Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. January through March 2018.

Following my foundation flight training in Arizona back in 2017 I am now working on obtaining my Multi Engine - Instrument Rating as part of the training. 


Simulator phase

After arrival in Bournemouth it is a matter of getting used to the new environment. The rules in Europe (EASA) differ quite significantly to the ruleset in the USA (FAA). Before jumping in the airplane the emphasis is on converting and refining the skillset that has been obtained in the period up to the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) skill test.


Instrument Rating

Following the simulator flights, it is time to get back in the real airplane again. For the first time in just over two months! Due to the quality of the simulator (FNPT II), the amount of flights needed in preparation of the Instrument Rating Test (IRT) can be kept to an absolute minimum. It is mainly a matter of getting used to how the airplane reacts in certain weather situations and to deal with real-world ATC, which can be pretty busy sometimes. The IR phase is concluded by an internal check (170A) and the all-affixing IRT.

Upset Prevention And Recovery Training (UPART)

"Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPART) is dedicated pilot training developed specifically to mitigate the risk of Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I), aviation’s biggest threat to air safety. UPRT has often been referred to by other terms including all-attitude maneuver training, stall/spin awareness & recovery, advanced maneuvers training, upset recognition training, emergency maneuver training, upset prevention training and more." (, 2018) UPART is conducted in a Slingsby T67M 'Firefly'.


Instrument Training

In progress

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