Sunday, 30 May 2010

A busy five minutes

Flying late in the day has its advantages. The air is smoother, the light warmer and the low sun throws long shadows over the ground highlighting ancient earthworks and fields shaped by hundreds of years of agriculture.

There's usually fewer aircraft about too, meaning quieter frequencies and painless transits. It doesn't always work that way though - a couple of nights ago the little bit of airspace around Brize was heaving with the maxed out controller issuing 'standby and remain outside controlled airspace' instructions to VHF callers for a while. It all worked out though, everyone that wanted one got a transit, and we got a great view of a VC10 on final. By the time we left the Brize zone everyone had gone off frequency and once again it seemed like we were the only people flying.

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