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Fly UK 2010 (by FlyUK2010)

We're off again in the microlight adventure of this year - flying all around the UK including Lands' End, John O'Groats, and hopefully also including Northern Ireland and the Orkney Islands if the weather plays ball!

Start - Friday 18th June. Keep watching.
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Fly UK 2010

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-10 21:13:10

We're off again in the microlight adventure of this year - flying all around
the UK including Lands' End, John O'Groats, and hopefully also including
Northern Ireland and the Orkney Islands if the weather plays ball!

Start - Friday 18th June. Keep watching.


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Where are we going?

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-10 21:59:14




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Tick tock

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-17 15:50:15

So, Thursday already which means soon it will be time for the off.

James, my passenger, and I are aiming to get to Old Sarum for lunch to give
us time for those last minute things that crop up.

We'll most likely go for a local flight in the afternoon for a gentle start
as Saturday we end up in Beverley up past Grimsby, via Romford Essex and
Lincolnshire.


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Home sweet home for the next 9 days

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-18 17:58:10

James 'just' fits...


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Glassonby

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-20 20:07:49

Saturday: At Glassonby, 25 miles south of Carlise on somebody's
recommendation. Log cabin - very comfy and warm!


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Su

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:23:39

So, after an astoundingly great flight to Glassonby and a nice night in the
log cabin, we were just getting ready to leave when Rowley (Mr Grumpy :)
the farmer who owns the strip appeared and took as to his lodge for
breakfast. What a house :) Nice breakfast and we left for Gigha at 1030.


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Cumbria

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:27:34

Enroute to Gigha Island, one of the Western Isles of Scotland. Lovely
weather - nice and Sunny, complete with some roller-coaster patches. Climbed
up to 4500 where it was smoother, and have a great view.

Please excuse propeller, kind of unavoidable...


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Ayreshire coast

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:35:42

Here we are still at 4500 feet coasting out enroute too Gigha, life jackets
on of course. There's a fair bit of water to cross and not an awful lot of
places to go should something break. The land is big lumps of granite
mostly.

It's about 14 miles of sea until we get to the Isle of Arran, then another 5
miles of wet stuff until the Kintyre peninsula, then a short crossing to
Gigha Island.


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Kintyre Peninsula

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:47:03

Rugged.


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Gigha Island

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:57:27

Here we are at Gigha Island. Yes, the entire runway is full of this scrub
and a little bumpy, but not too bad. Landing fee 3 quid.

We walked into the village 1.5 miles away as it was a nice day.

Had a nice lunch at the Hotel and arranged 78 litres of fuel for us and Andy
in a Eurostar who we met up at St Michaels Saturday. The General Store
delivered us and the fuel back to the airfield. 'All part of the service'.

Soon, on our way to Glenforsa. The weather further north is looking poor now
so don't want to go much further today, as we may have to start moving back
south Monday.


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Glenforsa

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-21 10:59:45

Here we are at Glenforsa. The airstrip is right next to the Hotel so we
elect to stay in one of the log built rooms and get a hot shower... Friendly
welcome, and landing fee just over a tenner.

Will decide what to do tomorrow...


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:01:36

Woke up Monday morning at Glenforsa to rubbish weather. Sigh. That is the
thing with the Scottish islands, all four seasons in one day.

After lunch the cloudbase had lifted to somewhere around 2000 feet - enough
to safely depart although a coastal route would be needed as there are
rather large lumps of granite inland.

When we got to the Southern end of Arran, the clouds gave way to blue skies
and sun. Huraah!


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:05:56

Landed at Castle Kennedy under an hour later, and old disused WW2 aerodrome
where 600M of the old broken up surface has been resurfaced. Part of the
Stair estate, Lord Stair actually met us and fetched us fuel in jerry cans
from the local petrol station. A very nice chap indeed.

This was just a brief fuel stop, so we were off an hour later for Fishburn.


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:07:36

Crossing the Solway Firth enroute from Castle Kennedy to Fishburn.


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:10:11

This is the TV antenna for Cumbria. An absolute monster at 1985 feet above
sea level (1035 above groiund).


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:13:31

Arrived at Fishburn an hour earlier than estimated. Blimey. Nice tailwind
had our speed over the ground in excess of 110MPH.

I like this place. Been here before and always get a great reception.

James got his Mum to come down from Newcastle to drive us to the local pub -
thanks Mrs C! Town is Sedgefield - Tony B Liar's old constituency.


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Mo

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:18:01

Weather good for tomorrow!


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Tuesday

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-22 09:18:05

Today we're going to Beverley, then Cromer where we'll stop for lunch. It's
due to be scorchio today so we may spend a few hours at Cromer relaxing. Not
sure where after that, but down the East coast for sure.


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Tuesday - Beverley

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-25 12:59:54

Here we are at Beverley airfield. Nice field with friendly people. we only
managed some crisps and Coke for food though, so I boiled up one of my
expedition food packs - the Lamb Pilaf 3was rather pleasant actually.

We met a Sport Cruiser flown by Alastair (I think) and Lana. Nice looking
machine, and certainly speedy. This was an LAA variant rated at 730kg or
around there.

It was a very warm day so we dossed about in the shade under the wings for a
bit, and then left for Cromer.


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Tuesday - Cromer

From FlyUK2010
2010-06-25 13:05:53

Landed at Cromer in Norfolk, a very popular stip for microlights run by
Chris Gurney, a helpful chap. Had more tea (there's lots of tea in
microlighting :) a good chap with the resident instructor Gordon, fuelled up
and onwards to Clipgate Farm in deepest Kent.


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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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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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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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?
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