IMC practice into Southampton

IMC refresher club mini-flyout Several club members at Bristol Aeroclub had expressed an interest in sharing a flight to brush up on their IR(R) skills. We’d fly G-BASJ, a PA28 based at Kemble, and on the day agreed a round robin trip to Cardiff, Southampton and Gloucester, making an approach at each. John flew the first leg and we were fortunate to get a vectored ILS on request into Cardiff

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IMC Diversion and VFR into St Athan

Solo IMC landaway to St Athan After having to replan the weekend due to bad weather in the Scillies, today’s trip in the TB20 from Gloucester was intended to add a few grass airfields to my list. The strong winds (20 knots on the ground) would make for short ground rolls where reasonably aligned with the runway. But low cloud again stymied that plan. Instead, I decided on a short trip to

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IMC to a beach trip at Lee-on-Solent

Rapid Change of Plan I had our TB20 share-o-plane at Gloucester booked for the weekend. Plan A was a weekend away in the Scilly Isles, postponed from April due to bad weather. Sadly, once again the weather was a combination of strong winds (25 knot crosswind) and low cloud (reported at zero feet), with some forecast rain thrown in for good measure. Plan B was a daytrip to the beach with

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Inverness and Wick

I planned a long Bank Holiday weekend in Northern Scotland, visiting two different sets of friends near Inverness and Wick. Both were separately happy with the idea of a local flight in return for board and lodging. My wife was interested in coming along too, so I booked our TB20 at Gloucester and kept a close eye on the weather forecast. Both Inverness and Wick require PPR. A call to Wick

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Recordbreaking Ride to Rotterdam at up to 218 knots

The large number of windmills should be a strong indicator that Holland is a country with plenty of wind. In the aftermath of storm Abigail, I flew to the Netherlands from Gloucester for a few days trip. As with many airways IFR GA flights, 90% of the flight was in glorious sunshine with a brief but intensive departure and arrival. The flight achieved two new records for me – the lowest airport elevation

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Daytrip to Jersey

From our holiday base in Guernsey, we made a day trip across to Jersey to visit some of my wife’s relatives. It’s only a short distance (23 miles) but technically a different jurisdiction – both are UK Crown Dependencies and each have their own Bailiwick. A full flight plan had to be filed but no GAR forms (there is a special mini-flight plan for inter-island flights between Guernsey and Alderney

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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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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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