We could not have asked for better weather. It was a sunny cloudless Monday morning and a Bank Holiday to boot. I arrived at the airfield at around 8AM ready to rock. Today we were going to do a club trip from Blackbushe to Compton Abbas and then on to Bembridge on the IoW for a spot of lunch. We A-checked the aircraft (G-EVTO) taxied out to fill her up and then back again to parking. It was a pretty busy morning for aviation by the looks of it as there were 3 jets getting ready to depart with DJ Chris Evans in one of them.
We were now ready to go (4 planes in total). Paul was to fly the first leg from Blackbushe to Compton Abbas and decided to fly the leg at 5000ft routing via SAM VOR. This was a first for me as I have not yet overflown Southampton but it was a great experience and one I was soon to repeat
Getting to Compton Abbas was interesting as we all had a bit of trouble identifying the field until we were quite close. Paul being an experienced pilot took us in very nicely. The grass runway was quite hard and very bumpy! But you can see for yourself in the video here:
We had some of the best sponge cake at Compton I’ve ever had, so those of you looking for a spot of tea and cake… that is where you need to head. It’s a lovely friendly airfield with good facilities and a great variety of planes old and new. This is one of the pictures I took shortly after arriving.
We no sooner had our cake and ate it… we were off again, this time with me at the “wheel”. Again I routed to Bembridge via the SAM VOR and again Southampton were great with the class D transit. Unfortunately I have not got many pictures or a video for that matter being at the helm… but this is my GPS track
I was fortunate in that I could do a straight in approach to Bembridge so I was pretty much descending all the way from the edge of Class D all the way down, it was a very calm and stable approach if I do say so myself. Slight cross wind on touch down but I still managed to get us off on the taxi way without the need to backtrack.
We parked up and headed to the beach for a bit of lunch. Unfortunately so did the rest of Bembridge and we were left having a quick snack and decided to make our way back. It was a lovely day on the beach with rolling banks of fog coming and going but very good indeed.
After a 20 minute track to the beach and back we were now ready for Dave to take the helm and take us back to Blackbushe. As with the other two flights of the day it was very good and in no time we were back at Blackbushe.
After getting back and completing all the paper work, Paul offered to take me up in his TB20… how I’ve been waiting for this opportunity!! And it was well worth the wait. The machine is a very fast turbo prop equipped retractable gear. I was in 7th heaven! We just flew out to Membury and back which was very quick since we were at 140kts in no time.
And that ladies and gentleman, boys and girls… was the end of that. Today made me realise why I got into aviation in the first place. The challenge, the reward, the freedom!
Thanks for sticking with the post this long! Until next time!