Monthly Archives: January 2017

First Aid trained!

Yesterday two of the Blackadder Team headed to the airport fire station to complete first aid training.

The day was full of learning and fun, provided by the AFS team our two Blackadders, Kelly and Rich are now full trained and ready to react to any emergency!

During there lunch break the pair got a tour of the facilities, including the huge fire trucks! Kelly even managed to get on the roof, to inspect the ‘Spraying Nozzle’ an important bit of kit for any Airport Fire Truck.

Name that VRP!

Who can tell us the name of this VRP for Bournemouth?

Students will be found flying overhead this South East entry point often throughout their flight training with us.

Its also a great place to visit on the weekends, for that important relaxing time!

But where is it and whats it called?

Interested in flying over this important VRP? Join one of our flight training courses, for details email us at

First Officer Alex To Visits

If you followed our Instagram Video Story ( today you’ll have seen how close our Student Hotel is to the fantastic Bournemouth Beaches, perfect for a little relaxation during flight training.

We headed out for Breakfast this morning with former student and current Loganair First Officer on the SAAB 340 Alex To. He took us into town for some ‘proper’ British food, a good fry up, something he enjoys north of the wall often.

As we headed back to the Hotel along the beach we took a few snaps and shot a little video, trying to show how well located the hotel is! 

As we arrived back at the Hotel it was time to say goodbye to Alex, he headed back to his base in Inverness, Scotland. It was a pleasure hosting him at the Hotel for the last two evenings, with current students gaining a chance to speak to someone who fly’s for a slightly more unique airline.

Want to know more about Alex and his Scottish adventure? Just ask!

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Nat and Pete go flying

Heres Nat and CFI Blackadder 08 performing there engine and preflight checks at Holding Point November.

This was Nat’s first IFR training sortie on our BE76 Duchess, up until now he’s been in the sim learning all the important skills needed to fly on instruments.

Nat will perform a minimum of 15 hours on the aircraft before heading for test.

Interested in joining Nat? Email us at for more information on our courses and how to join!

It was after all the Boeing 747-8

As we promised yesterday, heres the answer to the question, what were they looking at?

It was of course Bournemouth Airports largest resident, VQ-BSK a 747-8 operated by World Wide Aviation on behalf of the ruling family of Qatar.

Its possibly one of the quietest aircraft that operates to and from Bournemouth, even at full take off thrust you can still have a conversation on our apron with out raising your voice, something we think is pretty impressive!

What are you looking at Will?

Another ‘throwback’ this morning is to the summer with superstar student Will, Legendary Instructor Blackadder 01 and our superb Duchess Mike Whisky!

The pair had just returned from an Instrument training sortie, hot tailing it in before a rather large aircraft arrived at Bournemouth, Will can be seen taking in the huge beast of an aircraft… But can you tell us the type?

A clue is, its based at Bournemouth, its the longest version of the type and its owned by a VVIP.

Let us know what you think and we will post a picture later on today showing you all what Will was longingly looking at!

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Hey AN2!

We headed up to our Maintenance partners hangar this afternoon to collect a few of our Aircraft fresh out after mandatory safety checks, all passing with flying colours!

We parked up next to this AN2 registered HA-ANG. Its now a resident at Bournemouth located at Airtimes Hangar. HA-ANG was contracted in 1972 and first arrived in the U.K in 1998.

HA-ANG even took part in the 2016 Bournemouth Air Festival!

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Blackadder 09 fly's the DHC 6 Twin Otter

Today former Instructor Legendary Blackadder 09, Rich Castle started his Base training on the DHC 6 Twin Otter with his new airline Isle of Silly Skybus. 

He will soon move over to Line training, flying across the Skybus network providing a life line to the population of the Silly Isles and flying the magnificent Twin Otter! We aren’t envious at all…

Well done to Rich, he’s worked hard and its payed off, after leaving us last year to pursue flying Chieftains full of DHL cargo he’s now back flying People, although we are sure he will relish the chance to do the post run!

If you ever need to divert for weather, theres always space on our Apron for a Twotter!

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Cadet Profile: Bradley

At Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training we train all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds to become the next germination of Commercial Airline Pilots.

We thought we would highlight this through Cadet Profiles. Our aim will be to introduce you to a new Cadet each Tuesday, showing you the path they took to BCFT.

Our First Cadet is Bradley, he started training with us in December on the Modular ATPL Ground School.

We asked him a few questions, and here are his answers.

Bradley is 17 and is planning on being one of the youngest holders of a (F)ATPL and if all goes to plan and we are sure it will, most likely one of the youngest holders of a ATPL once he turns 21 with all the relevant experience!

He completed GCSE’s and a BTEC in Aviation Studies through the Air Cadets and Leeds Aviation Academy. He completed his PPL on a mix of aircraft, flying both the Cessna 152 and 172 along with the standard PA28.

Like many of BCFT and Airline Pilot Academy‘s students Bradley wants to become an Airline Pilot and in an ideal world would love to work for TUI, currently flying under the brand of Thompson Airways.

Probably an important point for many of you reading this, why did Bradley choose BCFT? He decided to come to BCFT because he found us to be extremely friendly and helpful, something we are always pleased to hear. He also added that the courses we offer motivated him and was exactly what he was looking for.

Those of you who are still reading, Bradley has seen the Disney film Planes and yes he did enjoy it!

If reading this has made you interested in joining us, email us at for more information.

Striking Sierra Foxtrot

Heres our Piper PA28 Cadet Sierra Foxtrot on Saturday morning enjoying the morning sun!

We have the ability to keep some of our aircraft in our warm hangar over night to ensure early flights do take off on time!

Others do have to be de-iced, but this is an insight into cold weather ops for our students, preparing them for operations across the globe!

Its now only 7 days until our next Airline Pilot Academy Integrated course starts, and 14 until our next ATPL Modular ground school course. Join us! Email us at for more information.