Four members enjoyed a tour of the Cotswolds - some at 220 knots some at 60 knots!. Departing from Enstone, the club landed at Wellesbourne Mountford for tea, then flew to our new base at Gloucestershire and lined up for the usual team photo and Teamspeak chat. Aircraft which took part were a Piper J3 Cub, An Auster, A Chipmunk and a Mk XIV Spitfire.
Opening Night at Gloucestershire
To celebrate the opening of our new base at Gloucestershire (EGBJ) the Club held its inaugural meeting there on Tuesday 7th December 2004. Five club aircraft attended, G-BNIK, G-GYAV, G-SPCA, G-BYMB and G-XAJD. Other aircraft at Gloucestershire that evening were G-EEKY, G-NPLT and G-BOBB. A great event.
Biggin on the Bump - Circuits & Bumps night
This was an excellent "social" gathering with eight aircraft taking part in total, five club members and three visitors. ATC was manned by a new controller Greg Gamelli who was bit thrown in at the deep end, with as many as four aircraft in the circuit at once. It's not often you call downwind and are told you are number 4 for landing, but I heard it twice last night. "Old Hand" Biggin ATCO Tim Slater decided to fly for a change.
Severn Valley night out
On the evening, only Gloucester and Bristol were manned, (Cardiff had been anticipated) so we flew from Gloucester to Bristol via the River Severn, and back again. ATC was very proficient and kept us on our toes. A nice little outing.
A quiet outing to Popham
Eventually the date caused problems with this trip and only G-XAJD and G-SPCA could make it. Tony (G-XAJD) followed the Tunbridge-Lewes-Washington-Peterfield Route, whilst Pete (G-SPCA) took the Mayfield VOR route. Both agreed that runway 08 over the silos was easier for landing than 26 over the arrow. The two continued the clockwise journey by returning to Biggin Hill via Blackbushe & Ockham. Briefing Document.
More Formation Flying
A couple of members experimented with a new Multiplayer Client-Server system, which turns out to be very stable, and thus suitable for formation flying. See Tony Driver's report.
Luton to Rochester
This was another exciting trip attended by four members: G-BYMB, G-TFNH, G-XAJD, and VH-DAH. (writes Tony Driver). All completed the trip successfully, with a bit of help. Thanks to all for joining in. Tony Driver (G-XAJD) was first off but last down due some unknown ATC reason when he was routed west rather than east for a while. When he was handed over to Luton Director, manned by Cix VFR Club member Ruth McTighe, things settled down a bit. By that time NH and AH had gone on their way in front of him. Then as Tony (G-XAJD) made an overhead join at Rochester to allow plenty of time for NH to vacate the runway, Tim Arnot (G-BYMB) sneaked in front with a right base join. (Stiff conversations in the members bar afterwards!). Said Tony afterwards "Now that Tim is a real pilot he was forgiven."