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Thursday - Homeward bound

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:56:17

We leave sheepwash late afternoon and route direct to home base at Old
Sarum, Salisbury.

A healthy tail wind has us touching down 100 minutes later at 6pm.

Unloaded all the stuff from the aircraft, fetched fuel and gave the aircraft
a good wash. Back home by 2030 with a nice bottle of Rose sat out in the
garden in the Sun. Excellent.

We saw most of the mainland apart from the very North East of Scotland and
the very South West of England. In all, 24 hours and 30 minutes of flying
over 6 days. An excellent time was had - many thanks to all those involved!


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Thursday - WTF is this?

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:45:45

Thursday morning. Fog and mist, and we can almost touch the clouds. Great,
what happened to the forecast which was great yesterday? Ah, a low over
Ireland is now pushing into the High which has been sat over Southern
England all week, and the converging air masses are over Cornwall.

Yeah, cheers for that. Time for the pub!

We sit around the pub drinking coffee and orange juice (not together!) with
the odd look at the new forecast and phone call to various places. The
Scillies and Lands End are fogged in an there's not much joy to read in the
forecast.

We have lunch at the pub.

The cloudbase and the Scillies and Lands End has lifted to a whopping 300
feet. While some people may be happy to go 22 miles to a little island 2
miles long at a couple off hundred feet above the sea, none of us are that
'brave'. We decide that we'll head home instead.


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Wednesday - Sheepwash Farm

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:38:25

Our ETA is sometime around 2030, and as Andy has the faster machine we agree
that he'll go for it, dump his aircraft and gear and get to the pub and
order food before they stop serving.

We've got about 100MPH over the ground with a fast cruise and actually get
there only 8 minutes after Andy.

We park up with the owner watching and go over to say 'hello'. A very nice
chap too, though he is a little bemused that in the 30 seconds is took him
to walk from the house, there was an aircraft there and nobody around! We
'fess up that he was under instructions to leg it to the pub, and all is
well.

The owner turns out to be an IT consultant who works for the Jersey
government. He commutes to work in a twin Piper Seneca he keeps at his
strip, which takes 50 minutes. Wow.

Considering that 'The Book' says there are zero facilities at this strip (we
were getting desperate after all) we're well pleased to find there is a
washroom complete with shower, Result.

Time for the pub.


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Wednesday - Compton Abbas

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:30:16

We get into Compton Abbas about 1700.

The plan is to carry on down into Cornwall tonight to Lands End airfield
where we'll stay the night, ready for a 22 mile hop across the sea to the
Scilly Isle. And this is where things start coming apart. It will be a good
couple of hours from here to Lands End and as usual we ring our destination
to check there is nothing unusual going on.

Oh, wait. They are going to close in 45 minutes although 'The Book' says
sunset. That's torn it.

There's always Perranporth, also open until sunset. Same story. Then it
dawns on us that we have all been reading this wrong since the beginning of
time - '0800-1800 or SS' is whichever is EARLIER, not later, to take into
account the Winter darkness. Oops.

Newquay also closing. This isn't looking great so far. We try all the
private strips - lots of no-answers, some not after 2000 hours, some with
crazy 200m strips, but eventually we find somebody at Sheepwash Farm who
seems quite laid back. Sheepwash it is!


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Wednesday - Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth)

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:20:42

Here we are still following the south coast travelling West. Just abeam
Portsmouth and you can see the Spinnaker Tower - quite a landmark.


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Wednesday - South coast

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:17:51

Routed along the South Coast, and passed Shoreham airfield where I learnt to
fly a long time ago. It was quite an exciting place to learn to fly
microlights as it had full Air Traffic Control which certainly keeps you
busy.

Our destination is going to be Compton Abbas over in Dorset - a lovely field
on top of a hill.


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Wednesday - Beachy Head

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:13:52

Had a good noss at the Chunnel and met up over Beachy Head, where Andy in a
Eurostar formated on me as agreed before, with James as temporary passenger.


Flying in even loose formation requires a certain amount of trust between
parties. Andy formated on me which means he was pretty busy keeping station,
leaving the actual course to me. As they say, if flying in formation
properly, if the leader hits something, so does everybody else!

Lovely trip along the coast - nice and sooth with lots to see.


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Wednesday - Beachy Head

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 11:12:29

Had a good noss at the Chunnel and met up over Beachy Head, where Andy in a
Eurostar formated on me as agreed before, with James as temporary passenger.


Flying in even loose formation requires a certain amount of trust between
parties. Andy formated on me which means he was pretty busy keeping station,
leaving the actual course to me. As they say, if flying in formation
properly, if the leader hits something, so does everybody else!

Lovely trip along the coast - nice and sooth with lots to see.


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Wednesday - Headcorn (Lashendon) for breakfast

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-26 10:58:05

We made a fairly early get-away from Clipgate and went to Headcorn for
breakfast. Sometimes, there is nothing better than a full fry-up,, and this
was just the ticket. We fed the aircraft also with some nice 100 octane fuel
and had a good look around for a few hours.

We decided to route down to the south coast via the channel tunnel entrance
and have a good noss.


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Tuesday - Clipgate Farm

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-25 13:12:02

Now, that was an interesting approach and landing. Clipgate is surrounded by
a mass of tall trees which certainly focuses the mind.

We were met by the owner Bob, who let us use a static caravan for the night,
then ran us all over the place looking for a pub still doing food, the time
now being getting on for 9pm. We failed so ended up with crisps and nuts to
give the beer something to wash down.

Bob had plenty of entertaining stories for us which was fab.

Nice place to visit.


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