We arrived at Turweston at exactly 10:45 and I was obviously excited for flying in a Cherokee, when we walked in, I was told that we would be flying in G-AYJR, one of the Flying Club’s Cherokee workhorses. They then saw that I had brought an entourage, and offered to take a couple of them up in a four seater. Instantly the seats were taken and we were ready to go in the recently assigned G-BYHI. Top marks there Turweston!
We were the first of the day, but again, all credit to Turweston, we did checks as quickly as safely possible before getting into the air. As we climbed through 1000 feet, I was handed control and then was mine for the rest of the flight!
We flew over Silverstone and could see the Single seater experience on the smaller track going on. Then, we made a right turn towards Stowe and flew over the school before heading over Westbury and Beachborough School, which although is not as big as Stowe is still very impressive from the air. We then went for a trip over the house and it was nice to see the washing hadn’t blown away! After this, we initiated a descent back to Turweston which was flown rather well I thought. I had control right down to the last foot when the instructor helped with the flare. It was a nice landing and bringing the 800kg aircraft to a stop was a doddle with some input on the brakes.
Overall impressions of the Flying Club are that it is very nice, very friendly and they really like people who show a keen interest. 5 out of 5 and even though the aircraft aren’t the best, the people and atmosphere make up for it in every way.
I then stayed on for a bit longer to do some normal spotting, it was a fairly busy day and I was clearly not the only user of G-BYHI as it was popular all day. There were a couple of visitors in some precarious taildraggers but it was still a good day.
These were the aircraft seen
(Bold indicates inactive)
- G-AVLT (1967 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee)
- G-AXTO (1969 Piper PA-24-260 Comanche)
- G-BAXZ (1970 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee)
- G-BEZF (1974 Grumman American AA-5 Traveller)
- G-BGOG (1979 Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II)
- G-BHDE (1980 Socata TB-10 Tobago)
- G-BNSP (1987 Slingsby T.67M Firefly MkII)
- G-BOJS (1981 Cessna 172P Skyhawk)
- G-BULC (1999 Avid Speedwing Mk.4)
- G-BUTZ (1967 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee)
- G-BYHI (1980 Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II)
- G-BZIT (1964 Beech 95-B55)
- G-CCFC (2003 Robinson R44 Raven II)
- G-CIIC (1957 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub)
- G-CIRI (2007 Cirrus SR20 G2)
- G-CIWU (1991 Mcdonnell Douglas MD 369E)
- G-CTAM (2007 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo)
- G-CYRA (1994 Kolb Twinstar Mk.III)
- G-FCSP (1990 Robin DR400/180 Regent)
- G-GALA (1970 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee)
- G-GCDB (2008 Cirrus SR20 GTS)
- G-GGRR (1974 Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1)
- G-OPEP (1979 Piper PA-28-200RT Turbo Cherokee Arrow IV)
- G-RVJO (2007 Vans RV-9A)
- G-SHRN (2008 Schweizer 269C-1)
- G-VICC (1979 Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II)
- G-WINX (2017 Tecnam P2010)
- G-ZOOL (1979 Reims Cessna FA152 Aerobat)
- N89GH (2004 Cirrus SR22)
- N214CL (2012 Cirrus SR22 GTS)
- N2366D (1952 Cessna 170B)
- N30593 (1973 Cessna 210-L Centurion)
4 on www.jetphotos.com
2 on www.abpic.co.uk