Mini series – Pre-flight preparation

In this mini series, I demonstrate some of the steps I follow, when preparing for a light general aviation flight in the UK.  

There are 5 videos in all, and they cover the processes of planning the route, checking notams, interpreting weather reports, and the series ends with me conducting the flight.

Part 1: Choosing the route


Part 2: Creating the plog

Part 3: Choosing frequencies, weight & balance, performance, & fuel calculations



Part 4: Notams, airspace restrictions, airfield information & weather

Part 5: The flight from Biggin Hill to Sherburn in Elmet


Here are some links referred to in the videos.

Notams, airspace restrictions, aerodrome information, the AIP.

Aeronautical Information service:


BBC weather:

XC weather:

Metcheck aviation forecasts:

Aviation Weather Europe:

Weather Online cloud bases:

NOAA Air Resources Lab, Skew T soundings:

Met Office GA forecast:



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