Flying around the UK

Barbara and Ian

Ian with C42 G-FLYC at Tatenhill, December 2019

Ian is a keen private pilot and has held a UK National Private Pilot’s License since 2012.

He mostly flies an Ikarus C42 microlight category aircraft. The C42 is a two seat sport aircraft with a maximum take off weight of 450kg and a cruising speed of 80 knots.

Over 150 airfields visited

Southampton Oct 2021

The weather is CAVOK!, C42 G-FLYC near Southampton, taken from sister ship G-SFLB

Ian has visited 157 different airfields in the C42, ranging from small grass farm strips to some larger UK airports including Alderney, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Exeter, Norwich, Oxford and Southend.

To mark the 100th airfield he visited he landed at Birmingham International, at one point No4 in the circuit to an Emirates A380 and two Ryanair 737s!

On the day he visited his 150th airfield he landed at the small hill top airfield of Nayland with its steep upslope, a little like landing at the famous Courcheval Altiport!

Like many UK private pilots, after waiting out the long groundings for Covid lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, Ian is now back in the air for more flying adventures.

Ikarus C42 G-FLYC at Birmingham

Ikarus C42 G-FLYC in front of the old 1930s terminal at Birmingham, October 2018

C42s G-FLYC

Barbara boards G-FLYC at RAF Halton, November 2021

C42s G-SFLB and G-FLYC

C42s G-SFLB and G-FLYC at RAF Halton, November 2021

G-FLYC Lands End airport October 2021

G-FLYC Lands End airport October 2021

Lands End October 2021

Approaching Land’s End, the most westerly point of mainland England

Naylands steep sloping runway

Naylands steep sloping runway, August 2021

Final approach to Nayland

Final approach to Nayland

Flying with record breaking Barbara

Ian does most of his flying with Barbara, an amazing pilot who is 88 years old and still going strong. We believe she holds the UK record for qualifying for her private pilots license at the oldest age, 79 years old.

Barbara and Ian

Barbara at the controls of C42 G-FLYC

Barbara has joined Ian on many of his airfield adventures and has now passed 125 different airfields visited in the UK herself too.

We fly from Lower Upham airfield near Southampton UK with Solent Flight, more details at www.solentflight.co.uk

After many months out of action because of UK Covid-19 lockdowns we are now back in the air for more adventures!

Here are a selection of pictures from some of our past trips in the UK.

More Flying Pictures

At Eastchurch June 2021

Ian’s flying partner Barbara at beautiful Eastchurch airfield in Kent, June 2021

At Bristol April 2021

Ian at Bristol April 2021, some of 21 stored Easyjet’s in the background

At Stoke June 2021

At Stoke microlight airfield in Kent, June 2021. Its a tight squeeze, railway and power cables to the north, sea wall to the south!

Approaching Bristol April 2021

Approaching Bristol April 2021

Barbara and Ian

Barbara at Ledbury September 2020

Barbara and Ian

G-FLYC at Norwich September 2020

Barbara and Ian

Barbara and Ian at Birmingham in 2018

Barbara and Ian

Steep sloping runway at EastBach Farm in 2020

Barbara and Ian

At Wycombe Air Park 2017

Barbara and Ian

At Cardiff 2017

Barbara and Ian

Barbara with C42 G-SFLB at Sittles Farm 2016

Alderney

Alderney in 2016

Alderney

Southend in 2015

Alderney

At Inflite Southend in 2015