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By GavM
#612830
Here's a quick write up of our Cornwall and Devon Adventure.

Our trip started on Saturday morning from a warm and sunny Gloucestershire Airport. We had intended to meet Adrian and Leia at Swansea around 0900 local, but due to faffing around (giving the Robin a triple check after Star Annual) we didn't depart Glos until gone 0900.

Arriving on the Swansea frequency and asking for airfield/joining instructions, we get a telling off for not having telephoned for PPR? This apparently is a new thing but it certainly wasn't required when I went there last summer.

We paid the landing fee (12 pounds) met Adrian and his passenger in the Piper Cub and Leia.

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Leia trying to work out where to put everything :shock:

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As this was Leia’s first time in a tail wheel aircraft, I did warn her that the take off run would be more interesting than a nose wheel :lol:

From Swansea our next stop was Eaglescott via Lundy to rendezvous with Alex (S&L) and Paul. Adrian paid Lundy a quick visit in the Cub but due to the rugged terrain and that the Robin was fairly loaded to due 3 people plus luggage, this one was just a couple of circuits over the Island for us.

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Once at Eaglescott we met with Alex and Paul and as per normal we waited for the Cub. Eventually we spotted him on Finals ;-)

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Before departing Egglescott we paid our landing fee of £5 and had a nice cup of tea 

Next on the itinerary was the Roserrow golf club, which has a 600 metre strip, (http://www.roserrow.co.uk/) for a spot of Lunch. The landing fee for Roserrow was normally £20 (apparently non negotiable) but after careful arbitration between Paul and the manager, he managed to reduce the landing fees by 25%. Even £15 in my humble opinion is steep, but apparently it due to their increased liability insurance requirements?

This was a fairly easy flight of 50nm along the North Devon coast. With some Cumulus cloud cover building up over the land we altered our track slightly and few along the coast avoiding any IMC.

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As we approached Roserrow we had left the cloud behind and had perfect conditions for the circuit and approach and landing.

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Once the Cub arrived (last as normal) we parked up and headed over to the club house for a long awaited lunch.

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Here’s most of the gang (minus me), with (Left to Right) Lowri, Adrian, Pete, Leia, Alex, Paul

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I must say Paul made us all laugh when he tried to blag further reduction of the landing fee with the receptionist, although she (or was it a he) wouldn’t have any of it.

After a nice light lunch in the golf club it was time head off to our next destination, Bodmin. As per normal things were taking longer than planned and as we all wanted to stay together (oh err) we made an executive decision to miss out Perranporth, Lands End and the Scilly Isles. Never having visited the Scilly Isles it was a bit disappointing, but it gives me an excuse to visit this neck of the woods again.

Anyway time for departure once again, we give the Cub the normal head start while I discuss with Paul some formation flying to Bodmin.

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Just like magic he appears on my left wing ;-)

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This was a fairly quick stop and as my parents were in the Bodmin area on holiday, they met us for a quick hello and cuppa. I guess as I was pre-occupied with fuelling the Robin and talking to my parents I forgot to take any pictures of Bodmin!

As time was getting on we all decided to move on to Bolt Head for our final part of Saturday’s adventure. For this leg I flew in the Bulldog with Paul (thank you). As we were about to depart, Bodmin Radio gave us a weather warning, as Plymouth was experiencing a Thunder Storm with lightning and hail. We decided to evaluate this information enroute and if need be divert around the weather, as Bolt Head was apparently fine and Sunny. As we approached Plymouth we could see the remains of the TS/CBs which had now gone out to sea.

We landed at Bolt Head around 1930 and setup camp for the night with the Cub being last to arrive again ;-)

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Out came the kitchen and dinning facilities from Paul’s Bulldog. I think this guy really lives in this plane.

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Thanks to Paul for doing the BBQ and he did a fantastic job of filling our bellies with food and beer. It worked out really well with most of us bringing a few bits and pieces.

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As the evening progressed the temperature dropped significantly, some of us felt the cold more than others.

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After unsuccessfully being unable to find a pub after the BBQ we decided to have a couple more beers then hit the sack as we were all pretty knackered.

The long cold night had taken its toll on Paul as he was struggling to find a use for the frying pan. I think the only one who had a good nights sleep was Leia in her sub zero rated sleeping bag.

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He finally then worked out how to use the frying pans.

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Thankfully Alex took control of the situation and cooked us all some lovely Bacon and Sausage baps. This went down well with everyone and was just what we needed to motivate us.

Once breakfast was over it was time to move on to the next part of the journey. Most of us were packed and ready to go but Paul still has a few bits left to pack

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First off was the Cub as per normal. As Adrian always left before us there are probably more photos of him than anything else!

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The next stop was Egglesford. I had been warned about this strip as you land uphill and was slightly anxious. In the end it was fairly easy, although I could see how you could quite easily get into trouble.

Wow what a wonderful place. I’ve never been to such a welcoming place. Before we could say “Jack Robinson” the kettle was on and the biscuits were on the table. We went to pay the landing fee and they wouldn’t take one? What sort of airfield won't take your landing fee :shock:

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Not only did they supply the tea and biscuits, they gave us a personal tour of all their aircraft of which nearly all of them are airworthy and have a permit or CofA.

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This one saw action in World War II.

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Once again we stayed longer than intended so Adrian decided to miss out Dunkeswell and hit Treborough then Swansea. We said goodbyes to Adrian and moved onto Dunkeswell for fuel and refreshments.

Arriving at Dunkeswell they were fairly busy and were parachuting so time for a good lookout before joining and landing.

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Well that’s about it. We stayed at Dunkeswell for an hour or so and then said our goodbyes to everyone else. We then headed back to Swansea to drop Leia off and then back to Gloucestershire.

On the climb out from Swansea the Garmin GPS battery finally failed so it was back to good old VOR navigation. I did a lot of training around this area and knew the BCN VOR radial (090) for Gloucestershire so dialled it in and enjoyed the last leg of the Flight.

Here’s the GPS timings etc (had to bodge the last leg) from the trip.

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Gavin

All the photos from the trip can be found here: [url]http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn220/gavmayo/[/url]
By QDMQDMQDM
#612857
Super pics. I don't think you can beat the West Country. There are places more spectacular, but nowhere more beautiful. It is also very welcoming to light aircraft.

Glad you had a good weekend and that you appreciated the spirit of The People's Republic of Eggesford!
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By Flyin'Dutch'
#612867
Looks like a super weekend and great pictures.

I am very proud that you 'weathered' the weather in a tent. During last year's trip only the hardest strippers braved the night in a tent; the rest succumbing to the mod cons of the host's mansion!

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By Aerotech Flyer
#612877
Well done Gang!
All the ingredients for a great trip :thumleft: .
Looks like you have plenty of reasons to get back down there again for the Scilly Isles, Perranporth and Treborough etc. Hopefully join in a fly-out with you in the future.
All the best
AF :cheers:
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By BE35
#612882
Well done all!! looks like a great time was had by all, love the frying pan saga :lol:
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By Talkdownman
#612890
A great trip and beautiful weather! Looks like great fun! Well done!
Lundy is a 'must-do', a fabulous escape!
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By wessex boy
#612920
Great write up, looks a fantastic trip!
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By Adrian
#612928
Looks like you had almost as much fun as we did last year!

(We, of course, had the extra enjoyment of watching FD pitch his tent, and seeing the expression on his sleep-deprived face the next morning when he finally gave up on the tent, came inside at dawn, and started doing the washing up. )

It's a beautiful part of the world to fly.

Nice pics!
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By Merlin83b
#612937
Looks like a wonderful trip, well done folks!
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By ADP
#613274
Some more photos from my wonderful P2 Lowri:

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By QDMQDMQDM
#613319
Nice pics, ADP. Too much fun! Isn't Lundy just made for the Cub?
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By Dave W
#613690
I wish I'd re-briefed Her Indoors about priorities and invited myself along, now! Great stuff.

GavM / ADP - would the Dauphin spats have been an issue if it had gone into Lundy? In other words, how smooth is the surface? From those enticing pics it looks much better than I'd thought.
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By ADP
#613813
Thanks chaps, that was the most enjoyable14 hours of flying i've ever had :D brilliant scenery, great company, a wonderful little aircraft - a truly magical weekend :D

QDM - very true, it suited the Cub's short-field characteristics perfectly. What an amazing location! One that every pilot should try at some point with a suitable aircraft :)

Dave W - that's a difficult one for me to judge as i've never flown a spatted aircraft off of grass before! I found that the surface was actually not as bad as had been made out although the grass was quite long, averaging 2-3 but upto 4 inches in places on the runway - so long you had a hard time seeing the white runway edge markers! To give you some idea of the performance degradation, at MAUW i've found the Cub normally uses a little under 250m on grass to become airbourne with no wind, but it took us a good 325m or so to alight from Lundy with an 8kt headwind!
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By GavM
#613867
[quote='Dave W']I wish I'd re-briefed Her Indoors about priorities and invited myself along, now! Great stuff.

GavM / ADP - would the Dauphin spats have been an issue if it had gone into Lundy? In other words, how smooth is the surface? From those enticing pics it looks much better than I'd thought.[/quote]

Dave. If I took the Robin to Lundy, I'd take off the spats. It's something I may look into sometime this year but I'd need to study the Robin's take-off performance. With two up and half tanks the Robin can get airboune in around 250-300 meters. Without looking was Lundy 400 meters?

Gav.
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By GavM
#613871
[quote='ADP']Thanks chaps, that was the most enjoyable14 hours of flying i've ever had :D brilliant scenery, great company, a wonderful little aircraft - a truly magical weekend :D

QDM - very true, it suited the Cub's short-field characteristics perfectly. What an amazing location! One that every pilot should try at some point with a suitable aircraft :)

Dave W - that's a difficult one for me to judge as i've never flown a spatted aircraft off of grass before! I found that the surface was actually not as bad as had been made out although the grass was quite long, averaging 2-3 but upto 4 inches in places on the runway - so long you had a hard time seeing the white runway edge markers! To give you some idea of the performance degradation, at MAUW i've found the Cub normally uses a little under 250m on grass to become airbourne with no wind, but it took us a good 325m or so to alight from Lundy with an 8kt headwind![/quote]

I'll agree with that Adrian. One of the best weekends flying I've ever had. Look forward to many more :D