MaxSez: I waited a long time for another general aviation (GA) go on Friday Fight Fights. I pulled up the Regions UK/Aus Charts and noted multiple TFR designated GA only, WoW!
Bored with “WaitRow”and the other Former Empire Home archipelago airfield I decided to venture close in-shore! I routed an island hop in the Hebrides /Shetlands and the “French” Channel Islands.
The Shetland’s & Hebrides are off Scotland in the North Atlantic/North Sea while the Channel Islands are in the “French” Channel Just Off the Cherbourg/Normandy coast.(See ScreenShots)
I titled this Topic “The lonely Planet” for a cause!; “GA All the Way”, BUT! For a GA Event there was a notable absence of GA except for a few TBM’s in our near the UK during my 2.5 Hour go. I did see 1 ea CUB/172 working in the region though.
(1 TBM (Grade 4) on a destiination airport in the Hebrides taxing, chose not to respond to my multiple advisory request. “So much for arrogance and poor airmanship in that so-called expert community”!)
(@Balloonchaser; Appears the GA Club chose not to show their colors on this “Special” a disadvantage, I didn’t see one club member as I motor about. “You guys left the Team Down”!)
As for Services; None of the Shetland airports where active, even Stornaway the eastern terminus for the Northern Transoceanic was vacant! On the other hand 2 of the Channel Islands were active but void of traffic on the ground or in the air. “I felt sorry for the IFATC manning these bone yard posts, volunteers; “Capt. Collins at Guernsey & Pat???” at Jersey should be recognized for their dedication”.
In sum great flying day for me in a Cub, STOL takeoffs in 30+ winds in a craft that’s rated for +/-10. “It Just leaped into the air but was a temperamental bear on Landing in the Northern sub-Artic of the wind swept North Sea. I did “Slip”
her in twice successfully in crosswind +25K.
“LOL, Looking back I walked away Disappoint”! The lack of membership GA interest is appalling !! Truth be told most here can’t get a GA off the ground in wind over 005K if they do, on landing they continually prang it in any crosswind however slight. They then slink away into the night to just push a button and play Captain. Bottom Line, No question the trash haulers ruled this FNF.
Pushing buttons and letting a machine drive the train was never my thing. The day will come when the budding pilots on this sim will look back and rue the day that they had the missed opportunity to venture forth into the aerodynamics realm and chose to drive a “Bus” bypassing the very basic introductions to Flight. The sheer joy of low, slow, hands on Aviating,Nav by Eyeball or NavAid, Buzzin the Tower at uncontrolled Full Tarmacks, and doin VFR without a cop with a ticket book & a quota is what starts an aviator on the golden path to a left Commercial Seat and a 100 missions crusted Cap…
(Addendum: Late Entry; Re-launched about 2200 and went to visit my Mates Down Under! Out of Rockhampten, Queensland, Aus. met up w/“@Kurt Herric” in his Cub & flew East Down to Cape Capricorn on the Coral Sea. Approach at the Cape is overwater, over a big mound to a narrow threshold. Great Ride 1st time just had to do it again. RoundRobin’d Back to the Rock as twins… Great Fun. The Cub is a lovely Kite!)
For those interested in the darkside(GA) below find the Charts for the UK/Aus Region of today’s interest.
(@MishaCamp would not blame you if you chose not to do a GA Event in the near term, nobody came to the Ball!)