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Round the World – Atlantic Day 19

Round the World – Atlantic Day 19

Laddingford, England to Rotterdam, Netherlands The time for returning to work was drawing painfully near. Before parking up the airplane for a month, it was important to take care of some routine maintenance. I organised, through the very helpful Liz of the Flyer Forum, to take the aircraft the 8 miles over to Headcorn and meet “Big Jon”, who had very kindly volunteered to give up a few hours of his holiday weekend to help me out. I had all…

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Round the World – Atlantic Days 17 and 18

Round the World – Atlantic Days 17 and 18

Caernarfon, Wales to Laddingford, England Our first appointment of our day in Snowdonia was at “King Arthur’s Labyrinth”. This underground attraction is based in an old mine, the Braichgoch slate mine, and features a boat ride in to the mine followed by a walk around some of the mine, visiting animatronic displays that tell various stories about King Arthur. It was remarkably tacky, and told us nothing at all about the old mine itself, which is what I had really…

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Round the World – Atlantic Days 15 and 16

Round the World – Atlantic Days 15 and 16

Newquay, England to Caernarfon, Wales The previous evening, the very friendly B&B owner had given us a long rundown of all the things we should do and see while in Cornwall; far too much to do in the one day we had, but perfect for selecting some highlights from! We drove south to start with through Cornwall’s tiny narrow lanes, hitting the coast much sooner than I had expected. I was used to driving the vast distances of the US,…

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Round the World – Atlantic Days 13 and 14

Round the World – Atlantic Days 13 and 14

Laddingford, England to Newquay, England After a couple of days off from flying in the UK, it was time to get on the move again. The next flights would be much more gentle and relaxed than the Atlantic crossing, however! My new copilot, Elsa, joined me from the USA and together we set off on a 6 day flight around the UK, exploring some areas that I had never flown to before. We took off from Laddingford mid-morning, seen off…

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Round the World – Atlantic Day 12

Round the World – Atlantic Day 12

Carlisle, England to Laddingford, England Our taxi driver that morning turned out to have a son who was keenly interested in aviation, so we swapped airplane stories on the ride back to the airport. The days plan was fairly leisurely, so we spent a while wandering around the outside exhibits at the air museum on the field, including a Vulcan; my second of the trip after Goose Bay! The museum itself did not open until late morning, so we headed…

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Round the World – Atlantic Day 11

Round the World – Atlantic Day 11

Aberdeen, Scotland to Carlisle, England Aberdeen city center was shut down for a cycle race that morning, but luckily the buses were still running. We took the aptly numbered 727 bus out to the airport, hopping off one stop early and being collected by Signature who shuttled us round to their location. They were all smartly dressed and very busy this morning as a certain 757 with “Trump” painted on the side in large letters was in town for golf!…

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Round the World – Atlantic Days 8, 9 and 10

Round the World – Atlantic Days 8, 9 and 10

Vagar, Faeroe Islands to Aberdeen, Scotland Breakfast in the hotel, in Nordic style again, featured a lot of cheese and cured meats. A mountain of Parma-style ham is a great way to start the day! After leading me round almost ever level of the hotel trying to find the door to the car park (“It’s OK, it’s definitely on this floor”) Mike drove us back to the airport, taking the low road this time for a change of scenery. The…

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Round the World – Atlantic Day 7

Round the World – Atlantic Day 7

Keflavik, Iceland to Vagar, Faeroe Islands The Faeroe Islands are renowned for bad weather, but today they were making an exception, just for us. Conditions along the route were ideal for flying. After yet another hotel breakfast, our taxi driver from the previous day turned up right on time and delivered us straight back to the airplane. Our top-notch handler was there again, and after very trustingly signing on the yet-to-be-finalised blank invoice, I taxied the aircraft over to meet…

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Round the World – Atlantic Day 6

Round the World – Atlantic Day 6

Kulusuk, Greenland to Keflavik, Iceland The group of heli-skiers were due to fly out today, so the previous night had been fairly “celebratory” for them! We therefore didn’t get quite as much sleep as hoped, but were up bright and early anyway and breakfasted with the Austrians, who were planning a couple of hours scenic flight followed by a return to Iceland a little behind us. The hotel owner ran us all back to the airport in the van, and…

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Round the World – Atlantic Day 5

Round the World – Atlantic Day 5

Narsarsuaq, Greenland to Kulusuk, Greenland You know the drill by now; wake up, check weather. Things were looking…not as good as expected. There was a localised bubble of high ceilings (6,000ft) around Narsarsuaq. The ice cap east rose to much higher than this, and to the west the cloud dropped down to sea level just a few miles away. With wires crossing the fiords at various heights downstream, punching along fiords low level in the clouds seemed like a poor…

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