James McBrearty, pilot

There are many similarities between flying an aeroplane and running a small business. In my two books I cover the connection between aviation and business.


354 hours TT 252 P1

Instrument Rating(Restricted)

Night Rating


First Solo March 1997 – G BFBR Fairoaks

Qualifying Cross Country QXC July 2000 – Redhill, Goodwood, Manston

Skills Test August 2000 – G BOSO Redhill

ATOP September 2001

Cross Channel Checkride Southampton – Cherbourg July 2002

International flight to Tangier in Morocco from Malaga – January 2003

Night rating & IMC – February 2004

Aircraft I’ve flown:

PA28 277 hours on type (140, 161&Tdi, 180, 181&R, 200R)

C152 45 hours on type

C172 20 hours on type (including RG)


Tiger Moth


Cap 10B




Cirrus SR20 G2




A320-200 – FFS Full Motion Simulator

B747-400 – FFS Full Motion Simulator

B737-200 – FFS Full Motion Simulator

DC9-15/32 – FFS Full Motion Simulator


Airfields I’ve flown from:

Redhill Aerodrome

Fairoaks Airport

Popham Airfield

Wycombe Air Park

White Waltham Airfield

London Biggin Hill Airport

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Southampton Airport

Maupertus Airport Cherbourg

London Ashford Airport Lydd

Lessay Airport

Málaga Airport

Almería Airport

Goodwood Aerodrome

Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport

Manston Airport

Rochester Airport

Isle of Wight/Sandown Airport

Le Touquet Airport

Brighton City Airport Shoreham

Aeropuerto de la Axarquía

Bembridge Airport

North Las Vegas Airport

Gillespie Field

Blackbushe Airport


My fini flight (final flight) before retirement

I was lucky that my final flight was actually test flying a new aircraft for a flying magazine.

The Tecnam P2006T is a twin engine aircraft with four seats. They cruise around 160mph and the cost in 2010 was in the region of £300,000.