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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Exeter LPV approach in strong weather

A good start to the year Rich and I agreed to share a flight in our TB20 from Gloucester, ideally with some instrument approaches for practice. We invited Steve along, another PPL/IR member currently working towards his IR(R) at Gloucester. We’d picked a day with poor weather. I’d originally planned to visit Humberside and make a couple of approaches there, but the temperature enroute was too low and gave a

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Rust removing IFR flight to Coventry and back

The good news was that our TB20 was back up in the air after having had its engine fully overhauled and zero-timed. Those bits of shredded camshaft that were circulating inside the engine in the summer hadn’t done it any good, but everything had been re-engineering, overhauled or replaced to make it almost as good as new. It is now officially a zero-timed engine and should be good for at

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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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Summer holiday to France 2014 – Leg 3 of 4 – Almost day-trip to Ouessant

I confess to getting a bit restless on holiday – I’m not one for sitting on the beach, so we agreed that I would make a flight while the girls sunned themselves at the seaside. The forecast looked great – a high over eastern France – and I thought would be good for any direction. After discounting Belle Isle (only 9 minutes away, and the airport far from anything else),

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Cambridge through the murk

I had a good excuse to fly this week – a business trip to Cambridge. The choice between over 7 hours by car or 42 minutes each way by plane isn’t a difficult one to make, even after adding an hour to get to Gloucester airport. The TB20 was free as it often is during the week, so I booked it up early. Planning A warm front had been causing

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Cranfield and back for some IFR practice

A short flight during  break in the weather A break in the January bad weather provided an opportunity to share a short flight from Gloucester to Cranfield and back with John, one of the other co-owners of our TB20. It’s only about 30 minutes flight time each way. We took advantage of their £5 landing fee offer and hoped to practice some holds and make a practice instrument approach. On

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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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IFR to Cardiff and back

A mentoring flight Wanting to improve my IFR skills, I scheduled a mentoring flight with John, one of the other TB20 owners. He had mentored me once before, flying from Kemble in the PA28, and we flew together recently to Exeter and Newquay with Rich, who has another share. Today’s flights would be short ones in the TB20 from Gloucester to Cardiff and back. The weather forecast wasn’t great –

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Round trip IFR day out to Exeter and Newquay

Last minute change of plan The original plan for the weekend was to join a Lyneham Club expedition from Kemble, flying a group of Warriors and visiting both the Scilly Isles and Guernsey, overnighting in Guernsey on Saturday night. I’d got as far as submitting an Online GAR form (not used that system until now) on Friday afternoon, before the trip was cancelled due to bad weather – forecast strong

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