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Europe vs North America; Some Pilot Habits are Hard to Break

In this episode of Flight Chops, (a #Travel Adventure filmed in “the before times” of 2019), we’re flying from the Swedish mainland to an island off the coast to stay at a WWII military base.

Thanks to our friends at Hässlö Flygförening, just outside of Stockholm for making this possible. Hässlö Flygförening is located at Stockholm Västerås Airport (ICAO code ESOW) about an hour drive from Stockholm. With more than 600 members they are the largest flying club in northern Europe. Being so close to Stockholm, while still keeping out of the more congested airspace around the big international airport, HFF is a great place to start your #GeneralAviation flying adventure in #Sweden.

They have access to many different airplanes to rent, together with a group of highly competent instructors ranging from airline captains to aerobatic instructors.

For pilots visiting Sweden, they can assist with anything from information, checkout flights on new types to the paperwork needed to act as PIC on a Swedish registered plane without an EASA license.

Learn more at their site: https://hasslo.org/in-english/


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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