Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Shoreham looking shabby

I got up this morning and looked at the TAFs. The morning's weather was fine, but prob30 very pants later. Taking everything into account I took the appalling Kia Cee'd (hired from Hertz yesterday after my car went into limp home mode) and drove for two and a half hours to get to Shoreham.

Frankly it should be a jewel of an airport. It has a decent length runway, instrument approaches, full air traffic, lights, fuel, maintenance, hangarage, history, an art deco terminal, a cafe, a couple of flying schools and Transair, the UK's largest pilot shop. Not only that, but the local area is great and the nearest competition is miles away.

I got to Shoreham a few minutes early and decided to have a poke around to see what had changed since my last visit, to be honest I was a bit surprised, what's been going on?

A lot of the buildings, including the terminal are looking shabby and unloved and the restaurant, once closed, once decent, once average has a collection of chairs and tables that wouldn't be out of place in a run down bus station. I walked through the terminal's lobby area (not too bad) and walked outside to see an almost deserted apron. I don't think I've ever seen it so empty - I don't know if it had been cleared for a specific reason, but it didn't look like people were preparing to paint lines or wash concrete.

I really hope that the tatty state of the place is temporary and not a stage in a great little airport's decline.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Autumn flight

I haven't managed to post much recently as things have been busy at work. Despite that I've managed to do some flying, including a short flight in great light - I posted a few more pics here.

Next week I'm off to AOPA Summit in Long Beach, although AOPA's autumn event is significantly smaller than Sun 'n Fun or Oshkosh it's nonetheless a great event mixing education, exhibition and social functions pretty well, although I see that tickets for this year's Saturday night meal are on sale for $250 each.

I'm due to fly to a meeting tomorrow, but looking at Lyneham's TAF I suspect that I'll be driving!

TAF EGDL 022234Z 0300/0318 22015G25KT 9999 -RA BKN012 TEMPO 0300/0309 22012KT 6000 -RADZ BKN006 TEMPO 0312/0318 5000 -RADZ SCT004 BKN008=