decided to have another visit to the Isle of Wight but this time to
Sandown, giving an opportunity to walk some different paths.
was an unusually hot day for the time of year but unfortunately with very
poor visibility. We flew the usual well-known route, which was just as
well since the lack of visibility would have been very disconcerting in
unfamiliar territory as the familiar landmarks were not appearing until we
were very close.
wind was light and variable and just before we arrived at Sandown the
runway was changed from 05 to 23. We joined downwind landed and took on
fuel. The price of fuel here was 1-57 per litre, which was considerably
less than what Bembridge were recently charging.
taken on fuel we were given a notice informing us that the airfield was
under threat from development. This was really terrible news since Sandown
is a very popular destination for many that fly and its loss to the
general aviation community would be considerable.
paid for fuel and our landing fee we set off for our walk. Before leaving
the airfield we noticed that the Aviator Restaurant had been demolished
and we hoped that a replacement would be built and that the airfield will
survive for many years to come.