A week’s VFR flying holiday in North East USA – Part 3 of 5 – New York Skyline, Bar Harbor

Tuesday May 12 – Washout We’d planned to fly the New York Skyline route the following day, and had been watching the weather forecast which varied with every update. We made a late start and had a very enjoyable breakfast at Gilchrist’s on the old harbour front before checking out and heading off to the airport. We prepared to go, planning and preflighting, calling the phone briefer and packing everything

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A week’s VFR flying holiday in North East USA – Part 2 of 5 – Sky Acres, Sky Manor, Atlantic City

Monday 11 May 2015 – Sky Acres, Sky Manor and Atlantic City I don’t think any of us had great expectations for the day, but in the morning the weather forecast changed and wasn’t nearly as pessimistic. With some clever analysis, it was thought feasible to head west and skirt around the west side of New York down to Atlantic City or Ocean City. This we did in three stages,

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A week’s VFR flying holiday in North East USA – Part 1of 5 – Mansfield, Nashua, Keene, Bradley

Something Different A few friends in the Bristol Aero Club regularly take a week’s holiday together and go somewhere different to fly and explore. They’ve made some European tours, but in recent years have spent the time in the USA. I joined them for a week’s intensive VFR, with five of us sharing two Cessna 172’s from King Aviation in Mansfield (1B9), about 20 miles south west of Boston. We

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An eventful overnight trip to Schwabish Hall

My co-owner Rich and I packed a lot into two days flying, staying overnight in southern Germany having flown IFR in our TB20 from Gloucester UK with an intermediate stop each way: Vectored into mid-channel when IFR route filed was direct over London Handled through a couple of large regional airports Light icing RNAV LPV approach into an AFIS towered airport IFR departure from an AFIS towered airport iPad shutdown

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Daytrip airways flight to Deauville with very strong crosswinds

My co-owner Rich and I agreed to share a daytrip in our TB20 from Gloucester, and were hoping to make this an airways flight to somewhere in Northern France. We settled on Deauville and planned accordingly. Rich brought a work colleague along and flew outbound, leaving me the return flight. The forecast wasn’t good and would certainly have ruled out much VFR flying. The low cloudbase of 1200 to 2000

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Extreme crosswind practice in Dallas

Dallas Executive Airport – Great place to fly from Another business trip found me in Dallas in December again, and I found time to visit Slipstream Aviation at Dallas Executive Airport for the third time. The airport facilities continue to amaze me, full IFR towered 7am-9pm with four runways, ILS/RNAV approaches, diner, FBO and plenty of hangarage – yet usage is at such low levels that you practically have the

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Flying around Las Vegas

A focus on flying rather than gambling Las Vegas conjures up images of glitz, glamour and excess. The desert city sits on a plain near the Colorado river, held back by the massive Hoover Dam into a huge artificial reservoir (Lake Mead) that provides both water and hydro-electric power. Temperatures often exceed 100 Fahrenheit (40C). Air conditioning is a necessity. A business trip there provided the opportunity for a day or so

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Summer Holiday to France 2014 – Leg 4 of 4 -Quiberon to Gloucester with bad weather

Thunderstorms and Embedded CBs forecast Our two week break was up and we were scheduled to return home today. We’d enjoyed some great weather, sunshine pretty much every day and very little rain. Overnight however, there was an intense thunderstorm with very loud thunder. Worse thunderstorms and torrential rain were to be found at home, with a SIGMET warning of embedded CBs and hail. Not an ideal day to be

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