Siberia is not a great place to live. Not much happens in Siberia and after standing outside for an hour and a half in a (reasonably) strong Siberian wind, it’s easy to see why. I lost feeling in my fingers within 20 minutes, my toes followed suit after another 20 minutes. Fortunately, I don’t live in Siberia, because, as they say in French, je suis frileux. Fortunately, the Siberian wind brings very little moisture as it characteristic of a sinking air mass above the jetstream, causing very high pressure. QFE today was 1013 leaving QNH at 1027. This high pressure cannot carry much moisture at all and so leaves clear skies. These clear skies are meaning that many people are finding their inner Biggles at the moment and taking to the skies. I don’t blame them, particularly if they are a Turweston resident, as the wind was pretty much down the runway, and when it wasn’t, the crosswind component was still very low.

Today also saw a new type for me. The Wassmer Europa is a bit of an oddball, and there are only 4 examples with a G- registration. It was nice to see a different sort of aircraft over the usual Pipers and Cessnas. Today also saw the return of G-BOXR, the Grumman Cougar mentioned in a bit more detail here.

These are the aircraft I saw

F-GBVN 1979 Robin DR400/180 Bicester
G-BDIE 1975 Rockwell Commander 112 Turweston
G-BNIV 1981 Cessna 152 Coventry
G-BNKI 1978 Cessna 152 Halton
G-BOKX 1978 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II Turweston
G-BONC 1979 Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV
G-BOXR 1978 Gulfstream GA-7 Cougar Elstree
G-BSEU 1977 Piper PA-28-181 Archer II Shobdon
G-BUFY 1980 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II Denham
G-BWNC 1980 Cessna 152 Wellesbourne
G-BYHI 1980 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II Turweston
G-CSHB 2012 Czech Sport Aircraft PS-28 Cruiser
G-EFVS 1971 Wassmer WA-52 Europa
G-MCLN 2006 Cirrus SR20 G2 Turweston
G-NJOY 1982 Piper PA-28-181 Archer II Turweston
G-OCAM 1979 Gulfstream AA-5A Cheetah Turweston
G-OTAM 1974 Cessna 172M Skyhawk
G-PORK 1977 Grumman AA-5B Tiger
G-ZERO 1975 Grumman AA-5B Tiger Turweston
N179JD 2017 Cirrus SR22T-GTS Platinum Biggin Hill

 

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