JAFO wrote:Heard some light aircraft overhead this evening. It'll be a while before I get airborne again as the club I fly with has a 6 week recency rule and I'm way outside that now but it was great to hear them flying, such a lovely evening for it.
I would have a chat with them, if it’s a club rule they may well be amenable to relaxing it if it will get you renting again sooner!
I did, they were, they did and I did. Or, to put it another way, I did speak to them, they were assessing each person individually and they were happy for me to fly. So, I booked a slot for this afternoon. Many thanks to @malcolmfrost. They had really good procedures in place which meant I didn't have to meet anyone at all and didn't have to go inside the clubhouse though hand washing and gloves were available.
After more than eight weeks of staring wistfully out of the window at CAVOK conditions, it occurred to me this morning that there was a God, that He is vengeful and that I must have been really bad because the TAFs nearby read:
PROB30 TEMPO 2110/2113 29010KT 4000 +TSRA BKN045CB
PROB30 TEMPO 2109/2114 3000 +TSRAGS BKN045CB
PROB30 TEMPO 2109/2111 4000 +TSRAGS
PROB40 TEMPO 2110/2114 23015G30KT 3000 +TSGR BKN045CB
Still, not one to be daunted or deterred by the odd PROB30 or even PROB40, I went along to the airfield and it turned out that He is a kind and beneficent creator as the actual when I arrived was:
29005KT 9999 SCT035 SCT 060 23/15 Q1019 NOSIG=
It was great just to be airborne. It wasn't my prettiest or most accurate but it was safe and within 30 minutes I felt that I'd scraped off enough rust and was feeling fine. A bit high on approach but I stopped within the confines of the airfield and the aeroplane remained usable.
Not only was it my first post-lockdown flight, it also gave me enough hours to revalidate by experience this time round without any need for an extension.
I am chuffed to little mintballs