Today I’ve spent time gathering all the information together for our flight. Think about approach plates, alternates, landing info, and highlighting the track on the map so I could see my drawn line a little bit better during the flight.
All bits and pieces are really coming together now. The printer is making over time, and I honestly don’t know how many trees had to die to print off all these documents.
Still on my todo list is now; printing off and looking at the weather, printing off and looking at the NOTAM, printing off the PLOG. All this have to wait until the day we’re going to fly out really. The weather forecast is looking really good, even in England, so I think it will be a go.
I’m getting more and more excited about this flight. Especially whilst doing the preparation. I have a bunch of maps, of which one is a very detailed map with a 1:250,000 scale. On this map I’ve been drawing out the route so I can have this on standby whilst flying, to recognise as much as possible.
After this I’ve been contacting the airfields Sherburn-in-Elmet and Crosland Moor if we’re still welcome, and asked some arrival information, where to park and such.
It was also time to start the necessary. These days I could file all border/custom related stuff online in one place, gendec.eu. So that is a lot easier than a couple of years ago, when I had to fill out a spreadsheet and send that by email to HMRC. I also created flight plan templates on Homebriefing, which I basically only have to submit before we go.
My wife is from Huddersfield, and in 2016, during my flying lessons, I’ve picked her up once from her hometown together with my FI. It was a legendary trip that I intended to do again as soon as I was licenced.
Now it’s the time, and scheduled this flight for the 29th of June 2018, coming back the day after. So I’ve started the preparation in plotting quickly a route in Skydemon and contacting airfields.
After calling both Crosland Moor, our final desination, and Sherburn-in-Elmet, for immigration and fuel, my plan was made, and now hoping for some really good weather.