Whiskey Alpha Pilot :: Learning to Fly - One mistake at a time

Wayne Allen

One mans quest to learn to fly. Or not.

Join me as I chat about the ups and downs of learning to fly from the perspective of an older student pilot. From my near misses to my big mistakes, from what not to do's to things you should do, I have probably cocked them all up.

This podcast could also be titled 'how not to gain a PPL'. So learn from my mistakes, but do not do what I tell you - I am not a flight instructor.

Never use the internet to learn to fly, it will only teach you how to crash!

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Episodes

Missing in Action :: Where's Wayne been???
27-04-2024
Missing in Action :: Where's Wayne been???
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever had those days when the universe seems to conspire against you, grounding your plans and testing your patience? Well, strap in and tune in, because that's been the theme of my life recently! I'm Wayne from Whiskey Alpha Pilot, and it's high time we caught up. I've been dodging business curveballs and wrestling with the British weather gods, which sadly means my trusty C172, and I have been spending more time apart than I'd like. Guess what happens when you post a video titled "How Not To Land"? You get a viral sensation and an avalanche of colorful commentary! I'll share the unexpected journey one of my YouTube flights took—from a few thousand views to causing quite the stir online. It's a wild mix of armchair critics, genuine concern, and a few good laughs. But here's the kicker: through it all, it's about staying true to the joy of flying and the community it creates. Flying is a case of ups and downs - lefts just not hit the ground on the downsI'm a UK based private pilot (PPL(A), who started to learn to fly in my 50s. I passed (just), but every flight is a learning experience. I currently own 1/5 of a Cessna 172 - but I am not sure which bit is mine.Follow me on Social Media Website https://whiskeyalphapilot.com/Twitter/X https://twitter.com/wayneallenpilotInstagram https://www.instagram.com/whiskeyalphapilot/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyAlphaPilotYouTube https://www.youtube.com/@WhiskeyAlphaPilot
The Price of Take-Off: Unveiling the Financial Journey of Private Pilot Training
01-04-2024
The Price of Take-Off: Unveiling the Financial Journey of Private Pilot Training
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how heavy your wallet needs to be to take to the skies? Buckle up, as I take you on a financial voyage into the world of pilot training. From the adrenaline-pumping trial flight that kickstarts your logbook to the nuanced selection of an aircraft that suits your stature and budget, like my trusty PA-28, I try to cover it all. I offer practical tips on how to navigate payments to flying schools while keeping your investment secure, and offer my take on the surprising costs that come with solo flights and ground school essentials. It's not just about the money; it's about making smart choices that keep your dream of flight a reality.Strap on your headset and let's talk about the less-discussed aspects of becoming a pilot—the ones that hit your bank account. I'll take a look at the membership fees and hidden costs, the benefits of ground school versus self-study, and why  a medical certificate should be at the top of your checklist. And don't worry, I haven't forgotten the joy that comes with this journey; we'll explore the importance of connecting with fellow aviators and seasoned pros who can offer a windfall of advice. So, join me as we share laughs, insights, and maybe a few gasps at the price of charts, while always circling back to the ultimate goal—flying safely and with sheer delight.I'm a UK based private pilot (PPL(A), who started to learn to fly in my 50s. I passed (just), but every flight is a learning experience. I currently own 1/5 of a Cessna 172 - but I am not sure which bit is mine.Follow me on Social Media Website https://whiskeyalphapilot.com/Twitter/X https://twitter.com/wayneallenpilotInstagram https://www.instagram.com/whiskeyalphapilot/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyAlphaPilotYouTube https://www.youtube.com/@WhiskeyAlphaPilot
Navigating Your Path to the Pilot's Seat: Insights into Starting Flight Training
10-03-2024
Navigating Your Path to the Pilot's Seat: Insights into Starting Flight Training
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever dreamt of touching the clouds and commanding the skies? Your journey to the captain's seat begins here, as I help to unfold the map to your flying aspirations. The runway to the skies is paved with crucial decisions—starting from your trial flight to selecting the right flight school. With a blend of personal experiences and not an expert advice, I navigate through the essentials of financial preparedness, and why a heart-to-heart with your potential flight instructor could make all the difference. If the sky's the limit has always been your mantra, let's turn that into a flight plan!Brace yourself for a captivating exploration of the vast skies as I try to dissect the intricacies of flight training options and the financial nuances of getting in the air. Discover how to strike the perfect balance between passion and practicality, ensuring your time in the cockpit is both exhilarating and economically sound. I'll share some of my tips to try to safeguard your investment in flight school and reveal how to find harmony with your instructor for an optimal learning experience. It's not just about the destination; it's about relishing the climb. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff into the world of aviation, where your dreams of flight are cleared for departure!I'm a UK based private pilot (PPL(A), who started to learn to fly in my 50s. I passed (just), but every flight is a learning experience. I currently own 1/5 of a Cessna 172 - but I am not sure which bit is mine.Follow me on Social Media Website https://whiskeyalphapilot.com/Twitter/X https://twitter.com/wayneallenpilotInstagram https://www.instagram.com/whiskeyalphapilot/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyAlphaPilotYouTube https://www.youtube.com/@WhiskeyAlphaPilot