South Wales Tour

After a period of prolonged bad weather and cancelled flying opportunities, both Andy and I were keen to find a way to get a good trip in. We both negotiated to be able to take a day off work at short notice and looked for a gap in the weather. Today looked the best day with good visibility and low winds, so the plan was put into effect. After a

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Under the radar to Manchester Barton Airport

Manchester City (Barton) Airport Approaching Manchester City (Barton) airport requires GA pilots to fly between Manchester International and Liverpool commercial airports via the low-level corridor. This is a tunnel of airspace just 1300 feet high and 4 nautical miles wide, funnelling traffic to keep it out of the way of the large passenger jets landing and taking off. It’s an obvious route for me to take if heading further north

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Local round trip after Christmas

A challenge just to get into Kemble airfield Few pilots were flying today, despite it having the better weather forecast for the week. Rain seems to have featured strongly for some time, with parts of the country flooded including some peoples homes. Today was a late decision based on a combination of weather forecast and family commitments. It wasn’t a certainty that I’d even make a flight. The road into

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Bath and the Bridges

A full load of passengers ready for check-in I’m still at the stage of taking friends up for a short flight. I have a (short) backlog of potential victims. Perhaps word may have got around that I’m reasonably competentĀ not a complete loony. Belinda had asked me to take her for a flight, and also her daughter and nephew, Ben. She couldn’t have picked a better day, with almost clear sunny

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Downing College Cambridge

Business Trip to Cambridge

Company Travel Policy In my previous company which had tens of thousands of employees, the company travel policy stated clearly that the CEO’s personal permission was required for any private flight. My current company (total employees = 1) also has the same policy, but it’s much easier to persuade the boss (myself) that I could fly to a business meeting instead of driving. My accountant assures me that this is

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Cambridge on a balmy summer afternoon

The Arrow is back! I’dĀ  planned a flight this afternoon, but learnt that the Arrow had completed its flight check the day before after repairs which had it out of action for almost two months. My 60 day currency before I needed a flight check with an instructor was only 3 days away, so on arrival at the airport when I realised that someone else had cancelled their booking I

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Evening landaway to White Waltham – through Atlas Control

War zone AWACS aircraft orbitted overhead, scanning the sky for unusual activity. Banks of radar controllers monitored the frequencies, checking that all known traffic remained on their assigned track. Helicopter gunships and tornado fighter aircraft stood ready to take to the air at a moments notice should any anomoly occur. Banks of surface-to-air missiles were deployed around the city to respond even more quickly. No, not Afghanistan, but London 2012

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Family Flyout to Alderney

Plans for a family flyout I’d been working up to a family flyout for some time. The Jubilee Bank Holiday at the start of June gave us a few days and probability of good weather to plan something more adventurous. The initial plan was to take the club Arrrow to France for a couple of nights, staying overnight in Dinard and Cherbourg, returning via Alderney on the last day. However

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IMC practice to Coventry

Rusty IMC skills My IMC skills were getting a bit rusty through lack of use, and I’d been discussing with a couple of other club pilots the possibility of an IMC practice session. The idea being mainly to focus on instrument approach procedures rather than anything else. With a day in lieu owed to me after a period of intensive business travel, the opportunity came up to share a session

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Going to Sleap

I think it’s pronounced “Slape” rather than “Sleep”, but the residents of this airfield seem to be happy with any of these variants. It’s the home of the Shropshire Aero Club and located just west of Shrewsbury on the Welsh/English border. It has been on my list of places to visit, and my last attempt to get there was unsuccessful due to low cloud. Keeping Current It had been a

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