As I looked out of the window at about half past ten, I thought to myself, this is going to be a good day for planespotting! By, eleven o’clock, however, I thought, no, I was wrong it is grim. The wind was a steady 28 knots gusting 35 at a 360 heading (Turweston has a 09/27 and 21/05 runway although 21/05 is only 400 metres-ish). I arrived having heard little traffic in the circuit to be greeted by G-BORK on 21, a go-around by G-JANT on 09 and a landing by G-UIMB. Unfortunately, that was about it for 40 minutes.
The highlight of the day no doubt came in he hands of Jetfly Aviation’s LX-LAB which annoyingly landed during my lunch so I missed the landing but I still got the taxi in and takeoff. It came as no surprise that a couple of hours later an S-Class Mercedes pulled up and deposited some rather rich passengers. As I write this, I am trying tracking her but she is still at FL230 although Ground Speed is now only at 170 knots, so she might be descending into Geneva.
I also found out that Cirrus tails seem to make a really loud noise in strong wind. I do not know why but it was rather interesting.
Update (16:12 UTC): LX-LAB has now descended through FL200 and might well be going to Geneva. Watch this space!
New update (16:23 UTC): LX-LAB may not going to Geneva it would seem as it has turned North-East over Lake Geneva. Maybe Bern is on the cards…
Final update (16:29 UTC): Looks like Bern might have been right. ADS-B is now off but she looks on course for the Swiss capital.
These were the aircraft seen
(Bold indicates inactive)
- G-AVLT (1967 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee)
- G-AZHB (1971 Robin HR100/200B Royale)
- G-BBDT (1968 Cessna 150H)
- G-BSIM (1986 Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II)
- G-BORK (1981 Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II)
- G-CIRI (2007 Cirrus SR20 G2)
- G-JAMM (2017 Guimbal Cabri G2)
- G-JANT (1983 Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II)
- G-OMRC (2013 Vans RV-10)
- G-UIMB (2011 Guimbal Cabri G2)
- LX-LAB (2003 Pilatus PC-12/45)
- N219DW (2008 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTSX Turbo)
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