I can’t believe that it has been so long since I posted my last blog. It pretty much sums up an odd Spring and Summer in flying terms. The weather, as always, was a key factor and the lack of a buddy due to an operation. Now normal flying has been resumed but here is a brief rundown to get up to date.
Following on from the trip to Coventry, the weather really closed in and we found ourselves doing quick jaunts around the Heathrow perimeter to Henlow and Damyns Hall. Two different ends of the GA spectrum. RAF Henlow has a huge grass runway and slick operations whereas Damyns Hall has more of a club feel with the members manning the Radio if they happen to be sitting near it.
A break in the weather then allowed us to head North once again to Sherburn in Elmet. We hit it on a very busy day (AGM) but everyone was extremely friendly and we ate in one of the best airport cafes that we have come across.
It was at this point that my buddy found out that he shouldn’t be flying with an operation due. This led to a hiatus in our normal flying pattern and I stuck to local flights to keep my hand in.
The monsoon like weather kept me very close to home and when we finally went flying again it felt quite strange to be back in the air. Choosing a local flight to White Waltham everything happened too quickly and we ‘mislaid’ the airfield on approach and then I blithely mistook Bracknell for Reading on the departure and had to turn away quickly to avoid entering Heathrow airspace. Crazy!
Last weekend, the only pocket of good weather was South, so Bembridge called. A beautiful day and the busiest I’ve seen the airfield for some time.
Today, AeroExpo at Sywell was the venue of choice. It doesn’t matter how hard the organisers try to get aviators to join the circuit in a controlled way, they will always do what they think is best. After reading a 28 page document we felt fully briefed. However, on arrival at Pitsford Reservoir our cockpit was full of comments such as “He’s in the holding circuit” “No, now he’s heading North.” “Watch out he’s coming back.” “What’s this one doing?” “Surely he’s not going to…… Yes he is!” “That has to be a go around!” I think the plane spotters on the ground were placing bets on which aircraft were going to make it to the runways.The sun came out and despite small crowds we were all wowed by some excellent aerobatic displays.
Not sure where it will be next but I can still hear Llanbedr calling. We’ll get there one day!