Getting to know Dallas again

Some minor changes since last year I had a really great time flying in Dallas last year and found myself again in the same place on business, so took the opportunity to fly while I was there. Pleased with the outfit I used before, I returned to Slipstream Aviation at Dallas Executive – they have the same aircraft (three Grumman AA5A Cheetahs) – although there’s been a bit of turnover

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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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Dinard and Guernsey day trip

A trip to France and the Channel Islands from Gloucester in the same day in the TB20. With a warm front casting its shadow over the UK, the forecast was for fog in the morning and relatively low cloud in England, but sunshine for the south coast and points south of that. I had arranged a flight with Bruce, one of the Lyneham club members, in the TB20 from Gloucester

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Regaining night currency with a short flight to Oxford

The 90 day passenger rule Pilot regulations require that pilots who carry passengers at night must have made one take-off and landing at night within the previous 90 days. Once out of currency, this must either be done with an instructor or solo. Now that I’m based at an airport with lights, with the winter nights drawing in and the clocks going back, it was time to regain my night

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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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Servicing the aircraft

One of the advantages of hiring aircraft is that you don’t need to get involved in their ongoing maintenance. As a joint aircraft owner, you usually get more involved and choose which tasks are done in-house. The advantage is that you become more aware of what’s going on “under the bonnet”. The amount of self-maintenance that can be done by pilot owners depends on the registration type of the plane.

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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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Enstone for Circuit and landing practice

I wanted to take some time to practice and refine my landing technique and thought the best way to do that would be in a Warrior from the Lyneham Club at Kemble. Nearby, Enstone offer a £25 “all you can eat” landing deal which is hard to beat. PPR is required, so I called Oxfordshire Sportflying for permission but got no answer. I also tried Enstone Flying Club and after

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IMC revalidation

IMC Revalidation I suppose it should be called an IR(R) revalidation – the new name for an IMC – but I still can’t quite get used to the term. My IMC rating (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) permits me to fly in cloud in UK airspace including conducting instrument approaches, but not fly in Airways or Class A airspace. This rating has been retained under the EASA scheme for those who already

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Daytrip to Waterford Ireland

Today’s daytrip from Gloucester to Waterford, Ireland in the TB20 involved a number of unusual firsts today, in no particular order: Between a huge weather front passing through on Friday and another one coming on Sunday, there was a good weather window on Saturday as long as we didn’t head for France. I’d been considering a flight to Ireland for some time, and stimulated by a feature in Flyer magazine,

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