August 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I have always wanted to learn to fly and maybe one day it will happen, we have a small airport not far from us that you can learn at called Lydd x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      You should have a go at a trial lesson if you have the chance, that what I did and then I was hooked.

  • Rachel
    August 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    A friend of mine has just learnt to fly and she absolutely loves it, says it is the best experience ever and her mister just bought her a little 2 seater as a gift!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      I hope Mrs W will buy me a plane when I finally pass, I doubt it.

  • Ickle Pickle
    August 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Oh wow – what an amazing thing to learn to do! You can fly down to see us when you get yourselves a plane 😉 Kaz x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

      I can see Caldey Island as soon as I take off to the west, it’s not too far away.

  • Hannah
    August 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I would absolutely love to be able to do this!

  • Sarahjane
    August 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    This started out as a hobby for one of my friends which he then turned into a very successful career as a commercial pilot! I think I’ll definitely stay as a passenger though!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      There’s a few younger people learning to fly who want to be commercial pilots, I’m doing it just for fun.

  • Zoe IKIWN
    August 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    What a brilliant thing to learn to do, it must be incredible to experience actually flying a plane yourself.! Nice to know it’s much more affordable than I thought too 🙂 x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      It’s strange the first time you fly on your own, you look to your right and there’s no-one sitting there!!

  • Olivia Thristan
    August 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Omg wow this is such an amazing thing to learn to do, so interesting 😀 x