After celebrating my 41st Birthday yesterday I was very much looking forward to today as after nearly seven years of not touching the controls, I had booked in my first flying lesson to renew my SEP(L) rating and convert to an EASA PPL(A).
I have decided to join Fife Flying Club which is based at Fife Airfield in Glenrothes as I used to be based in Fife when I was a syndicate owner of a lovely TB9 a number of years ago. The resident ATO is Tayside Aviation who have a satellite base in Fife and a main hub at Dundee Airport from which they teach PPL(A), CPL(A), IR, MEP and Flight Instructor Courses among ATPL Ground School and even a BSc Degree programme.
Having visited Fife a couple of weeks ago I had booked myself in with an instructor whom I knew as he used to check me out from time to time when I was a syndicate owner of a lovely TB9 based at Fife Airport.
The day starts promising with a wake up call to go and put our horses out into the field for the day (they should be out full time from next week, I do like summer!). After a 45 minute drive I arrive at Fife and walk into Tayside Aviation where I was greeted by my instructor and also a new instructor who had only passed his Assessment of Competence a week earlier.
Last time I was a member they had the flying school in the main building where the famous Tipsy Nipper restaurant is located. Since then a lot has changed with the restaurant expanding a little, the old “greenhouse” radio room being demolished and a new pre-fabricated building serving its purpose as the premises for Tayside Aviation and an outpost for the Radio operator.
I was asked if I would mind if I was swapped over to the new instructor and I gladly said that was no problem at all, for it will give him experience with putting someone through an SEP(L) renewal programme.
The plan for this first flight was to see how rusty I was and to plan what we were to do from there. We were to depart and head East, along the coast towards Crail where we would go through upper air work such as Steep Turns. On the way we would practice slow flight and on the way back a load of PFL’s. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!