|29 April 2007
- Set off for Plymouth but ended up at Henstridge
|We decided to
attempt to attend our first Devon Strut flyin of the year. We booked
our slot as required with Plymouth, and heard that they were CAVOK with
bright sunshine. We were disappointed that visibility was so poor
where we were flying.
|We flew past
Chilbolton, up over the River Test, Stockbridge, and on to
Salisbury. Then passing Shaftesbury we followed the railway
line. Visibility was still much to be desired. The plan was to
fly along the South Devon coast but as we got close, almost to Axminster,
we came across thick coastal fog. Not good.
| We tried to
contact Plymouth but were out of range. We decided to turn back and
call into Henstridge for fuel and lunch.
|We contacted Plymouth using our mobile phone upon landing at Henstridge to cancel
our slot. It was good to be back at Henstridge again and wonderful
to see aviation related constructions being erected on the airfield
instead of house building.
| After a pleasant stop over we headed for home.
The wind was by
now quite strong and blowing from the North East Not a good
direction for landing on our strip as it suffers from curl over with the
wind in this direction.
|Our first attempt
was mildly exciting from a passengers point of view. my thoughts
being, oh well I won't have to get any oil off the belly of the
plane. I thought the leaves we were so close to must have done that
job for me. Martin's expertise brought us down safely at the second