Mark Attwood

Flying

23 Aug 12
Flying Videos

Extraordinary crash video

Just watch this and find yourself flapping your arms in the last few seconds. Amazing that no-one died here, but other peoples’ crashes are our best learning lessons…

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10 Jun 12
Books About Flying

Aerobatics: Principles and Practise by David Robson

I knew I was on to a winner with this book as soon as I read the first line in the introduction: “The practise of aerobatics develops sensitivity, feel, judgement and anticipation – (as the actress said to the bishop)” Being someone who does actress/bishop gags to multiple sighs on a daily basis, I felt […]

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10 Jun 12
Flying Videos

More on the Pipistrel Virus

I was quite taken with the Pipistrel Virus (pronounced Veer-oos, it’s not a disease) on display at the Sywell Aero Expo 2012, so I did a bit more research on it and found a bunch of videos that show it in action better than my photo (which you can see in this post) does (which […]

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10 Jun 12
Flying Poetry

My early attempt at flying poetry

Cleaning my office out this morning, I found this old poetry anthology I was in from 1990 called “Live Poets Society” edited by Henry Normal. It was a group of young people who came together to read out our poems to each other after I put a poster up in Manchester offering people the chance […]

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26 May 12
Flying Events

Aero Expo UK 2012 at Sywell, Northamptonshire

I had been looking forward to returning to Sywell for the Aero Expo 2012 for a number of reasons, as these videos hopefully explain… I don’t think it can be underestimated what a difference glorious sun can make to an event like this. From the car park attendants jokes to the smiles of the faces […]

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4 May 12
Flying Training

Solo Sector Reccies

OK, the weather has been pants, but I managed to squeeze in a couple of solo sector reccies this week, as my course continues at it’s leisurely pace – leisurely when compared to my first flying course 26 years ago which involved doing 30 hours in 20 days!, which were immense fun. I’m really becoming […]

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28 Mar 12
Gyrocopters

Vertical Take-off in a Gyro!

Fantastic video I found here of a guy called Clark Cogan performing a vertical take off in his gyrocopter using hydrogen peroxide rockets at the tips of the rotor blades. I was surprised to see find that this was not a new idea and was famously tested on the Fairey Rotodyne (a 50-passenger carrying gyro) […]

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