Ready For Departure!

Written by Mark Smith on Monday 24 September 2018 2 minute read


Left Downwind is a brand new flight blog, detailing my adventures around the UK & Ireland (mostly Northern Ireland) in my Jabiru UL-450.

I plan on sharing tips to achieving your NPPL(M) so you can join me, as well as flight blogs, maintenance tips and any mistakes I make along the way.

Arriving at Carrickmore Fly In 2018 with my daughter. he was a great passenger!

One thing I have noticed is, as the Jabiru UL-450 hasn’t been in production for a few years, there isn’t a lot of new content being made about them. I plan to change that. I want to show how I carry out routine maintenance and bring attention to any problems as they come up and talk about how they were resolved. Hopefully someone will stumble upon a post on Google that helps them out!


I love nothing more than being in the air! I’ll share anything I pick up along the way, though I would like to point out something very important:

I am not a flight instructor! Any advice is purely opinion - always take your flight instructors advice over mine!

Yes, I am just an ordinary person with an NPPL(M), so any advice is just that. Always check with your instructor before you take any of it on board!

I hope to start taking more videos of my flights and share them, however I will need more cameras so it may take a while. In the meantime check out these excellent YouTube channels:

Rory On Air

The Flying Reporter

Plane Old Ben

Ulster Flying Club

This is where I am based. It’s an excellent location with 6 tarmac runways and two grass. Located at the top of Stangford Lough on the Ards Penninsula the scenery is amazing. Half an hour takes you to the Mourne Mountains, and an hour north to Scotland.

Seriously, look at those views!

It’s mostly class G airspace with very accommodating ATC in the bits of Class D we have over the main airports.

I will be adding many, many photos of the area and airfield, hopefully drawing in the masses from far and wide to join me for a look around, and for a cup of tea and tray bake in the great cafe facilities that we have on site.


I am Mark Smith, an NPPL(M) holder from July 2017, a total avgeek, software developer and dad from Northern Ireland!

Welcome to my journey.

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