Two aircraft landaway to Compton Abbas

Wet weather all week The weather has really been playing up the last few weeks. Bank holiday Monday had been my plan for a good day out with the family, but heavy downpours were forecast. Other commitments meant I was late in booking an aircraft for the previous day (Sunday) afternoon instead. With two aircraft out for maintenance, I took the only 2 hour slot available in the afternoon. A

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France for Lunch: Club Flyout to Le Touquet

A large group 16 people in 5 Aircraft from 3 Airports. This was the second club flyout I’ve organised, and the taste of foreign travel brought out the crowds. With two club aircraft out for annual maintenance, we block booked the other 3 tourers (2 Warriors and the Arrow) based at Kemble. Other members were able to borrow a Cessna 172 from Bristol, and hire a Gumman Cougar twin engine

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Solo Arrow landaway to Perranporth

A longer trip With the weather being much better today than yesterday, I hoped to make the most of it. I was fortunate to be allowed another afternoon away from the family, and with summer time having come into force the previous week, sunset was now almost 8pm. With the 130knot cruising speed of the Arrow, this meant that an afternoon’s flight puts many more destinations within reach. The plan

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Diversion to Gloucester in the Arrow

Should I or Shouldn’t I The forecast wasn’t looking great today, but I had the full day available for a flight and wanted to make the most of it. In retrospect, it would have been better to have rescheduled for a different day but it did give me more exposure to what it’s like when the cloudbase drops and you have to make a diversion. If this happens with passengers

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Local landaway at Enstone and Membury

Weather limiting range It was one of those days where the weather was due to be adequate, but troughs were coming through that would bring heavy localised rain showers. I had been looking ahead at the weather forecast and almost written off any flights today, but the latest forecast looked more promising. I had discussed sharing a flight with Andy, but he was taken ill and unable to fly. All

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Sherburn-in-Elmet

A Change of Plan The first club flyout of the year was planned to visit Perranporth in Cornwall, a very scenic airfield right on the edge of the cliffs just west of Newquay. With 3 pilots and up to 9 people, this would be quite a reasonable group and a good start to the annual program. Our plans went awry when looking at the forecast. Although there was no wind

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Gamston and back

Flying during the working week I had a day off in lieu due to me because of working the previous weekend, so with an eye on the weather forecast arranged to take it at short notice. With all three of the club PA28 aircraft either being booked or away for servicing, the only choice left to me was the smaller Robin HR200. I’d completed the differences training on it back

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Pansghanger, North London

A trip to North London Andy and I had discussed flying again together this weekend, but this time he’d take his family in the Arrow while I would fly to the same destination in the Warrior – a sort of “mini-club-flyout” if you like. I was actually quite keen to fly both legs if possible, to continue to increase my hours towards the 100 PIC that I need to be

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ILS practice at Coventry

A bank holiday and reasonable winter weather conditions meant there was an early opportunity to fly in the New Year. With many airfields closed, including Kemble, the choice of destinations was more limited than usual. I’d been in touch with Andy and we had arranged to fly up to Coventry and practice our IMC skills. With a revalidation test due for him later in the year, Andy wanted to refresh

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Henstridge and Swansea round trip

Last minute arrangements The forecast for Saturday was very promising, CAVOK and little wind, with a suggestion of light rain to come through sometime during the day. For this late time of year, a surprisingly good conditions which I wanted to make the most of. Not expecting the weather to be so good, I’d not planned ahead, so it was Friday afternoon before the emails and messages were passed around

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