Sleap: 2012 BAeA Standard competition number 2

This weekend happened to be my second competition of the year, up at my ‘home’ airfield of Sleap in Shropshire (officially I will be based there, but I’ve had the aeroplane down south all year so far and as such this was in fact only my second visit to the airfield)....

Fitness and mental agility, Part 1

A few of you have asked me a couple of times now if I’d write a bit about fitness and the kind of physical training I do. I should just say that the reality of my training is that most of it isn’t really geared toward the flying as I’m already pretty fit and certainly...

Decision making and the art of backing out

“If in doubt, chicken out!” I started rock climbing when I was sixteen, and have since spent many hours out in the hills, on rock faces and crags in both the summer sunshine and the depths of the icy winter darkness. For several years now ice climbing has...