Flight to Llanbedr
Flew to llanbedr in North Wales today (21 Sept). The weather wasn't looking good for SE England but towards the NW it was looking quite sunny, so I plotted my route on Sky Demon and prepared myself for the flight.
I had seen pictures of the Star wars set at Greenham Common in the news recently so I plotted that as a waypoint to see if anything was still there. The Millenium Falcon has been dismantled but I could see a few X-Wing fighters outside the old nuclear missile silos along with some set dressing of pipework here and there. It will be intresting to see how its used in the film.
After this nI headed towards Brize Norton, where they routed me overhead RAF Fairford, a big RAF base used by the USAF and for the annual air tattoo. It was quite a treat to get permission to transit overhead.
After this it was straight on to Wales. The low cloud that had been with me for the past 45 minutes quicjkly gave way to clear blue skies. I climbed to 4,000ft and looked at the beautiful landscape
of Wales ahead iof me.
I routed cdirect to Mount Snowdon as I didn't know how long the blue skies would last. I could see it very clearly from a long way of. As I got closer I could make out lots of tourists on nthe summit. I circled around and also looked for the holiday cottage (Sygun Cottage) I had spent a week in back in May. The views from up here were incredible!
Sygun Cottage is centre of the picture. I walked to the lake on the left and the mountain behind the cottage.
It was nearing 11am, my landing slot for Llanbedr, so I headed away from Snowdon, over Porthmadog towards llanbedr.
You can see the runways quite cleary here. Once on the ground I was met by the Fly-Llanbedr staff who were very chatty about their plans for this airfield. I then walked to Shell Island, which is a camping ground by the coast. Its the green area at the bottom of the picture. A quick bite to eat in their cafe, then i walked along the coast to the very large sand dunes. Quite va bit of wildlife out here, herons, cormorants, oystercatchers, curlew and of course seagulls! After my trek I headed back to the airfield and prepared for the flight home. The blue skies were now cluttered with some clouds but not enough to cause any problems. I routed down the coast and then headed inland around Aberwystwyth, passing over miles of desolate hillside. If I had an engine failure here it could be hours before I was found !! I routed past kemble and avoided Brize this time, speaking to London Info then Farnborough LARS. Arrived back at Blackbushe just before 6pm having had a wonderful day :)
Flight Time: under 4hrs
Keywords: Common, Greenham, Island, Llanbedr, Mount, Shell, Snowdon, Star, Wales, Wars, coast, flight, mountains
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