Intro To The Principles Of Flight

People have wanted to fly for hundreds of years. There are children that grow up hoping they can fly through the skies one day like a bird. However, in reality, humans can’t fly through the air with ease. So, we came up with a way to get humans into the skies to experience flight.

There are various things and forces that need to be considered to achieve flight. In this piece, I’ll guide you through the two biggest principles.

Lift And Weight

One of the main principles of flight stems from Sir Isaac Newton’s law that ‘to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’. To understand this, let’s first take a look at some other vehicles. A boat on the water that weighs a ton is prevented from sinking from an upward force of the same value. The same applies to aircraft that are in flight. They have a certain weight and need to be countered by a similar upward force to stay in the air.

When a plane is in the sky, it has gravity pulling it back down to earth; this is known as the weight force. The upward force, or ‘lift’, acts against gravity and keeps the plane steady in the air. This upward force is generated by the air. More specifically, it’s generated by air moving under and over the wings. Moving air provides a force on objects, especially when the object is moving at speed. So, when a plane is soaring through the air, the force exerted is great enough to keep it up.

The easiest way to help make sense of this is to imagine cycling on a bike. If you pedal slowly, your hair tends to stay in one place. But, the faster you pedal, the quicker you move through the air. As a result, you find that your hair is blown back and stays stuck up as you pedal faster and faster. This is the air forcing it up and keeping it steady.

Thrust And Drag

Thrust and drag are two other forces that have an effect on aircraft in flight. I just explained how planes need to air flowing over their wings to get that lift force countering the weight. And, to do this, the plane needs to be going at a fast speed. This is where the thrust force comes into play. The engine of the aircraft will provide the thrust to send it through the air. Typically, this is done by jet engines taking in air and firing it backward at extreme speeds forcing the plane forwards.lift weight

Then, you have the opposite force to thrust, drag. Drag is essentially air resistance that prevents the aircraft from moving forward. Too much drag will mean a plane is too slow and can’t get the required lift to keep it up. So, more thrust is needed to counter the drag and keep the aircraft moving.

These are the two main principles of flight that you must strive to understand. In short, provide enough thrust to overcome the drag force. Then, you’ll be able to generate enough lift to counteract the weight.

Benefits of Being A Short Haul Commercial Pilot

Becoming a pilot opens your world up to various opportunities. A lot of people are unaware that there are lots of different jobs you can go for. Even the most typical of all pilot jobs, a commercial pilot, has subcategories. You can either be a short-haul pilot, or a long haul one.

Today, the focus will be on that first option; short haul pilots. What are the benefits of becoming one?

Short Flights Are Less Tiring

Cockpit-viewThe obvious benefit of being a short-haul pilot is that you don’t have to deal with lengthy flights. Flying around the world for ten hours can be very draining and tiring. But, short-haul flights last up to three hours, which is more than manageable. You get to have regular breaks and compose yourself before your next flight. Being in the air for more than three hours a day can be mentally difficult.

Multiple Flights Per Day

The fact that flights are so short also means that you get to have multiple flights a day. You can do anywhere between two or six flights, depending on how long they are. The benefit of this is that you get to see plenty of new places. It can be exciting getting to fly all over the place in one day.

Stable Working Pattern

iStock_000061375696_SmallMany pilots believe that the short-haul working pattern is more stable than the long-haul one. You get allocated your shifts and can plan your weeks in advance. A typical pattern will grant you three or four days off per week. So, there’s plenty of time for you to rest and have a social life too. Long-haul pilots have a more demanding job, and their life is more consumed by flying than yours would be. Plus, as a short-haul pilot, there’s more chance you’ll make it home for the night. Unless complications and delays occur, your final flight takes you back to your home airport. You’ll certainly do fewer overnight stays than long-haul pilots.

Well-Paid Job

Being a short-haul pilot means you’re going into a job that’s very well paid. At the lowest end of the scale, you’re looking at an annual wage of £30,000. The more experience you get, the more you stand to earn. Some short-haul commercial pilots are earning way above the national average wage.

Can Work Your Way Up The Ladder

There’s plenty of room for you to improve and become a better pilot with this job. Short-haul pilots can move up the career ladder and become captains with those top salaries. It’s better than a lot of pilot jobs where you don’t have a lot of room to advance in your career.

The life of a pilot can be very exciting and rewarding. Most commercial airlines will give you great benefit packages too. This includes discounts on flight tickets and plenty of holiday allowances. There are plenty of positives about being a short haul pilot; many people prefer it to flying long haul. It’s a great job to help you get started in your career as a pilot; that’s for sure.

3 Top Tips To Earn Your Pilots License

So you’ve decided that you want to earn your pilot’s license? That’s great. There’s just one problem: how do you do it? In this post, we’re going to look at the three key tips you need to get your pilot’s license.

1. Write Down Your Questions – And Ask Them

Flight training is a complicated subject. Not only do pilots have to learn the principles of flight, but they also have to know how aircraft work. That means that there is a lot of information that new pilots have to take on board.

It’s almost a given, therefore, that you’ll have lots of questions on the subject. But too many budding pilots shy away from asking questions. And this means that they aren’t getting the most out of their training course.

The best advice is to write down your questions when problems arise and then ask an instructor for the answers. Coming prepared with a series of questions helps focus the discussion and address the issues that you haven’t yet mastered. Ultimately, having the answers you need will make you a more confident and competent pilot.

2. Choose Your Instructor Wisely

Different instructors have different styles, so it’s important that you choose the instructor who is right for you. Some people will need an empathetic instructor who can be patient and understand their concerns and fears. Others will need an instructor who is direct and straight to the point. Still others will want a person who can motivate them to succeed and guide them through the technicalities.

It’s best to do a bit of research on any prospective instructors before you start flying. Ask colleagues or alumni what their experience of different trainers was like. Then, based on this information, think about which type of instructor would be the right choice for you.

Most people are happy with the schools that they join. But always remember, you don’t have to stick with a trainer you don’t like. There’s nothing to stop you from moving on if you feel your needs are not being met.

3. Do Private Study & Prep

As we’ve already discussed, learning to be a pilot is a challenging endeavour. Pilots need to learn about the control surfaces on their aircraft. They need to understand how the engine and the propeller work. They have to know how to use and understand the avionics instruments. And they need to understand the principles of aerodynamics. And in additional to all of that, they have to know what all of the buttons in the cockpit do while an aircraft is in flight.

All of this means that trainee pilots spend a lot of time with their heads in books and you should too. Doing your own private prep will better prepare you for the training sessions. And if you’re better prepared for the training sessions, you’ll ultimately get more out of them.

Training to be a pilot isn’t something that is inherently straightforward. But it is something that almost anybody can achieve, with the right attitude and advice. If you work hard, ask questions and find the right school, you’re on the road to success.


A Productive Rant About Commercial Flight Training

At some point, almost everybody has dreamed of flying. And thanks to the Wright brothers’ unlocking of the secrets of flight, this is something that all of us can now do. But, of course, some significant safeguards prevent just anyone from piloting an aircraft.

The biggest safeguard is, of course, flight training. Training for a private pilot license is essentially analogous to the training for a driver’s license. It’s what demonstrates that a person is capable of being in command of an aircraft safely. Thus, it’s critical to get it right.

At the moment, however, we see the rise of so-called two-week or 10-day courses. These are targeted at people who are in a rush to get their license. They’re sold as a way to get people flying their own aircraft as fast as possible. And the courses usually consist of eight or more hours of training each day over the specified period. Many of these courses appear to offer budding pilots everything that they could possibly want. They cover all the relevant training material, how planes work and flight controls. And they sell the courses as demanding, accelerated training, almost like it’s a rite of passage.

What’s more, the law isn’t against these sorts of practices. The International Civil Aviation Authority says that pilots need at least 40 hours of training outside of Europe and 45 hours inside. And so many fast-track license trainers manage to scrape this quota by packing more hours into the day.

However, these types of fast-track courses are a bad idea for many reasons. For a start, it takes a long time for any pilot to become confident with the complexities of aviation. Flying an aircraft isn’t like driving a car. It’s an order of magnitude harder to do. And so cramming all the training into just two weeks is too intense. There are too many different controls, flight checks and protocols to learn. People don’t learn well when all their training is pushed into just a few days. They need time for what they’ve learnt to sink in.

But accelerated training also means that it’s more likely that pilots will make mistakes. People learn things best by repetition, repetition, repetition. Under normal circumstances, a pilot would get their license after repeating moves hundreds of times over a course of months. But under an accelerated course, they will only get to try different manoeuvres perhaps on one or two days. Sure, that might be good enough to shoehorn them through the license exam. But there are serious doubts as to whether such an approach is actually safe.

At Aeros, we take safety and training very seriously. That’s why we do training for 45 hours at a minimum. The safety of the pilot, their passengers and the public should be the top priority of any flight training school.

There might be other forms of training out there. But they are never going to be as safe as training from a bonafide flight school, built on principles stretching back decades.

Josh Ward

Commercial Flight Training – Explained

As youngsters, many of us would have dreamt of becoming pilots when we became older! More people are pursuing their dreams of making a living flying commercial airliners. To some, the idea of being a pilot for a well-known airline might sound like a pipe dream. But, the reality is easier than you might think!

With the right skills and dedication to learning, anyone can fly a commercial airliner. It matters not what one’s background or previous vocation is. What does matter is how committed that person is to achieve their goals and dreams.

As you might expect, commercial flight training is both structured and challenging. Still, it’s not impossible. The many people that fly commercial airliners for the first time each year are a testament to that fact!

Commercial Flight TrainingThe route to flying a commercial airliner

Are you thinking of starting a career as a pilot working for a commercial airline? If so, you will need to know how to get started.

The classical route into commercial flying is to get a private pilot’s licence (PPL). To get licenced, one must get trained in a single-engine piston plane. The training for a private pilot’s licence will also include ground studies. This is necessary to pass ground school exams. A successful flight must also get completed before the licence gets issued.

There are some other requirements you must follow before learning to fly an airliner. They are as follows:

  • At least 175 hours of total flight time as a PPL holder;
  • At least 100 hours as a PIC (pilot-in-command);
  • You must pass 14 EASA ATPL(A) exams;
  • You must complete a 300nm cross-country flight. This should include two full-stop landings at other airfields;
  • You must have a valid Class One medical certificate;
  • You must also hold a Night Rating.

As you can imagine, flying a commercial airliner is a big responsibility. The above might seem like a lengthy list of requirements to get trained. But, they ensure that only serious and safe pilots learn to fly an airliner.

Before you start, it makes sense to take an Aeros COMPASS Pilot Aptitude Assessment. It’s an easy way to determine how likely you are to complete the CPL course.

Once you’ve got a Commercial Pilot’s Licence

The good news is that having a CPL means you’re a step closer to flying a commercial airliner. If you want to work for an airline, there will be some other courses you’ll need to pass too.

Examples include the multi-engine piston (MEP) rating and multi-engine instrument rating (IR). You’ll also need to pass a multi-crew cooperation (MCC) and jet orientation course (JOC).

How to get started

If you’ve never flown before, the obvious answer is to start training to get your PPL. Doing so means you have the foundations to build your commercial flight training.

Have you flown aircraft in the military? If so, the good news is you can convert your Military Pilot licences into EASA equivalents. And if you’ve trained overseas, you can do the same with ICAO licences.

Contact Aeros Flight Training today to get started!

Aeros and Bristol.GS Open Day 27th September 2014.


Aeros Bristol will be opening on Saturday 27th September 2014.

As part of our opening we will be hosting our next Commercial Pilot Open Day with Bristol.GS. Seminars commence at 1000 and will be delivered by Paul Freestone, Aeros Head of Training and Alex Whittingham, Bristol.GS Managing Director.


Please book now with Aeros Gloucester to reserve your place on 01452 857419.


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Aeros Bristol makes it 7 in 7 years!


The Bristol Flying School announces the construction of new premises at
Bristol Lulsgate airport. The new facilities will be home to The Bristol &
Wessex Aeroplane Club and Aeros Flight Training the commercial flight training
arm of the renowned Aeros Group.


Barry Bailey, Managing Director of Bristol Flying School added that since the
purchase of Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club in 2009 we have been working
hard with Bristol Airport to identify the right investment opportunity and we are
proud that we are now making this a reality in 2014. The club has an
unmatched history in the Bristol area dating back to 1927 and with the
construction of The Bristol Flying School the future remains set to meet the
original club aim; to promote civil GA flying in Bristol and the surrounding


Regarding the expansion of The Aeros Group Managing Director Nick Dunn,
expressed Aeros delight at coming back to Bristol and teaming up with Bristol
& Wessex on this exciting development. He went on to say that Aeros had
been seeking a facility at Bristol since they were forced to close their
operations at Bristol Filton in 2011 due to the airfield closure. Nick said This
is the second flight training centre that we will have opened this year, taking
the Group to seven training centres overall. This development fits well with
Aeros growth strategy of opening centres in all major UK conurbations. We
currently have training centres at Gloucester, Cardiff, and Stratford-upon-
Avon, Coventry and Nottingham and our new site at Cranfield which opened
in February. These are supported by engineering facilities at Gloucester and
Nottingham. Bristol Lulsgate is an ideal location for the development of GA for
the area construction will take place throughout 2nd June mid-September with a
planned official opening day on September 27th, although the facility may be
fully operational by early September. The Bristol Flying School comprising
Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club and Aeros Flight Training will offer flight
training for the whole range of aviation licences and ratings, regulated by the
UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in accordance with common European rules
and regulations overseen by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
This will offer budding recreational aviators or aspiring professional pilot
access to training in pursuance of the Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL),
Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Airline
Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) including ratings to operate Single Engine
Piston (SEP) and Multi Engine Piston (MEP) aircraft as well as Night
Qualifications, Instrument Ratings (IR), IR(R) and Flight Instructors Courses

Aeros Nottingham Open Day in Association with ProPilot Announced


Aeros Nottingham is pleased to announce we are holding an open day on Saturday 9th August 2014 in association with ProPilot for aspiring commercial pilots. Limited spaces are available with a optional assessment flightsand theoretical knowledge testing. Please book early with Dan or Liam on 01159 815050 to avoid disappointment.


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Aeros granted full CAA/EASA Approval across all sites

Aeros havebeen granted full CAA/EASA Approval atall six of its flight training sites to provideall forms of training from PPL to theMulti-Engine Instrument Rating. We alsohold British Accreditation CouncilApproval to train overseas students at anyof its facilities. The CAA-approved trainingschools are at Coventry, Gloucester, Cardiff,Nottingham, Stratford-upon-Avon andCranfield airports. Aeros also has twoEASA Part 145 and Part M sub partG&I-approved maintenance facilities atGloucesterand Nottingham.

Aeros Coventry Open Day in Association with ProPilot Announced

Aeros Coventry is pleased to announce we are holding an open day on Saturday 24th May 2014 in association with ProPilot for aspiring commercial pilots. Limited spaces are available with a optional assessment flights so please book early to avoid disappointment.



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