Flying around the UK
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
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.
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 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.
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