Balkan Tour 2024 – Part 1 – Karlovy Vary

After our successful Baltic tour last year, I booked our TB20 aircraft share for a similar two week holiday with my wife again this year. Various directions were possible – Europe has so much to offer – and I sketched out a rough route through the Balkans including Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montegro and Croatia. These were all new countries for CORB, and me as a pilot, although I

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Leeds East RNP Instrument Approach EGCM

After almost 10 years of Herculean effort, Leeds East and Sherburn-in-Elmet both had RNP approaches approved by the CAA in 2023. This was considered a significant new step because they are both first in the UK to gain approval despite having only Air/Ground radio service and no ATC approach control. Having flown many RNPs in many different countries, I was keen to try this out and see if there were

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Belfast Aldergrove

August has been a very busy month with constant demand for flight instruction. Nonetheless, I was determined to take at least one flight in my shared TB20. My IR qualified friend Adam was keen to join me on an airways flight somewhere, and we settled on Belfast Aldergrove, staying nearby overnight. It’s the one large airport in Northern Ireland that I hadn’t yet visited and enabled a reasonable but not

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Oban direct by Airways

 Munros are defined as Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet (914.4 m) in height, and named after Sir Hugo T. Munro who published a list in 1891. The Scottish Mountaineering Club officially lists 282, most of which are clustered around the north-central Scotland mainland. There are a dozen on the Isle of Skye and one on Mull. Some are fairly inaccessible, requiring a long walk in and out and a few require a

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Inverness, Colonsay, Coll and Tiree

A weekend trip to Scotland in our shared TB20 from Gloucester, meeting up at Inverness for a PPL/IR group fly-out. The intention was to fly up to Inverness on Friday afternoon, fly down the Great Glen to Tiree for lunch on Saturday, and visit the Orkneys on Sunday before returning home. I shared the flying with my co-owner John, who frequently flies to and from Alderney but has done fewer

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Ljubljana Slovenia

Saturday was to be a busy day for flying, first a local flight with our hosts followed by a hop across the mountains to the south east to land at the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. I had been keeping a close eye on the weather and wasn’t definitively able to say whether we’d fit in a local VFR flight or not. I had originally planned to fly in the morning

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Daytrip to Jersey

Unlike European trips on the day of this flight, the Channel Islands have no COVID related travel restrictions and you don’t even need to have a passport to go there. This was just as well, because one of my intended passengers has not been vaccinated and another had overlooked that his passport had only two months left to run. That’s probably not unusual given the limited amount of international travel

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IFR Approach Training Workout

I don’t often write about my instructional flights, but I thought this one covered a range of topical IFR approach training issues. An IRR student of mine had moved on to the final section of the syllabus – learning how to fly instrument approaches – and I felt he was good enough to be ready for a more challenging flight. Although the syllabus offers the option of many different types

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Daytrip to Lille at FL120

With a fully operational TB20 aircraft and European travel opening up once again, I arranged a daytrip to Lille with Nigel (one of our newer club members) at relatively short notice. It was satisfying to able to travel abroad again. Planning and Paperwork beforehand Paperwork/Planning (assuming all are fully vaccinated): PPR to land at Lille (email, promptly accepted the day before although officially 48 hours notice required) IFR flight plan

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French Touring 2021 Part 1 – Auxerre Le Branches

My TB20 co-owner Nic and I had discussed a few days touring abroad during September, intending to make the most of the capabilities of the aircraft but with no firm plans. Longer term dreams of Croatia, Italy or Romania would have been severely constrained by COVID travel restrictions as well as time constraints. Travel rules have been changing frequently, both in the UK and abroad, and there was a risk

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