Ferry flight from Alderney

A short ferry trip outside the European Union The concept of ferry pilots brings thoughts of fearless individuals who fly small aircraft across the Atlantic, surrounded by huge extra fuel tanks and the risk of bad weather, sharks and a cold sea. In my case however, it was just a one hour flight back from Alderney after one of the other share-o-plane owners had flown it out there. Alderney is

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Cranfield and IMC practice with someone else’s family

Planning to practice IMC flight I’d been talking with Andy about some joint IMC practice for quite a while, and have also been aware that I haven’t flown a Lyneham club aircraft since I bought into the TB20 share in July. Since it wasn’t available today, and it looked like a good day to go flying (who knows when the good summer weather might come to a close), we arranged

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Solo direct to Nottingham

First a clean up The weather had been poor over most of the weekend, restricting flying activity. The TB20 share-o-plane group had organised a clean-up the day before, and we had spent several hours cleaning the grime and dirt off the outside (especially underneath), polishing the paintwork and hoovering inside – interspersed with several tea and lunch breaks. I have joining a clean-up working party for the club aircraft once

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 5 – Braunschweig (EDVE) to Le Touquet (LFAT)

Planning the return Our hosts were expecting us to depart on Sunday, although could be flexible if the weather was difficult. Wanting to make this a gentle and enjoyable tour, we decided we’d like to split the journey back, stopping overnight somewhere on the European coast. This would reduce the flight time per day, and potentially allow some more beach time. My initial thought was Le Touquet, which I’d visited

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 4 – Braunschweig (EDVE) to Magdeburg City (EDBM) and back

A few days holiday and a short landaway We spent several days with our friends, visiting Wernigerode Castle in the Harz mountains, taking the train to Hannover and looking around Braunschweig while the thundery weather passed through. I watched the weather forecast closely to plan ahead for our departure. Highlights included an organ recital, which ended along the lines of the Last night of the Proms – it was surreal

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German Tour 2013 – Leg 3 – Wilhelmshaven (EDWI) to Braunswchweig (EDVE)

First – a short local from Wilhelmshaven JadesWeser   On Tuesday, the weather was as forecast beginning to turn for the worse, with a wind of 10-15 knots from the south west. I took our hosts for a short flight around the city and harbour area of Wilhelmshaven, but not as far north as the Friesland islands because of some low dark clouds there. I’d checked with the airport controller

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German tour 2013 – Leg 1 – Gloucester (EGBJ) to Texel (EHTX)

Planning a European mini-tour I had already negotiated the new TB20 share-o-plane for a week’s touring during the initial discussions when buying into a share. The option for touring is one of the main objectives (and benefits) of the group, and something that all members could expect to enjoy during the year. The ability to take a plane away and not worry about it sitting unused at the airport for

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South of Bournemouth

Diverted to Bournemouth

Probably because my confidence had been boosted the previous day, I decided that the weather forecast was good enough to fly to Dinard in France for a daytrip today. This had been promised to my daughter for some time, and she had brought along a couple of her friends who were also looking forward to the flight. The usual preparation prior to a cross channel flight I filed flightplans using

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