About The Pilot

PIAviation is a blog and resource channel run by aviation enthusiast and private pilot Paul Ingram. Paul has been interested in aviation from an early age – where most boys especially say “I want to be a pilot!” Except, in this case, there was definitely some truth in it.

Paul’s desire to gain a pilot’s licence began in 2010 when he flew his first experience flight in a Robin HR200 – a single-engine, low fixed wing twin-seater aircraft at Sibson, Peterborough, UK. Having spent several years “messing around” in Microsoft Flight Simulator, the basic understanding of “how a plane flies” was already in place, and much of the flight was spent “hands-on” – including during take-off and landing!

Apparently a very common thing among pilots, but Paul is absolutely petrified of heights. Perfectly happy to fly thousands of feet above ground, Paul refuses to climb a ladder and freezes when walking across bridges. Weird!

PIAviation aims to be a place of information, experiences and tips on all things aviation.

Qualifications & Ratings

Paul is a private pilot based at Cambridge Airport in the UK.

  • PPL(A)
  • SEP Land rating
  • FRTOL (Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence)
  • Variable pitch/constant speed propeller endorsement
  • “Complex rating” including retractable

Current training:

  • Night rating

Planned training – postponed due to COVID-19:

  • IR(R) (restricted Instrument Rating) – partially complete

Airports/Airfields Landed At

  • EGSC – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (base)
  • EGSU – Duxford, Cambridgeshire
  • EGMA – Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire
  • EGBP – Kemble, Cotswolds
  • EGSF – Connington, Peterborough
  • EGBK – Sywell, Northampton
  • EGSP – Sibson, Peterborough
  • EGKA – Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Charlton Park Estate airstrip

Aircraft Flown

  • G-AVWT – PA28R-180 Arrow (current shareholder)
  • G-GGEM – PA28-161 Warrior III
  • G-GBHB – Socata TB-10 Tobago
  • G-GUAR – PA28-161 Warrior II
  • G-GFZG – PA28-140 Cherokee
  • G-GLOC – Extra 200
  • G-KEMI – PA28 Archer III
  • G-JACS – PA28 Archer III
  • G-DIXY – PA28 Archer III
  • G-MEGS – Cessna 172 G1000
  • G-HERC – Cessna 172SP
  • G-SHWK – Cessna 172SP
  • G-UFCB – Cessna 172SP
  • G-NSOF – Robin HR.200