At Alouette we are proud of our members, especially when they achieve a milestone in their flying. From a first solo, qualifying cross country to NPPL or PPL. On this page we list all of those member's achievements.
So frustrating and so close! The weather has put a lot of people off their training progress, but Steve remained patient and it paid off.
Trying to get a Qualifying Cross Country flight done was proving very frustrating. Especially as, like so many others, the validity of his written tests was due to expire in a few days time!
Then one morning (and it was a morning only) there was a break in the weather. Frantic 'phone calls saw Steve venture on this long flight. On his successful return to Biggin the weather closed in again.
Now for some revision and the skills test all within the next few days. Booked once - booked twice - eventually got to go.
I was not there on test day as I was on holiday but Steve will admit to being a little anxious - but he needn't have been. Well done Steve. Now the pressure is off you can enjoy your licence.
After a long period of bad luck due to our unpredictable weather, we are pleased to report that Adrian has now completed his skills test and is waiting for that all-important document to drop on the mat fresh from the CAA. 15 cancelled Qualifying Cross Country (QXC) must be a record!
In his own words;
It's been a long time coming! I first attempted my QXC in May 2012, where I ended up getting stranded at Manston watching the windsock at 70 degrees to the runway and wind picking up fast whilst I checked in to TG Aviation.
I was rescued by Alan Powell and Noel Baker, who were at Headcorn in JO at the time and had to fly back to Biggin and jump in Alan's car for the long drive to Manston - thanks Alan!! I flew back safely with Noel at my side. A long Summer, Autumn then Winter followed with around 15 cancelled QXC bookings. I thought I would never complete the course before my exams all ran out on 9th March 2013.
But, we had a small window in the weather this week so I cracked out the QXC on Saturday 2nd March (a very pleasurable trip to Lydd then along the coast to Goodwood before returning to Biggin), had a gruelling 6 hours of ground and air revision with Terry Gordon on Sunday 3rd March, a day of CAA paperwork on Monday, before taking my Skills Test with Roger Patterson from Kent and Surrey (a truly calming gent) on Tuesday 5th March! Phew - 3 days before my exams run out!!
Many thanks to all who helped make this all work for me; James, Terry, Roger and Don - a big thanks to you all. And a very big thanks to my instructor and friend Noel Baker; I have had a thoroughly enjoyable journey to achieving my PPL with him.
Congratulations are in order for Sam who has just completed his Skills test and is now waiting for that licence to drop on the mat, what a great Christmas present!
In his own words;
I started learning in February, with James. It was something I'd always wanted to do since being in Air Cadets at school, but never really found the time. So very glad I eventually managed it, flying after work, at weekends, and despite the awful weather this year and JO being out of action for a month. Took me 49 hours in the end, half and half in JO and AK. I should also really thank Don for his help, not least with all the new EASA forms and arranging the skills test with Ray Watson. Very much looking forward to using the licence as often as I can in the future.
Joe completed his first solo last Saturday 18th August having satisfied his instructor, James Harvey, that he was ready for the challenge that many of us have faced.
In his own words;
"Taking to the skies for the first time on your own is an amazing feeling, and I still have that buzz of excitement following my solo. I can't help but smile every time I look in my log book and see 'Self' under the column for 'captain'." Well done Joe!
With the additional pressure of doing so during the Olympic restrictions, Russell completed his first solo last Thursday 9th August in our Cessna, Alpha Kilo, with instructor James Harvey.
Its a great feeling and, in his own words, he tells us that he's still smiling following his achievement!
"No matter what decisions EASA and the CAA decide about our IMC rating; Gerry has one. Gerry passed the test today 6th June 2012 and now can show he has the life saving skills to fly in IMC. His training sometimes involved flights in some really dubious weather, yet his concentration always meant our safe return. Well done Gerry."
Merscidies recently completed her first solo in our Cessna 172 G-BRAK. In her own words;
"I thank God for this achievement and that I am now part of the solo pilot family!"
Well done Merscidies!
Silet recently completed his first solo, having had various delays due to pressure of work. He originally began flying in our old Tomahawk G-BMTO, which we no longer have, but did his solo in the PA28 G-BUJO.
Like most people at Alouette, Silet just loves flying!
Having flown his first solo circuit on Friday the 8th of April, Robbie has again fallen foul of the weather gods when it came to his skills test.
However Robbie no longer needs to flap his arms trying to fly – he has his own licence now! Having completed his training some weeks ago he suffered a long wait and host of delays for his final test. His instructor Bruno disappeared for a week and so instructor Ian took him up for revision. Then the fog arrived – and stayed – and stayed. An examiner was on standby, the aircraft was sitting there but the weather was sour; the birds were walking! Well now that long wait is over, so congratulations to Robbie for gaining his NPPL.
Having gained his PPL with Alouette, then his night rating, Pete has now completed his IMC rating with Ian Davidson, taking the test on Tuesday 27th September with Roger Patterson.
Commenting on Ian's instruction Pete said "He is very good and pushes you to the limit. He certainly ironed out some of my bad habits!!".
Well done once again Pete, its nice to know you have that IMC when you are in the left hand seat (or the right for that matter!).
Congratulations are due to Jordan who passed his skill test on the 10th of July 2011 with examiner Roger Patterson.
Jordan completed his first solo last autumn and went on to take the skill test with a total of just 50 hours under his belt.
Well done and welcome to the Alouette achievers page.
Well done to Stefan for obtaining his IMC on Saturday 11th June 2011 when he passed the skill test with examiner Roger Patterson.
Stefan also added a night rating to his licence, having carried out the necessary training with resident instructor Ian Davidson.
Stefan completed his skills test with Alouette, and qualified as a PPL, on 24th April 2010 in just over 51 hours.
Stefan took his first lesson on 28th September 2008, went solo on 7th June 2009 and completed his Qualifying Cross Country on 31st January 2010. Unusually, during his training Stefan started on the Tomahawk, then flew Echo Alpha and finally Alpha Kilo so has actually flown all the club aircraft, including two we don't have any more!
The latest person to pass his Skills test at Alouette and join the pilots at Alouette is Tom Wheeler so many congratulations are in order.
The following was written by his instructor, Bruno;
Tom is a very busy person ! Seen at week ends at the Air Scouts hall at Biggin helping youngsters understand some aspects of flight; then starting a new job; finding time to train and study for a PPL; then having to take a flight test !!!!
This all came together today, Saturday 16th April, and Tom passed his skills test ! Well done Tom ! Typically, having achieved a life long ambition, he simply went back to the Scout hall and continued to help others. (I was tempted to say "What a guy" but it sounded a bit over the top !)
Adrian did his first solo last Tuesday 8th March 2011.
Paul completed his PPL Skills test with our CFI and examiner Don Beard on Wednesday 5th May 2010 having carried out his training with instructor Bruno Bruniges. Paul overcame the vagaries of working shifts, including night work to concentrate on the studies and the practical side of flying. He has also been seen at the Club updating paperwork, graphs, charts and making flight planning a bit easier for us mere mortals. Once Gatwick issues his licence you will no doubt be seeing him enjoying his new found freedom.
Solly worked hard through the summer and still found time to laugh and enjoy the flying.
Working nights was a little tiring to say the least and much sleep was lost due to waking up just to find the TAF wasn't quite right and flying was cancelled. Yet his enthusiasm has proved its worth and now Solly can relax a little and enjoy his new found freedom in the air. Well done.
Our congratulations to Martin Rackauskas who completed his skills test at Alouette on Monday 22nd June 2009.
Congratulations to Steve Aylward who recently completed his first solo.
Well done to Eugeniu Namolovan having passed his skills test this June, 2009.
Eugeniu has set himself high targets in his flying career and has shown determination by working in this country to pay for his training. His family at home in Moldova must be very proud of him.
Like all students at Alouette his biggest problem during training was the British weather which as we know can be somewhat frustrating. Yet Eugeniu overcame this, as well as keeping shift work and travel commitments.
Well done Eugeniu !
Many of you will know Richard, our club treasurer, and his sterling efforts to achieve his PPL. Well we are pleased to report that last Wednesday he qualified and we send our heartfelt congratulations to him. In his own words;
“I’m grateful to all the members and instructors who tolerated, inspired and encouraged me to keep focusing on the end goal – I expect it’s a relief for everybody (especially my wife Kim)
Looking forward to lots of recreational flying with friends and family and taking advantage of the opportunities that a PPL presents.”
With the dubious honour of being the first on this new page, our congratulations to Ying Li who passed his Skill Test at Alouette on 6th May 2008. Ying did his cross country to Lydd and Earls Colne and, shortly afterwards with the weather obviously on his side (!), completed the PPL(A) Skill Test.