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Joe’s First Solo

Joe’s First Solo Circuit!

Hey! I’m Joe.

I’m 16 years old and currently a student pilot with Cloudbase Aviation.

I was first inspired to learn to fly when I was around 10 years old. My Uncle is a commercial pilot
but also flies a Cessna 172. He took me up for a local flight and after that it definitely triggered the
infamous “Flying Bug”. Anyway, fast forward 6 years to the Christmas just gone and my mother purchased a
“Air Experience” from Cloudbase Aviation.

We had to re-schedule the air experience flight a couple of times due to the bad weather over the Christmas period
but finally the day came!

Not quite sure what to expect, I met Phil and we went straight into it. We got into the plane, a Flight Design CTSW, and taxied over to the holding point to take off on Runway 25.
This was a temporary runway (the taxiway!) due to the waterlogged airfield and it bends so that was exciting. We were up in the air within seconds and after 5 minutes out to the East of the aerodrome, Phil gave me control of the aircraft.

Even though this was my first lesson, we went straight into the basic Syllabus (straight & level, turning, climbing and
descending). After an hour we were back on the ground and I had the biggest smile on my face!

I was hooked.

That same day I purchased 2 more air experience flights so that I could make sure learning to fly was the correct choice (and it was!). The 2nd flight, I went up with Will (EasyJet Co-Pilot) and I did the take off under a lot of instruction. The 3rd hour was the same out to the east for a local flight getting used to the aircraft and the local airspace.

After 3 hours of flying in the CTSW I knew I wanted to pursue private flying and I assessed my options. I seriously considered purchasing a block of 10 hours but after hearing all about the Cloudbase share-scheme, I ended up making
the choice to purchase a share in G-KUPP, so that I could benefit from much cheaper flying lessons and also have a great aircraft to carry on my flying after I get my licence. I’ve never looked back.
My flying cost went down to just £80 per hour compared to the standard £146 per hour.

Fast Forward 8 Months…… I am now flying solo! I have done 27 hours of flight training and 3 hours of that has been Solo.

I’m well on track to get my private pilot’s licence (I can’t get it until I’m 17). Cloudbase is supporting through my written examinations and by being part of the Cloudbase Club I have had a chance to go flying in a 1933 Stampe Bi-Plane doing some pretty extreme aerobatics!

Flying To France

Flying VFR To France! Having recently flown the CTSW to France, I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick post about the trip, so if any club members wanted to do the same, the process is well documented. In all my time growing up and working at Cloudbase, I never managed

Microlight Flying Lessons

Microlight Lessons – Getting Your Microlight Flying Licence Legally, what is a Microlight? A microlight aeroplane is one designed to carry not more than two persons which has a Maximum Total Weight Authorised (MTWA) not exceeding: 300 kg for a single seat landplane. 390 kg for an amateur built single seat landplane for which a

Club Fly Out – Headcorn

Saturday 21st June 2014 After a morning of instruction on G-CDJF, we decided to take the fleet over to Headcorn for afternoon tea. With Tom flying the new CTSW and Trevor piloting the CT2K, we took off in formation and continued eastbound to Kent. With the usual parachuting and aviation-friendly atmosphere in Headcorn, we all

The Cloudbase Club’s Useful Links

You may have noticed that the popular ‘useful links’ page has gone when updating our website. Fear not, here it is in all it’s glory; These are some links to sites that you may find useful: General Redhill Aerodrome – www.redhillaerodrome.com The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) – www.bmaa.org Weather Met Office aviation briefing services

Cloudbase Joins Instagram!

Cloudbase has embraced the 21st century. Not only do we have a brand-new website, but we’ve also joined Instagram making it easier than ever to find out what’s going on at the ‘super-friendly’ flying club! Simply download Instagram onto your smart-phone and search for cloudbase_aviation. Our daily photos will keep you up-to-date on who is