Getting to know Dallas again

Some minor changes since last year I had a really great time flying in Dallas last year and found myself again in the same place on business, so took the opportunity to fly while I was there. Pleased with the outfit I used before, I returned to Slipstream Aviation at Dallas Executive – they have the same aircraft (three Grumman AA5A Cheetahs) – although there’s been a bit of turnover

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Cherbourg for lunch and wine

Rich, one of the other TB20 joint share-o-plane owners, offered to share his flight with me from Gloucester to Cherbourg for the day. He had originally planned to take along a couple of work colleagues, but they dropped out at short notice. We agreed that he’d fly there and I’d fly the return leg. The weather looked promising, with a broken cloud layer between about 2000 and 4000 feet. This

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Dinard and Guernsey day trip

A trip to France and the Channel Islands from Gloucester in the same day in the TB20. With a warm front casting its shadow over the UK, the forecast was for fog in the morning and relatively low cloud in England, but sunshine for the south coast and points south of that. I had arranged a flight with Bruce, one of the Lyneham club members, in the TB20 from Gloucester

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Daytrip to Waterford Ireland

Today’s daytrip from Gloucester to Waterford, Ireland in the TB20 involved a number of unusual firsts today, in no particular order: Between a huge weather front passing through on Friday and another one coming on Sunday, there was a good weather window on Saturday as long as we didn’t head for France. I’d been considering a flight to Ireland for some time, and stimulated by a feature in Flyer magazine,

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Ferry flight from Alderney

A short ferry trip outside the European Union The concept of ferry pilots brings thoughts of fearless individuals who fly small aircraft across the Atlantic, surrounded by huge extra fuel tanks and the risk of bad weather, sharks and a cold sea. In my case however, it was just a one hour flight back from Alderney after one of the other share-o-plane owners had flown it out there. Alderney is

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 5 – Braunschweig (EDVE) to Le Touquet (LFAT)

Planning the return Our hosts were expecting us to depart on Sunday, although could be flexible if the weather was difficult. Wanting to make this a gentle and enjoyable tour, we decided we’d like to split the journey back, stopping overnight somewhere on the European coast. This would reduce the flight time per day, and potentially allow some more beach time. My initial thought was Le Touquet, which I’d visited

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 4 – Braunschweig (EDVE) to Magdeburg City (EDBM) and back

A few days holiday and a short landaway We spent several days with our friends, visiting Wernigerode Castle in the Harz mountains, taking the train to Hannover and looking around Braunschweig while the thundery weather passed through. I watched the weather forecast closely to plan ahead for our departure. Highlights included an organ recital, which ended along the lines of the Last night of the Proms – it was surreal

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 3 – Wilhelmshaven (EDWI) to Braunswchweig (EDVE)

First – a short local from Wilhelmshaven JadesWeser   On Tuesday, the weather was as forecast beginning to turn for the worse, with a wind of 10-15 knots from the south west. I took our hosts for a short flight around the city and harbour area of Wilhelmshaven, but not as far north as the Friesland islands because of some low dark clouds there. I’d checked with the airport controller

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