Thursday, 14 May 2009

...and the planning begins

A few days from now and we should be on our way to Tunisia for an event organised by these guys www.aerorallyes.net I had planned to borrow a Columbia 400, but while it was away in Germany having a TKS system fitted, a problem was discovered with the rudder. To cut a long story short, it needs a new one and won't be finished in time. I'd planned for FL180 and a TAS of 200kt, but now we're taking the C182 I think FL100 and 120kt is more realistic!

I've been playing with Navbox - looking at various 'what ifs' - so far I've settled on Lydeway to Clermont Ferrand for leg one, then Clermont to Calvi on Corsica to complete the first day. We've got friends on Corsica, so will stay there for a day before flying on to Tunis for the start of the tour.

edit: Long range forecast not looking great for UK or Northern France. I have a validated IFR route, but can't say that the idea of a couple of hours in the airways with no autopilot fills me with joy.

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