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24/12/2021

Dear Aviators, we would like to wish you happy holidays. 🎄
Balázs & Dávid

VFR English | Learn Professional VFR Communications 17/12/2021

Don't miss out on this amazing christmas sale. If you buy one of our winter or spring courses you will get the ICAO preparation and mock Exam for no extra cost. This is the gift what you are looking for your pilot friends or family. We offer amazing simulator based aviation english courses. Visit our website at www.vfrenglish.com for dates and more information.

VFR English | Learn Professional VFR Communications Learn professional VFR communications with us Our mission is to help pilots overcome the nerves when talking on the radio, enhancing safety and the joy of flying. Radiotelephony seems to be hard at the beginning, but it can be mastered by everyone when practicing the most frequent situations. Benefi...

27/08/2021

Yesterday we had a beautiful flight just before Sunset. 🌄 Such a beautiful scenery over the River Danube.

Photos from VFR English's post 21/08/2021

⚡️🛫 Wondering why there is no oil pressure indicator on the dashboard? Well, this is the revolutionary Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first EASA-certified electric training aircraft in the LSA category. Superb climb and glide performance, stable and smooth character, very low noise inside and outside the cockpit.

Balazs visited at 🇨🇭Schänis airfield for a test flight. Thank you for the opportunity!

What do you think, will electric flight be the future of pilot training? 🧑‍✈️

29/07/2021

🛩 We met at the local airport to do a training flight into the CTR. As summer traffic got surprisingly dense, it was a very exciting flight! 😎 Wishing you safe landings: Balu and Dave

Photos from VFR English's post 14/07/2021

🇵🇹🇪🇸🇫🇷🇮🇹🇸🇮🇭🇺🎯 LPCS - LHFH - What an incredible adventure we had, while flying this small Socata Rally from Cascais, Portugal to Budapest, Hungary. We flew almost entirely in controlled airspace, circumnavigating military unmanned aircraft airspaces in Spain, taxiing next to jet traffic at larger airports and listening to busy frequencies all the time. This will remain one of the most challenging (but extremely rewarding) experiences of my life. Wishing you safe landings 👨‍✈️🛩

07/06/2021

Let us tell you a story how a Boeing 737 captain and flight instructor used paper airplanes to teach aviation radiotelephony. There are a couple of ways to practice but we think it is essential for the lesson to be interactive and situation-oriented. 👨‍✈️

This Boeing captain and instructor took his students into the briefing room and placed a regional aviation map on the table. He asked them to fold paper airplanes. You can imagine the reaction of the student pilots: Some of them thought that this must be a joke. But it wasn’t.

As soon as they put the paper airplanes on the map and started moving them around, everyone in the room gained appetite for the game. Everyone had a certain aircraft type, realistic intentions and real - and sometimes challenging - situations that they had to solve. They needed to communicate just as they would have been flying the real aircraft. This little game became very popular in the flight school and raised the confidence of the students significantly.

We at VFR English got very much inspired by this practice. We take a step further: Our students fly traffic scenarios in the simulator at beautiful places around the world and have a lot of fun doing so.🛩😎

11/05/2021

🐝 NIGHTMARE IN THE COCKPIT 💣
I took off today morning with a PPL student for a local training flight. The weather was beautiful and mild with good visibility, perfect springtime conditions.

Suddenly, when reaching cruising altitude, a giant hornet queen, approximately 5cm long, just flew off the Cessna 152's left wing vent and sat on the dashboard. It is not that we fear these animals on the ground, but we have been locked up with her in a small aircraft and did not know what to expect from her.

Furthermore, I knew that there was heavy glider traffic at the local airport. This meant that an approach and landing required special attention and concentration. Having the hornet around would have caused a lot of stress and a potential safety hazard during landing.

So, I decided to capture the hornet before she moves around or disappears somewhere in the cockpit. I assured that the student flew the aircraft safely and looked around after something suitable for catching the giant insect.

Finally, I found a suitable glasses case and started a tig with her over the dashboard panel. I knew I had only one move and luckily, snapped the case having the hornet inside. Such a relief!

So, what did we learn from all of this? First of all, vents should be equipped with an insect net, or at least should they be checked prior to flight. Even if the chance that the giant hornet caused us some trouble on today's flight was low, bad timing could have turned it to a dangerous situation.

Piloting an aircraft is only one part of aviation. We must work out strategies for different situations - sometimes completely changing the original plans - and prepare for the worst case scenario. This was a good example how a nice and easy flight could turn into a stressful situation very quickly.

Have you ever experienced something similar to this?

VFR English | Learn Professional VFR Communications 19/04/2021

Guys, we are so happy to announce our new website to you. It was launched a few hours ago, and we could not be happier today. It looks cool and works great. 😎 First and foremost, it helps our students access the VFR English-tailored Geo-FS simulator and manage all training flights in our virtual world.

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VFR English | Learn Professional VFR Communications Learn professional VFR communications with us Our mission is to help pilots overcome the nerves when talking on the radio, enhancing safety and the joy of flying. Radiotelephony seems to be hard at the beginning, but it can be mastered by everyone when practicing the most frequent situations. Benefi...

19/04/2021

Such a beautiful and rainy day 🌧 here at Budapest. No need for an other reason to practice at home 🎮, and prepare for your next session with VFR English🛫. WE are ready and looking forward to our next session today afternoon. See you soon.

11/04/2021

When communication becomes challenging within a CTR... 💪🌃

One year ago today we went on a little adventure and visited two airports in Slovakia. We didn’t have much experience flying abroad, but with preparation for all the little aspects, I can say that we had a really good flight and had so much fun. Balazs and I swapped seats between legs and helped each other during flights (CRM).

First we flew to Lucenec - which is a small airfield with a nice and helpful radio station - and after a few "touch and go"s we departed for Dobra Niva. This is a special airport, since you have to request permission from Sliac tower as the airstrip can be found in Sliac CTR. Dobra Niva is located in a valley, which makes communication tricky since below a certain altitude you lose contact due to line of sight propagation of VHF radio transmissions, so we had to plan our communication ahead. After a coffee and nice chat with the locals we departed back to Hungary.

On our way back home we realised that the headwind component has changed from the forecasts and our final leg back to Hungary would increase by 30-35 minutes. This time was enough to slip into the civil twilight period. At this point we had to decide whether or not to proceed to an alternate destination. Balazs had a current NVFR rating and we eventually managed to land at our original destination. During the flight we experienced a few difficult scenarios and had to manage new communicational situations. With our pre flight preparation we were able to make good decisions and it also made our flight much more organised.

Have you ever had a similar experience?

Photos from VFR English's post 05/04/2021

Flight safety🛫 can be improved by practicing specific situations under safe circumstances. Having the ability to make a touchdown exactly at the point and in a direction you want is key for a safe landing.

Balazs, PPL Flight Instructor and VFR English instructor, did this with a colleague from the local flight school. They put a touchdown mark on the left side of the runway and the task was to land exactly abeam the mark. This exercise increases the pilot's confidence to land on short and narrow runways thus improving safety.

Needless to say, this practice is very useful in Geo-FS, too. In the posted picture, after an approach and flare, a touchdown was made exactly in the touchdown zone of the paved runway. A couple of hints on how to do this:
- Fly a stable approach (steady speed and on glide slope in landing configuration)
- Spot an aiming point closer than the touchdown point (glide slope points here)
- Start the flare at about 20 feet above the threshold elevation, apply back pressure on the yoke/stick gradually as airspeed decreases
- If you worked it out well, the touchdown will happen exactly at the preferred touchdown point. If not, do not force the airplane to land - try it another time with small adjustments

01/04/2021

🏬🌉Low traffic at normally busy airports creates an opportunity to fly in airspaces we avoid otherwise. We just got this photo from a former VFR English participant who made a practice flight in the CTR.
But flying over a crowded city also comes with risks. Good communication between pilot and ATC is essential to minimize the risk and ensure that the pilot has enough mental capacity to handle the aircraft and enjoy the view. What an experience!

26/03/2021

☀️A former course participant and Balazs - one of the VFR English crew, PPL instructor - perform an approach and a low pass at LHBP✈️ (Budapest International), a (normally) very busy airport. We made this approach virtually in Geo-FS some weeks ago and now confidently flew through controlled airspace and made a 120-kt low pass over runway 31R. Loved this mission! 🚀

23/03/2021

👩‍✈️📜 Did you know that John Doe took the VFR English course? Joking aside: 5 participants completed the sessions last week and received their certificates. But most importantly: their communication skills improved significantly.

Join the course, overcome the nerves when talking on the radio and become a confident and professional communicator in the air! 💪

14/03/2021

🛩Your instructors at VFR English🚀

Balazs Bojko (L) started his career as a mechanical engineer. Now he is a PPL pilot and CFI (instructor) with an Instrument Rating who is keen on teaching flying and communication. Balazs believes that smooth flying in busy airspaces can only be maintained and enjoyed if pilots possess good communication skills. He flies different aircraft classes - both gliders and motor aircraft - and hopes to fly multi-engine turboprop or jet aircraft after the pandemic is over.

David Becsei (R) was just as nervous when he had to communicate in English on the radio while flying as anyone else. He had been living in London for almost a decade before acquiring a job in Hungary at HungaroControl as a pseudo pilot. He is also a CPL holder on his way to become IR rated during this summer, and flies many different kinds of aircraft - glides with TMGs and flies sightseeing trips around Budapest.

10/03/2021

Today, after finishing the cross-country flight with many challenges, we made a formation flight above the airfield. Because pilots just wanna have fun 😎🧑‍🎤

Photos from VFR English's post 08/03/2021

✈️The first simulator session of the actual course just took off - apparently, everyone is enjoying it at LHTL. We are doing circuit patterns and a short cross-country flight. Join us! 👨‍✈️

02/03/2021

A great start into the actual course. 5 aircraft practicing circuit patterns in multiplayer mode. 🧑‍✈️🛩

25/02/2021

Taking off from beautiful Losinj, Croatia. In the VFR English aviation communication course, we will take you to beautiful places to acquire one of the most important skiils in aviation!

21/02/2021

HA-DOM turning final runway 32 🛬😎

15/02/2021

So realistic 👌 Our students regularly report an excitement comparable to real flying while doing the VFR English course. Why?
We use Geo-FS for simulating flight scenarios. Flying and navigating in the simulator makes it great fun to practice radiotelephony! 🛩
The result? Skilled and confident communicators in the air.

04/02/2021

VFR English will make you a proficient communicator in the air:
🛩 You will be flying virtually with real flight instructors who go through these situations with students every day
🛫 You will aviate, navigate, and... communicate. You will be pushed to the limit but have a lot of fun
🚁 You will prepare for the flights like you would do for a real one - preparation is key for a safe and fun flight
🌎 You will be able to use Geo-FS for 1 year even after completing the course (this has many advantages, we will write about it in another post)
💪 You will have a lot of confidence flying in airspaces where you need English

27/01/2021

From time to time, it makes much sense to practice procedures and proper communication in a simulator. We can push ourselves to the limit and have fun without any serious risk.

15/01/2021

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